Jason Aufdenberg, PhD, serves on the board of Directors for the St Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance. He lives totally car-free with a bicycle for every need and advocates cargo bikes as the wave of the future. 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 and project implementation applications to improve sidewalk and trail networks. 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 is interested in safer streets for all people, especially those who bike, walk and roll. Traffic-stress maps can help cities create comfortable bicycle networks and direct resources to link low traffic-stress neighborhoods. Along these lines he has developed a bicycle transportation map for the Daytona Beach area which includes the locations of shared-use paths, bike lanes, paved shoulders and low-stress routes that parallel busier streets. The map is free and available as a mobile app for Android and iPhones. The mobile mapworks off-line, using only your phone's GPS signal to show the user’s location on the map.
Jason has collaborated with FDOT’s Rethink Your Commute program since2014 bringing Cycling Savvy courses to the ERAU campus in 2014 and2015. Cycling Savvy bicycle education helps to build rider confidence and safety where the bicycle infrastructure does not exist. with Rethink, he has also helped to organize three “Not-so-Noisy” Bike Week events and rides; first at ERAU in 2017, then in collaboration with Daytona State College and Bethune Cookman University in 2018 and 2019.Jason received a leadership award from Rethink in 2018. In November2019 he helped bring a free showing of the cargo bike documentary Motherload to the Cinematique theatre in Daytona Beach, part of FDOT's Mobility Week. Jason thinks cargo bikes are the wave of the future and is a co-producer of film.
Jason has been active both locally and nationally in bicycle advocacy. He was a member of the Florida delegation to the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit in 2015 where he lobbied congress to improved funding for vulnerable road users. He attended the virtual National Bike Summit in March 2020. He was a ride planner and leader for a Daytona Beach bicycle tour for the Federal Highway Administration "Designing for Bicyclist Safety Workshop" in June 2016.Jason has given several presentations, "Bike There" and "Fix-a-Flat", in 2015 and 2016 at the Volusia County City Island Library and has done seasonal bike light distribution at Clyde Morris and Aerospace Blvd in Daytona Beach since 2016 to provide bike lights to anyone riding by light-less at night. In early September 2020, he wrote an inspection report for the East Coast Greenway Alliance on the newly finished southern-most section of the Sweetheart Trail in Daytona Beach, part of the St Johns River to Sea Loop. He is working to identify low-stress corridors which can be established to allow people to safely access the trail without the use of a car.
Jason lives car-free and owns five bicycles. For grocery shopping and commuting he has used an Xtracycle long-tail cargo bike since 2007.Since 2014, a second Xtracycle Edgerunner can haul the first Xtracycleto the bike shop (or vice versa) for repair. In 2018 Jason traded in his first Bike Friday folding bicycle for a Bike Friday Haul-a-Day cargo bike which is lighter than the Xtracycles and adjustable for different users. He also has a Brompton folder which has been great for extending trips with public transit. Bike number 5 is a red 9-speed city bike which has gotten a lot use for local recreational riding during the pandemic.