Active transportation really entered my life in 2008 when I decided to bike across America. I have since cycled across the country twice and continue to ride for fun and to get around town. Bicycling has helped shaped my life and introduced me to a new way to view transportation, health and the type of community I want to live in. Being able to help progress my community's infrastructure and share the joys about walking and biking with children and adults is what fuels me. I enjoy educating and problem solving on how to make transportation and safety more integrated with our daily lives.
For me, riding a bike started as a fun way to meet with friends. It was simple, and joyful. As time went by I thought why not ride to work, to the grocery store, and on group rides. Riding my bike became a lifestyle and a passion. I got a job in a local bike shop, became an avid bike commuter and began participating in the cycling community. All of these small steps lead me to Safe Routes to School, to this amazing program that not only lets me share my love of riding a bike, but allows me to advocate for infrastructure, connect with kids and encourage them to move through their community safely. I love that riding a bike led me to being a participant in my city. I also use the bus regularly and enjoy walking. Combined, all of these modes of transportation have changed my world perspective and opened my eyes to so many things. I am honored to work for Safe Routes to School.