July 10, 2019

Meet the Ambassadors: Coley

About Coley
Coley enjoys biking to food and wearing food-themed clothing. This is their first year as a Community Ambassador.

How long have you lived in Pittsburgh?

22 years

If this is your hometown, what’s your fondest memory about growing up in Pittsburgh? Did you bike as a child, and do you have any biking memories?

My pop pop was the fire chief of Wilkinsburg when I was small, so I was always “borrowing” his chief hat and pretending to save people. Pop Pop taught me to ride a “two-wheeler” when the neighborhood kids made fun of me for using training wheels. He learned to ride a bike back in the 1950s by repeatedly going down Penn Ave where it meets Butler Ave and crashing. I biked on my cul-de-sac street as a kid, but the first time I was allowed to bike in the rest of my neighborhood, I got into a nasty crash and ended up in the ER with a concussion and a broken arm. As soon as I was in a shorter cast, I was back on my bike.

How long have you used the bike share program, and how do you use the bikes? (i.e. you bike to work, school, church)

I’ve used healthy ride since 2017. I use the bikes to get to neighborhoods I don’t like to drive/park my car in. I can get around much faster where Healthy Ride stations are.

What year did you start biking?

1993 on a tricycle.

What are your favorite places to bike in Pittsburgh, and why?

Over and under bridges, especially alongside the Allegheny and the Point.

Complete the following sentence. I love Healthy Ride’s bike share program, because…

It connects me to the neighborhoods I love.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I’m looking forward to a partnership with Healthy Ride and the city of Wilkinsburg *wink wink*

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In addition to featuring our Ambassadors, Healthy Ride is creating a series of rider profiles to feature some of our riders and showcase how they use the system. If you would like to be featured, please fill out our survey.

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