The Third Mode Bonus Chapters: Progress in Walking, Bicycling, and Micromobility for Transportation

A decade after initial publication, The Third Mode author will provide an update to discuss recent accomplishments that tie into the central concept of “the third mode” including his co-founding of Citi Bike, building the Empire State Trail, and recently developing re:Charge-e for e-bikes/scooters.

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January 18, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Pacific Time) {more time zones}

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Webinar Outline

Since publishing The Third Mode a decade ago (the book was launched on one of the first American Trails webinars The Third Mode: Connecting Greenways, Trails and Active Mobility), Jeff has added to his long list of stories to share with our community.

For this webinar, he'll talk about three of them:

  1. Co-founding of Citi Bike,
  2. Building the Empire State Trail, and
  3. Developing re:Charge-e for e-bikes/scooters

All of these topics will tie to the central concept of “the third mode” (we can’t solve problems by only looking at two polar opposites). It's been a great ride for several decades. Join us for this new American Trails webinar and see what's next on the horizon.

Learning Objectives:

  • Leadership: learn about being in challenging situations that require big risks that can create big rewards.
  • Overcoming Challenges: find out what happens when your project literally gets hit by a hurricane and learn how to keep focus in even the world situations.
  • Vision: understand how much potential the trails community has to offer and levels beyond where we’ve been, and take the opportunity to grow our movement to the next level.


This webinar qualifies as a Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) course (via LA CES).

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Jeff Olson, Co-Founder, re:Charge-e
Saratoga Springs, New York

Jeff Olson is an architect, entrepreneur, and author. He ran the White House Millennium Trails initiative, started the NYSDOT Bike / Pedestrian program, served on the UAlbany faculty, and was a principal with Alta Planning + Design. Jeff was part of the team that launched Citi Bike and the bike share movement with systems in DC, Boston, Chicago and other major cities. He is the current co-founder of re:Charge-e, developing wireless charging stations for electric micro mobility, and is the Author of The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society. He also rides his bikes a lot and is a PSIA ski instructor.


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