My Transit Passion: Bicycling/Community Outreach
Home City: Denver
Work City: Denver
Action Plan: Creating a “Bicycle Train” for Steele Elementary in Wash Park
What it’s about: Bikes are a fast, convenient, and inexpensive way for kids to get to and from school. However, there are still many barriers in place for why kids and parents choose to still drive their one or two kids less than a mile. Therefore, I want to create and enhance the bicycle culture in my neighborhood. Additionally, I want to create “safe routes” using street data while working with the community to use these “safe routes” and shift modal usage away from cars to bicycles for the daily short trips kids take to school.
What it’s really about: Creating a fun, safe, and sustainable way for kids to get to and from school
Why I applied for the Academy: First and foremost, I applied to the academy because of an amazing recommendation from a past graduate. Moreover, I wanted to dig further into the transportation issues in Denver at a more local level and engage with subject matter expert speakers as well as classmates.
Big Takeaway from the Academy: One big A-HA moment was that no one has figured out a perfect transit system for Denver yet. Our city has done a phenomenal job of designing a system that will truly benefit its citizens however, as we continue to grow we will need to think up even more new systems and redesign again how our innate pedestrian selves get from point A to point B. That being said, my entire class was exceedingly intelligent and passionate such that I know Denver’s transit future is in good hands.