Simon is one of many faces behind the scenes of Bay Area Bike Share.
Each day, he’s working to keep things moving by tracking station usage, rebalancing at popular stations, and performing minor repairs. He’s also one of the most positive people we’ve ever met!
Name: Simon D.
Official job title? Deputy Operations Manager
Tell us what you do on a daily/weekly basis.
A little bit of everything; station work, rebalancing, in-field bike repairs. Also deployment planning for new stations.
Born and raised? San Mateo, raised in New Zealand
Where do you live now / what’s your commute to work?
I live in San Mateo. I ride to the San Mateo Caltrain Station and get off at the 22nd St. Station.
Best part about New Zealand? Best part about the Bay Area?
NZ: The beach and relaxed people.
Bay Area: The huge bike culture and all the live music.
What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I can do the haka.
How long have you been working for Bay Area Bike Share? Any memories particularly stand out?
I’ve been working here for 9 months. Memories include riding around on BABS and watching the America’s Cup which we didn’t quite win.
What’s the number one question you get from customers in the field?
Q: Is there an easier way to get the bike out? A: Lift that seat!
Besides Bay Area Bike Share, what bike do you ride?
My commute bike (Schwinn Sporterra) and for fun a half size penny farthing.
What safety tip/general advice would you give to new riders (Bike Share or otherwise)?
Don’t be a “salmon” in the bike lane i.e. don’t ride against the direction of the bike lane!
Thank you Simon!