Board Member

Roshin Kurian

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Why is being a board member of NABSA important to you?
NABSA has been a space for me to grow myself professionally, share resources, and become part of a community of like-minded individuals. Each year I have attended the NABSA conferences, my desire to want to be more involved increases. I have watched the board prioritize equity and have felt the inclusivity and alignment with my values, first-hand. I hope to take my learnings working in the public health and transportation worlds and use my voice to further the never-ending work of creating access for all folks to experience the wonders of bike share and micromobility across North America and beyond.

What experience or insight do you bring to your position on the board?
I have over 12 years of experience in the public sector working in public health and transportation spaces. During that time, my leadership has grown multiple pilot and permanent programs focused on transportation and health equity and access. In New York, I worked through the Health Department’s Center for Health Equity and the Better Bike Share Partnership to pilot CitiBike for Youth and Prescribe a Bike in Brooklyn, NY. For the past five years in Portland, I have led our Biketown for All and Adaptive Biketown programs to record ridership every year. Additionally, People for Bikes and the Better Bike Share Partnership Living Labs grant has allowed us to pilot Prescribe a Bike PDX, a subset of Biketown for All, connecting further e-bike education and access to our high school and County Health patients who could benefit. My lived experience as bike-loving, woman of color who grew up with limited means makes this work personal and important and reminds me that I get to be a voice for those who get left out of the conversation. I believe that my experiences and passion to connect to people make me an asset as a board member, and I look forward to the opportunity to represent.