Sam Ollinger is a leader in a group that seems to be growing in influence around San Diego — the bike lobby.

She’s managed to accumulate her clout the new-fashioned way. She hadn’t donated a dime, but she pestered the mayoral candidates on Twitter to come up with plans for making San Diego more bike-friendly, and sure enough, candidate Nathan Fletcher grabbed some attention when he did just that.

Ollinger has a great story about how she got involved in San Diego civic life and, frankly, just how she ended up here to begin with.

She was my guest host on the latest VOSD Radio. We talked about how to get power without money, and assessed the state of biking today in the city, and she even dropped some news about candidate Bob Filner’s failure to follow through on his own bike plan.

Plus, we handed out our Hero (Jan Goldsmith) and Goat (Filner) of the Week. Listen here.

For more from Ollinger, check out our Q&A with her last year, follow her on Twitter (@BikeSD) and go to her website

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