Karen Karabell named new St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation chair

Central West End resident Karen Karabell took office as chair of the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the annual meeting of the 150-member bicycling advocacy group.

"Karen has been a board member since November 2004 and has shown a great deal of skill and passion in a number of bike advocacy projects," said outgoing Chair Bob Foster. "Her organizational abilities, vision and energy, will serve St. Louis cyclists well as the Bike Fed moves forward."

In another leadership change, Webster Groves resident Ben Hockenhull has been appointed to the new position of chair-elect. A part time employee of the Bike and Rack Shack and one of two leaders in the restoration of Bicycle Works, Hockenhull has been on the Bike Federation board since 2003.

The other officers of the Bicycle Federation are:
Vice Chair: Jason McClelland
Treasurer: John Sweet, M.D.
Secretary: Carrie Zukoski
Past Chair: Bob Foster
The board members of the Bicycle Federation are:
Martin Pion
Wes Ridgeway
Patrick Van Der Tuin
Russell A. Willis, III
In other business, the Bike Federation began forming committees to pursue priority projects, in Bicycle
Parking, Commuter Education and the Annual Bicycle Swap Meet and Classic Bike Show. The members also amended the Bylaws to permit creation of an advisory board.

A 501c3 all volunteer not-for-profit, the St. Louis Regional Bicycle Federation is dedicated to making the two state metropolitan St. Louis region a better place to bike. Information about the Bike Federation is online at www.stlbikefed.org.