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Kiel (pronounced Kyle) Johnson  – Founder 

Kiel Johnson has parked every kind of bike to roam Portland’s streets. In 2011, he developed the idea Go By Bike based on the question, “how can we make arriving and leaving a place by bicycle the best possible experience”. The company started only offering repairs but in 2012 we expanded to bike valet as well.  The year before the valet started on the nicest day there were 200 bikes parked under the tram. Today it is 600.

In 2011 Kiel was the youngest recipient of the Alice Toeclips award for bicycle advocacy for his work organizing and popularizing the concept of bike trains to increase kids biking to school. Portland has a dream of a 25% bicycle mode share. Kiel has a dream of a 35% bicycle mode share. In his spare time he plays chess, reads the New Yorker cover to cover, sails, drinks good beer, and smokes good pot. He graduated in 2009 from Lewis and Clark College in economics and history. He also has a United Bicycle Insititute certificate in professional bicycle repair.

Colin Blanton – Afternoon Mechanic

gobybikepicColin Blanton is an Alabama native. His love of cycling was instilled at an early age, as his father and most of his other family members have been avid cyclers since the early 80’s. After moving to Chicago in 2011, Colin’s love for cycling bloomed even further as he discovered what it was like to reach any location in a massive metropolis via bicycle. Portland’s fertile bike culture has further informed the importance of a bike-centric lifestyle to him, and he plans on being car-less by 2017. 

 

 

 

Anders Hedlund –

A swede on a year long visit in Portland. Except for fetching or fixing your bike he can also advise you in the jungle of wines.
He truly believes in bikes and biking as a way to change the world into a better place.
When not at the Valet you can probably find him camping somewhere within biking distance from Portland.