Ken joined Bike New York after spending his entire career working for the City of New York, previously serving as the City’s Sports Commissioner, a position he held for 12 years. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Commissioner/Chief Financial Officer for the Taxi & Limousine Commission; Assistant Commissioner of Finance for the Department of Youth & Community Development; and Senior Project Manager for the Economic Development Corporation. Ken began his career as an urban planner for the Department of Housing Preservation & Development, where he was the project manager of Metro Tech, a $1 billion commercial, academic and technology center that was responsible for revitalizing downtown Brooklyn. He graduated from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications and the Whitman School of Management. He received his graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, and currently serves on a variety of boards, including The League of American Bicyclists, Achilles International, United Jewish Appeal, Sports for Youth Committee, and the National Sports Marketing Network.
Favorite restaurant and what to order:
The Zen calm of HanGawi, a vegetarian Korean restaurant in Murray Hill, is a great escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s also where I met my wife on the best blind date ever. The rice bowls are all delicious, but make sure to try the organic wheat-free kale pancakes as an appetizer. (It tastes a lot better than it sounds.)
I like working for Bike New York because:
I love that we empower people to lead healthier, more productive lives through bicycling, and I feel blessed to be able to work with such a talented, committed and big-hearted group of people. My favorite part of the job is getting out to our classes and teaching kids and adults to ride—being by their side during that amazing moment when they’re riding for the first time is pure joy!
Dream big, work hard, stay focused and, most importantly, surround yourself with good people.
Dream vacation destination:
A ride through the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Last good book read:
I love historical fiction, especially about old New York. Reading The Alienist by Caleb Carr felt as if a time machine brought me back to 1896.
Something people are surprised to learn about me:
Growing up I was an avid skateboarder and I now ride with my daughters.
Favorite post-ride treat:
Short rides: ice cream. Long rides: an ice cold beer.