When I was approached about being part of the launch of the new Charleston Scene (formerly Preview of the Post & Courier) I was honored. Now that it is out, I am even more so because they have profiled an incredible group of people in Charleston, all movers and shakers, people with ideas, people who are committed to getting it done – whatever their passion may be. So check it out – here’s my excerpt – and be sure to read about all the other great people in town.
“Kristin Walker is a woman inspired.
The bike and pedestrian enthusiast has taken time to find her passions, earning an MBA, working in Europe and New York and serving as a back-road tour guide in Italy — all before choosing her dream job in Charleston’s real estate market.
As a guide, Walker was influenced by the positive effects of biking and walking.
“I wanted to … move the city in a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly direction. It makes people happy, confident and connected to their environments,” she said.
Never one to abandon a dream, Walker began incorporating the idea into her real estate business with home bike tours.
Next, Charleston ladies were targeted with Cycle Chic, a critical mass ride for women.
“I wanted women to get that it’s OK to ride your bike to a restaurant in your high heels and a dress,” she said.
Her increased activism has led to Walker’s recent selection to the board of Charleston Moves.
While some might call this a full plate, Walker is far from finished. During Bike Month in May, she is planning an event closing King Street to cars, and the launch of bikecharleston.org.
“Out of all this stuff, what defines me are livable community initiatives. It means experiencing your community in a way people haven’t been doing and connecting.”