When and why did you decide to become a Bike Austin member?
I became a Bike Austin member right when I moved to Austin for grad school! I had been a member of a bike coalition where I used to live and I think it’s absolutely essential work that must be supported by the community. I don’t have a lot of spare cash as a student, but I do commute by bike every day to school, and I want that experience to be better and more possible for everyone who does it.
You’re a student member. Tell us what you’re studying and why/if you think the $20 is a cool deal for students.
Well, I’m studying Community and Regional Planning and Sustainable Design at UT – so being a member is a natural fit because I care about cities and healthy, active transportation. And – $20 is almost too good of a deal for students, especially since there are so many benefits – like free beer at the Member Love Happy Hours!
What benefits or positive outcomes have you enjoyed as a Bike Austin member?
I haven’t used my discounts at local bike shops yet – but I plan on it when the time comes!
Why is Bike Austin important to the Austin cycling community?
Bike Austin is the cyclist’s advocate in Austin. We as cyclists are stronger when united, even if we each have our own reason for riding. I’m really glad to be supporting an organization that supports me, other cyclists, and future cyclists here in the capital.
Why/how are donations important to Bike Austin’s Advocacy Fund and education programs?
Because Bike Austin is a non-profit, donations are at the core of how things get done. I’ve worked for other non-profits and seen that first hand. I think it’s great that my money is going directly towards both advocating for safer cycling infrastructure and educating folks on the practical tips of riding for fun and for transportation.
Anything personalized or fun about your experience as a cyclist and why Bike Austin has made this more possible, empowering, safe, groovy, etc.
I love riding the Southern Walnut Creek Trail. I’m so glad to see Bike Austin’s advocacy has enabled things like that to happen! I think there should be more trails like it, all over the city.