Mike Spadafore remembers his favorite bicycle. It was Christmas Day 1980 and the weather was warmer than usual in Chicago that time of year.
“I received a red and black BMX bike from my parents and I was unable to contain my excitement. I wanted to take it outside immediately,” Spadafore said. “There wasn’t any snow on the ground and I was able to ride it out the door and around our block on Christmas—while still wearing my pajamas. It was a great feeling.”
Spadafore, who started with KDOT in October of last year, was recently named the Statewide Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator. As part the Comprehensive Transportation Planning Unit, he will maintain his role as one of the state’s MPO liaisons who work closely with the six metropolitan planning organizations throughout Kansas.
Spadafore earned his Master of Urban Planning and Policy with concentrations in both community development and physical design from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds bachelor's degrees in Architectural Studies from Judson University and History through the Arts from Carthage College, as well as LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) accreditation from the United States Green Building Council.
He looks forward to hearing from the bicycle community in Kansas and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.