To say Jim Shanman lives and breathes bicycle and pedestrian safety would be an understatement. Jim is a Los Angeles native, growing up nearby in the San Fernando Valley, though he has called Culver City home since 1999. He has been involved in bicycle advocacy since 1997, first with the local mountain bike group CORBA and more recently with the Culver City Bicycle Coalition, which he co-founded in 2010. In 2012, Jim was appointed to the Expo Phase 2 Bicycle Advisory Committee, representing County Supervisorial District 2. A League of American Bicyclists licensed League Cycling Instructor (LCI), Jim has lead numerous adult bicycle safety courses and private "how to ride" lessons with children and adults alike.
"Our students deserve to live, walk and bike in the safest community on the Westside and I’m going to do all I can to make that happen" -- Jim Shanman, Culver City Safe Routes to School Coordinator
But it’s as a father of a CCUSD student and local advocate that motivates Jim. “These are my friends and neighbors and my daughter’s friends and classmates. You can bet we’re going to set the bar high, because there is nowhere to hide” explains Jim. “Culver City is awesome. Our schools are fabulous. Our students deserve to live, walk and bike in the safest community on the Westside and I’m going to do all I can to make that happen”.
Jim founded Walk ‘n Rollers in part because there weren’t more groups doing enough to keep children safe and help schools develop sustainable walk-bike to school programs. Most parents discourage walking and biking to school for a variety of reasons, but Jim sees it as an important developmental skill. “Children learn so much by walking and biking to school. From making good decisions and developing community awareness to learning what it means to start being independent.”
If you spend any time in Culver City, you are likely to see Jim pedaling and walking around, day or night on the streets, on the bike paths and beyond. On weekends, Jim enjoys heading to the mountains for some trail riding or rolling down the coast to Palos Verdes.