Who are you and where are you from?
I'm a landscape architect/ecologist/adventurer from Milwaukee, WI.
Why do you love bicycling?
I love bicycling because I love being outside and I like the feeling of speed. I also like the social and functional aspects of it.
Why did you join the Bike Baton Rouge board?
I feel like I can be helpful to the organization and I support the mission of Bike Baton Rouge. A perfect combination!
What do you see YOUR role as with Bike Baton Rouge? What do you do and what are you good at?
Currently I think I help build relationships within the group by reaching out to and engaging with members at the rides and other social events. I think I could help more in a wide range of capacities including organizing events, researching policy and making hand-outs, finding and applying to grants, and attending local policy meetings. I'm good at organizing, research, graphics, and writing.
What would you consider the greatest challenge to bicycling in Baton Rouge?
I consider the lack of connectivity between places to be the greatest challenge to bicycling in Baton Rouge. There are often few side-roads available to get to different areas outside of a core area in Baton Rouge. The main road options are inhospitable for bicyclists.
What are you and Bike Baton Rouge doing to tackle that challenge?
To tackle those challenges, Bike Baton Rouge attends public meetings to voice support for transportation plans that include bike lanes, bike paths, and sidewalks. Also, Bike Baton Rouge has been working with BREC to connect neighborhoods with bike paths through city park land.
What will bicycling in Baton Rouge look like in 1/5/20 years time?
With more bike paths and complete streets, and more bike-focused social events, I think we will see more people on bikes in Baton Rouge.
What is does your 'ideal' day of bike riding in Baton Rouge look like?
I wake up early on a sunny, crisp morning, meet up with my pals, and bike to a camp site where we grill out, throw a frisbee, and tell funny stories. Also, there are potato chips.