Trails are for EVERYONE – Let’s let Everyone Know!

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Every Age, Ability, Gender, Ethnicity

Help spread the word about the importance of active, equitable mobility.  This post is about what people are doing to help get people outdoors and how you can help.  The Alliance is forming partnerships to let people know where they can meet and gain inspiration from people and groups - for example Tarra Gundrum, a woman on a mission to inspire others to bike, Jason Aufdenberg an activist for bikable roadways and cargo bikes, and “Black Girls Do Bike”, a group that is growing and supporting a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling.   If you know of other efforts to raise awareness for active mobility, please let us know.  

 

St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance

Are you interested in active, equitable mobility? Tarra Gundrum's and others are working to help more people, especially those who may not have opportunities to learn, discover the joy and benefits of cycling. You know the benefits - we talk about them all the time. The benefits of trails and bike-friendly infrastructure include

- Equitable, Active Mobility
- Health, Wellness & Fitness
- Safety
- Environmental Sustainability
- Low-impact, high-value Tourism
- Improved Economy
- and
- Community Building

Be like Tarra and our other partners. Tarra's working in her local region of Wisconsin but also gaining national exposure. You can do that too. We'll help you.

Trails and people-friendly places are for everyone. With the right gear and a safe environment everyone can get out, get where they need to go, and enjoy active, healthy recreation. Public places are what makes a place where we want to live and visit. Bikable places benefit everyone – not just the riders.  Every time someone replaces a car trip with a trip on foot or bicycle they are becoming a positive force for their community and the planet.    

We believe active, equitable mobility and safe, bikeable/walkable roadways, trails and public places hold the key to a healthy, active, self-reliant and sustainable future for individuals, communities and the planet. Anyone can reap the personal benefits of cycling and at the same time bring benefits to their community – as long as they have safe places to ride and the right knowledge and equipment.  

Having spent so much time cycling in Holland and throughout Europe, we have experienced firsthand the difference active mobility and enabling infrastructure and policies can make to society.  People-friendly infrastructure and active mobility are investments with multiple benefits and no downside.  In the context of the UN Commitment to Net Zero, Michael Bloomberg said “It’s possible to reduce air pollution, improve health, extend people’s lives, fight the climate crisis, and grow local economies. We don’t have to choose just one of those outcomes. They all really do go hand in hand.”   While we know increased adoption of bicycles and other micro-mobility devices can solve all humanity’s ills, they are part of the solution to many of them. 

We believe all cycling advocates should apply their knowledge and skills to make a difference and it’s everyone’s responsibility to use their knowledge and experience to raise awareness for this important cause.   

Cycle-Touring Europe – On Your Own and On a ShoeString

As you may know my husband and I have cycled a good portion of the best trails in the US and some up into Canada and have spent five summers cycle-touring  around Europe.   We’ve given seminars on

“Cycle-touring Europe – On Your Own and On a Shoestring”

River to Sea Nature and History Corridor

Read about the Alliance’s latest project to raise awareness and educate people about Volusia county’s history and guide them to points of interest easily reachable on bicycle or foot from regional trails. The project focuses on Bartram’s early naturalist explorations and on the “lost” history of African Americans.  People are interested now in transformational experiences where they can learn and improve their minds at the same time they enjoy the outdoors and protect and improve their physical wellbeing.  Read more about it here.

We believe that anyone can experience the benefits and joys of cycling adventures.  Sometimes people need inspiration and advice about the best gear and places to cycle, and we believe it’s a big part of the trail advocacy mission to provide inspiration and advice and to spread the word about others who share the mission. It’s especially important to involve and inspire people who would not normally take steps toward active mobility - older people, young people, families, minorities and people with physical challenges. These are people who may not get information and inspiration in their own circles and daily lives.

Here are some examples to showcase the way people who integrate trails into their lifestyle and how they are inspiring others.

Tarra GundrumMeet Tarra Gundrum

Tarra Gundrum is a former Marine who loves cycling on trails and is on a mission to inspire and mentor others, especially young people,  to get outdoors and enjoy cycling and exploring regional trails.  She is planning to start a cycle mentoring program for children in her home state of Wisconsin. 

She recently completed the Great Allegheny Passage/C and O Canal Route from Pittsburg to Washington DC and shared her journey with videos.  We tracked her journey on our cycling and trails advocacy Facebook page at

Facebook.com/FLGreenway

And you can also see some of her videos at her website

Tarragundrum.com  or search facebook for “tgun’s adventures” or subscribe to her YouTube channel.

You Can read more about Tarra here  with links to some of her cycle touring videos.   

Jason AufdenbergJason Aufdenberg explains his cargo bike

Jason Aufdenberg, PhD, serves on the Board of Directors for the Loop Alliance, is a longtime supporter and has been active both locally and nationally in bicycle advocacy. Trained as an astrophysicist, Jason has been a professor of physics and astronomy at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU) in Daytona Beach since 2006. He has been bicycling for transportation for over 20 years and has served on the River-to-Sea Transportation Planning Organization's Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), representing Volusia-at-Large, since 2012. On the BPAC he has served annually on the Project Review subcommittee ranking feasibility study. Jason also served on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Subcommittee in 2017 and chaired the Bicycle Suitability Map Subcommittee from 2018 to 2019, a first attempt to grade roads in Volusia County on the basis of traffic stress and suitability for bicycle travel.   Jason lives car-free and owns five bicycles.  For grocery shopping and commuting he has used an Xtracycle long-tail cargo bike since 2007.  In this photo Jason shows off his cargo bike at a screening he arranged of MotherLoad.  Jason believes cargo bikes are the wave of the future and is a co-producer of the MotherLoad documentary on the growing use of cargo bikes.  

Click here to discover a lot more about how Jason is showing the world how to become car-free.  
 

Black Girls Do Bike

https://www.blackgirlsdobike.com/

This is a national group with vibrant regional chapters that have the mission to grow and support a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling. They champion efforts to introduce the joy of cycling to all women, but especially women and girls of color. They are establishing a place where female cyclists can support, advise, organize meet-ups and rides and promote skill sharing.

The Central Florida chapter is very active and friendly. You can connect with them at

https://www.facebook.com/.../BlackGirlsDoBikeCentralFlorida

They conduct periodic Zoom meetups organized by Latarsha Beacham to encourage each other and hear how local rides have been going. Here’s a post by Wanida Proctor Vilar that highlights three of the groups we have a shared mission to inspire – women, older people and minorities! Good work, Wanida and thanks for permission to use your post.

'Went for a short ride before work and look who I met? Dr. Evans, who is 86 years old and he bikes(recumbent style) 13 miles everyday. What an inspiration!'