James Davies has been named executive director of Greater Milwaukee’s local nonprofit bikeshare program, Bublr Bikes. Davies, a lawyer and bicycle advocate, has served as Bublr’s Senior Director of Operations and Planning for the past two years. We caught up with James as he is transitioning into his new role and asked him a few questions that should help you get to know him!
When did you start working for Bublr?
I started working at Bublr part-time in the fall of 2014. But while I helped build the first 47 bikes prior to that while working at Wheel & Sprocket
This is Bublr’s fifth year anniversary serving the Greater Milwaukee area. What do you see as the most significant change you’ve encountered over the years?
From the perspective of Bublr, the biggest change is just the size of the system. When I started, we had 9 stations, now we have 88.
What do you see as the future of bikeshare in general and Bublr in particular?
I hope bikeshare and Bublr continue to expand and play a role in shifting transportation away from single occupancy cars.
What is the last book you read?
The most recent book I finished reading was The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
What’s the best advice you ever received?
“Security is mostly a superstition, it does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” It’s a Helen Keller quote, but my dad went through a phase when I was a kid of printing up various quotes on different backgrounds and framing them. He gave that one to me and it hung over my bed for years. Since then there have been lots of junctures in my life where that quote helped me make the harder, scarier, but also right choice.