Melissa Balmer

Melissa is a writer, speaker, and media relations specialist with the personal mission is to bring the connecting power of personally engaging storytelling to help showcase the bike as a tool for optimism. Melissa is also the Media Director for the California Bicycle Coalition, and produces the Pedal Love radio podcasts for KPFK's BikeTalk. Learn more at

Leah Shahum Talks Vision Zero

Melissa Balmer, Director of Women on Bikes California/, talks with Leah Shahum, who after 12 years is stepping down as Executive Director of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. more »

Sep 30, 2014 8:29 AM Features

Pedaling Through the Pain

For Charis Hill, movement is crucial and her bike is central to this need. more »

Aug 5, 2014 12:10 PM Features 7 Comments

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Gaining Strength and Building a Better Community Through Recovery

Diagnosed with the incurable, but treatable, blood cancer Multiple Myeloma, Mat Goldman credits his passion for bicycling as being essential in assisting his relatively early diagnosis. more »

Sep 16, 2013 7:24 AM Features

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The Power of the Female Perspective a Key Focus at the Pro Walk/ Pro Bike Conference & First National Women’s Bicycling Summit

At the Pro Walk/ Pro Bike: Pro Place 2012 women will make up 50% of conference presentations. more »

Aug 31, 2012 8:24 AM Bike Advocacy Blog

Pro Walk/ Pro Bike 2012 Keynote Speaker Interview - Mikael Colville-Andersen

Women on Bikes SoCal's Melissa Balmer discusses marketing, anthropology, fashion and more with Mikael Colville-Andersen. more »

Aug 24, 2012 8:07 AM Bike Advocacy Blog