QCB Executive Director Job Description

Executive Director, Queen City Bike

Queen City Bike, the bicycle advocacy organization for Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana, is seeking an Executive Director. The Executive Director represents QCB to the public, local businesses and government agencies in many ways: leading presentations, setting up events, hands-on instruction for children and adults, participating with other groups, gathering success stories from bike advocacy groups around the country, and managing established programs like Bike Month. The ED for Queen City Bike is the champion  for a healthy, active, environmentally responsible lifestyle as a direct benefit tied to Greater Cincinnati’s bicycling movement.

The Executive Director reports to an active Board of Directors, and works in concert with the President of the Board. The position is part time (average 30 hours/week).

About Queen City Bike:

Queen City Bike is a bicycle advocacy 501(c)(3) with a mission to create strong and active communities by promoting the bicycle as a safe, accessible, and low-stress choice for everyday transportation. We build support for bicycling infrastructure, policy, education, and culture using a grassroots approach that works closely with community organizations, local leaders, and citizens to make our streets safer for all users.

Executive Director Responsibilities:


  • Build and sustain relationships with allied businesses and organizations via shared goals, financial or in-kind support, Research, write, and manage grant applications to sustain and grow QCB’s annual budget.
  • Work with the Board to grow attendance, membership and income generated from events including but not limited to Bike Valet and Bike Month.
  • Manage membership retention and growth.


  • Facilitate monthly membership meetings and provide progress reports to the Board and membership.
  • Respond to inquiries from prospective new members and financial sponsors.
  • Serve as point of contact for media requests.
  • Update website and social media.
  • Continue and expand QCB’s consultation services with Groundwork Cincinnati / Mill Creek and the Regional Trails Alliance.
  • Work with President and Board to prepare the annual report.

    Legislative Support

  • Build and maintain strong relationships with local and state DOTE Bike Programs.
  • Participate in meetings with alliance organizations.
  • Build and maintain relationships with legislators; be knowledgeable about relevant legislation
  • Send email Action Alerts to the Board, sponsors, and membership on bicycle transportation projects and advocacy campaigns.
  • Facilitate implementation of  bicycling infrastructure and policy through local city and regional plans
  • Support and champion local, state, and national bicycle campaigns with partner organizations such as The League of American Bicyclists, The Alliance for Biking and Walking, and Safe Routes to School.

    Education and Programming

  • Manage the Bike Friendly Destinations Program.
  • Coordinate with the Cincinnati Bike Center to hold Bike With Confidence Classes.
  • Coordinate with The NKY Health Department and other partner organizations to run the Queen City Blinkies Program.
  • Lead bike safety and bike commuting lectures and classes.


Our ideal candidate should be a current bicycle commuter and passionate about bicycle transportation.  The applicant must have excellent communications skills, a flexible personality, be a confident and persuasive public speaker, skill in project management, and experience coordinating and motivating volunteers. Experience with blogging, grant writing, and community organizing is preferable.

How To Apply:

To apply, submit your resume and a one-page cover letter to Board President, Frank Henson, at Frank.Henson@queencitybike.com. We welcome and encourage candidates who represent and can work with people of many different backgrounds.






Ride for Clean Ohio Saturday, September 6th!

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the ride flyer

Queen City Bike has partnered with the Ohio League of Conservation Voters to offer a ride highlighting projects funded by the Clean Ohio Fund to preserve and improve our region’s ecology and natural resources. Clean Ohio funds have been instrumental in many of our local bike/walking trails including the Ohio River Trail and the Mill Creek Greenway Trail.

The ride departs from Otto Armleder Park at 9AM on Saturday September 6th.

A short and a long route are available for you to choose from. The long route includes a section of on-street bike lanes.

You can find out more information about the Clean Ohio Fund and the projects it supports at http://development.ohio.gov/cleanohio/.

Come join us! We hope to see you there.




Cincy Summer Streets



For the first time, free “summer streets” events will take place ​in Cincinnati this summer and the first one is ​this Saturday ​in Walnut Hills/East Walnut Hills. Cincy Summer Streets is opening up a mile of city streets – on McMillan and Woodburn from Peebles Corner to DeSales Corner ​ – for people to play! N​O CARS​ — only people, on bikes, or running, or walking. We ​all ​get to play in the streets.

​Please – bring your bike and come ride in the OPEN STREET! There’s something magical about riding on a street with no cars! Try it!​
​Plus, special, fun and free activities will take place at “play-stops” next to the open streets.
Check out our website and see all the activities, details, and a map here.​
Cincy Summer Streets is joining the ​more than 100 Summer Street-type events taking place across the country each summer in cities like Indianapolis,​ New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle.​

Numerous free, fun 
activities will take place alongside the ​open street ​route, including hula hooping, double-dutch jump roping, salsa dancing, a circus, yoga, bicycle obstacle course, ​flash mob ​dance and belly dancing classes, art-making, ​street painting,​ bike rental, magic show and more! ​And the route includes local business districts with unique, locally-owned shops and restaurants.

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Saturday, July 19 – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm – East Walnut Hills and Walnut Hills neighborhoods 
route: Woodburn Ave will be closed to cars between Madison Road and E. McMillan Street and E. McMillan Street will be closed thru Gilbert Ave. (see map below) 

Activities provided by ​Art on the Streets, ​Pones, Inc., Cincinnati Bike Center, Circus Mojo, Magician Richard, Collaborative Painting, Play Cincy, Exhale, REI, Cincinnati Parks, Hoopinnati, Double Dutch Cincinnati Rope Twisters, Queen City Bike, The Shakti Factory (belly dancing), The Yoga Bar, Montessori Center Room Art and more!
Cincy Summer Streets 2014 is supported by the Walnut Hills Area Council, Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation, East Walnut Hills Assembly, Art on the Streets, and the City of Cincinnati. The events are sponsored by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and Interact for Health.

We can still use a few volunteers if you’d like to help out before or after you play in the street. CIncy Summer Streets is looking for volunteers for 2 or 3 hour shifts starting at 8:00 am, 10:30 am and 12:30 pm. Volunteers can greet participants, assist activity organizers or serve as a “runner.”  Event info:www.cincysummerstreets.org Volunteer signup: http://vols.pt/pq1LJ8  Minimum age requirement is 14, younger with an adult. Students can also receive Community Service hours for volunteering.

​If you can’t make it this weekend, Cincy Summer Streets travels to Northside on August 24. Stay tuned for those details!


Earn A Bike Youth Program this Summer

Queen City Bike, Mobo Bike Coop, and Rails to Trails have partnered to receive a grant bringing an Earn a Bike program to Cincinnati young adults this summer!

Earn a Bike summer program

Earn a Bike summer program flyer

Each student will receive a (used) bicycle, bike helmet, lock, and set of lights for completing the program.
The Earn a Bike has two sessions this summer, all on Monday afternoons from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. meeting at Mobo Bicycle Collective [1415 Knowlton Ave.]
The first session runs June 23rd through July 14th.
The second session runs July 21st through August 11th.
Please ask the young people you know if they would be interested in taking the course and earning themselves a bike. Enrollment is open and is first come first serve.
Youth interested in earning a bike must:
  • Be in need of a properly sized and functioning bicycle.
  • Complete the entire four classes to receive a bike.
  • Be able to get to class on time.
  • Be prepared for class by wearing clothes ready for getting dirty, sweaty, etc.

 You can leaning more about the program and sign up a youth by contacting Nern at nern@queencitybike.org or (513) 205-3059.


We got a Greater Cincinnati Foundation Grant

The Cinci Holiday Bike Drive, a program of QCB, received a Summertime Kids grant from the Greater Cincinnati Foundation for Earn-A-Bike!

What is Earn-a-bike?

The Earn-a-Bike project experience is somewhere between a job skills training and summer camp. Participants in the Earn-A-Bike project work with experienced bicycle mechanics learning to completely refurbish and repair a used bicycle.  The ten participants “earn” their bicycle through learning and labor (8 days x 3 hours/day = a 24 hour commitment.) The Cinci Holiday Bike Drive (CHBD) project is able to provide each participant with a bicycle, at about 1/6 the cost of a new bicycle. The bicycles are donated/recycled through our organization and we buy all repair parts, shop supplies and helmets at wholesale through a bicycle shop. Our volunteer bicycle mechanics love bicycles, and bicycling, and will pass on to the participants the joy of working with your hands, the pride of seeing the results of project to completion, and the healthy fun of bicycle riding.


The Cinci Holiday Bike Drive volunteer bike mechanics have experience teaching bike repair and are currently employed in bicycle shops. On the program’s first day, participants learn about rules and tools, safety, parts of the bike, and choose a bicycle to refurbish. Each day after that has a lesson plan (e.g. lesson 1- tires and tubes, lesson 2- wheels and hubs, lessons 3-brake cables/adjusting brakes and brake pads) which is discussed and demonstrated, but the majority of the time will be hands on activity. The teens will work together, and those that master the skills are encouraged to help others with learning. The last day of the program will be for final touches on the bicycles, safety checks by the mechanics, receiving bicycle helmets and bicycle locks, and learning the League of American Bicyclistssafe riding skills through games ( e.g. a balance race where the slowest rider to the finish line wins!) An added bonus of Earn-A-Bike has the participants learning applied math and science without realizing it (e.g. What is 70 psi of air? How to calculate the circumference of a seat post. All bicycle parts use the metric system.)

How Do We Grow From Here?

What kind of growth do you want for our community?

PrintShare your thoughts with OKI.

The OKI Regional Council of Governments is updating a policy plan to improve quality of life and service to the public in southwest Ohio, northern Kentucky, and southeast Indiana, and they want to hear from you. Issues in the plan affect everyday life in the region, such as congestion on roadways, the attractiveness of communities for business and job creation, housing for all ages, income levels and family types and adequate water and sewer facilities. The draft plan and questions to invite feedback are available on-line. To find out more and share your opinions, visit www.howdowegrow.org