Seattle Met names me a 2014 ‘Game Changer’

Photo by Brandon Hill. It's not online yet, so you'll have to pick up a copy of the January 2015 issue to see it all.

Photo by Brandon Hill. You’ll have to pick up a copy of the January 2015 issue to see it all (or check it out online here)

My mother wants me to send her “at least three copies” of the January 2015 issue of Seattle Met. That’s because the magazine and its political news arm Publicola named me one of 15 “game changers who will spend 2015 addressing the biggest challenges facing Seattle.”

Yikes! No pressure. :-)

I’m honored to be included in this list, which is packed with awesome people. You can read about all of them online or go out and pick up a copy.

The short profile talks about how I started my career in journalism at a terrible time to try to get a job in that industry (I graduated from college in 2008, when newsrooms were closing or hemorrhaging jobs in Seattle and around the nation). But, the profile notes, I “created a niche of his own: Seattle Bike Blog.”

Of course, it’s rather silly to give me all the credit for that. Seattle Bike Blog only exists because of our local sponsors and, critically, support from all of you who give a bit of your hard earned cash each and every month through our paid subscriber program. I cannot thank you enough. Everyone who reads and leaves comments or sends news tips is vital to keeping this site going.

But perhaps most importantly, the blog would be pretty boring if all you great bike leaders and inspirational folks were not out there doing great stuff worthy of writing and reading about.

I am just the lucky dude with the best job in Seattle: Writing daily about bikes and how they are making our city better. Thanks for reading, everyone. Here’s to an awesome 2015 on two wheels.

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18 Responses to Seattle Met names me a 2014 ‘Game Changer’

  1. Janine says:

    That is fabulous, Tom! And so well-deserved.

  2. Peri Hartman says:

    It’s ok if you pat yourself on the back. True, the sponsors are needed but it takes guts and effort to be relevant, write and publish reliably, and to stick your neck out with your opinions and analysis. Keep of the great work!

  3. Adam says:

    Wow, good job Tom! Keep up the good work.

    I’d like to contribute some funds to you but don’t like having my card autocharged every month. Is there a way to make a one-time contribution?

  4. Theresa says:

    Congrats! Well deserved!

  5. Josh says:

    Not to take anything away from your well-earned recognition, but check out #3 on the list, too: Dongho Chang, SDOT Transportation Traffic Engineer, former member of the Seattle Bicycle Advisory Board and a member of the Bicycle Technical Committee of the National Committee on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (the people who handle the bicycle section of the MUTCD, which sets the national standard for traffic control devices like bicycle signal heads and shared lane markings).

    2 of the top 15 Game Changers in all of Seattle are there for their support for safe, active transportation.

  6. Marge Evans says:

    congratulations! I read the magazine, good company.

  7. Bryan Paetsch says:

    Well Done!

  8. Kevin says:

    Fabulous and well-deserved, Tom! From all of us who bicycle and all those who aspire to bicycle, Thank You.

    Regular SBB readers: get out your checkbooks….

  9. Karl says:

    Thanks for bringing up the paid subscriber option, I don’t think I was aware of it before. Subscribed!

    Congratulations, and keep up the good work!

  10. merlin says:

    Proud to be a subscriber, a friend and a fan!

  11. Lisa says:

    Congrats, Tom! I especially love your effort supporting rides such as the Ice Cream Sundae and Cranksgiving!

  12. Taylor says:

    Congrats Tom

    Article got me wondering; have you ever had any prolonged conversion with councilmember Sawant. Seems like you and her might have some points of agreement. Though she seems very focused on workers rights issues.

  13. M.J. says:

    Congratulations, Tom! It’s well-deserved recognition.

  14. Virchow says:

    Your blog is money well spent Tom! Congrats on the recognition and the huge difference you have made in this city’s infrastructure, dialogue and aspirations!

  15. Deb says:

    Tom- Congratulations!!! An honor that is well deserved!!

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