Keith Holt Wins National Award for Advocate of the Year

Naomi Doerner from the Alliance for Biking and Walking presents Keith Holt with the award for National Advocate of the Year.

Keith Holt, the Wisconsin Bike Fed’s Southeast Region Director, beat out 13 competitors to win the Advocate of the Year award at Tuesday night’s Advocacy Awards ceremony, presented by the Alliance for Biking & Walkingin DC. The Alliance is a national coalition of more than 200 state and local organizations that promote healthy and sustainable transportation and recreation options.   “The staff at the Wisconsin Bike Fed could not be more proud of Keith Holt and the decade of leadership he has provided working to improve bicycling equity”  according to Dave Schlabowske.

Keith has a long history of working at the neighborhood and city level in Milwaukee and Chicago as well as at the state and federal level to improve access to bicycling for everyone. He is leading the biking and walking movement into a greater understanding of how to incorporate diversity and equity into its work. In his own advocacy work, he’s consistently built partnerships with communities of color to encourage healthier lifestyles and to use bicycling as a tool for social change. In addition to his work at the Wisconsin Bike Fed, Holt helps with the formation of Milwaukee Bicycle Works and serves as chairman of the Milwaukee Bike Ped Task Force and is on the League of American Bicyclists Equity Committee.

“From Chicago to Milwaukee, Keith has helped turn not only neighborhoods and cities but entire states into better places,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of the Alliance for Biking & Walking. “He’s paid incredible attention to the future of cycling advocacy and has played a mentor role to countless advocates, especially youth.”

The Advocate of the Year award goes to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to transform his/her state/community into a great place for biking and walking and whose time, knowledge, creativity, and commitment are of the highest standard of excellence, exemplifying a role model for peers. The staff at the Wisconsin Bike Fed could not be more proud of Keith Holt and the decades of leadership he has provided working to improve bicycling equity.

Keith, along with both Dave’s and two others staffers from the Bike Fed are in DC at the National Bike Summit this week, working on national policy in addition to picking up awards. Dave Cieslewicz added this from Washington,”We’re very proud of Keith. Equity was the central issue at this year’s Summit and our own Keith Holt is right in the center of it.”

About Jessica Wineberg, Deputy Director

The second staff member hired for the Milwaukee office 13 years ago, Jessica started our Safe Routes to School and adult bicyclist and motorist education and is now focusing on passing and implementing an equitable Complete Streets Policy in Milwaukee. Jessica lives in the Riverwest neighborhood with her son Everett.

4 thoughts on “Keith Holt Wins National Award for Advocate of the Year

  1. I had the opportunity to attend Keith’s panel on equity at the WI Bike Summit last year, and he gave an inspiring, thought-provoking presentation. Congratulations to the award, Keith!

  2. Congratulations to Keith! Having worked alongside him on several fronts over the last few years, he is indeed tireless in his efforts in the city and belief that it is the bike that can be the “glue!” Bravo, Keith!

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