Once again, we are delighted to announce our next cohort of Community Ambassadors for 2021! Covid-19 changed the dynamic of the program in 2020, but this allowed us to expand our creativity in the way our Ambassadors reach their communities. Ambassadors will engage with their communities by organizing bike rides in different Pittsburgh neighborhoods, by reaching out to community members digitally, and by helping everyone interested in biking to overcome challenges that they might face. They will post their rides on social media so everyone can join in on the fun, on their own schedules, for some asynchronous exploring!
Safety while bicycling is even more important this year. In partnership with Bike Pittsburgh and the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI), the MoveForwardPGH campaign has introduced many new projects around the city to help make our streets safer for everyone. These include installing approximately 50 additional miles of infrastructure and installing the final version of the traffic circles with concrete curbs. Our Ambassadors will once again be sharing updates with local communities, gathering feedback, promoting public meetings, sharing surveys, and providing other direct community outreach.
And now, without further ado, introducing our 2021 Community Ambassador cohort! We have 3 individuals, 2 organizations, & one Lead Ambassador. Our team will work hard to make Pittsburgh biking a safer, more inclusive, and more community focused transportation and recreation option!
Trey is a former 2019 Community Ambassador and 2020 Lead Ambassador. Trey is the Director of Operations at the Thelma Lovette YMCA in the Hill District, and also works as a personal trainer. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Trey currently lives in the Homewood neighborhood.
C.C. is a familiar face from our 2020 Community Ambassador team. She is the Senior Ticketing Operations and Patron Services Manager at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Downtown and has been using Healthy Ride over the years to get out for a spin after work or just socialize with friends while getting some exercise.
Angela is an undergraduate at the University of Pittsburgh studying ecology & evolution, and linguistics. They started using the Healthy Ride system during the COVID-19 pandemic as an alternative means of public transit, and use the system for groceries, work, errands, and recreation.
Cheryl is the Communications & Membership Coordinator of the Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club. She’s lived in Pittsburgh all her life—and even went to the same elementary school as the legendary Andy Warhol. She hopes she can change mindsets about riding in the city by showing folks how to use the Healthy Ride system.
BOOM Concepts, located in the Garfield neighborhood, is dedicated to the development of artist and creative entrepreneurs representing marginalized voices. Many of the individuals on their team are already regular riders, and some have already been using the Healthy Ride program themselves, or to introduce new artists to biking in Pittsburgh as a means of getting around town. This is BOOM’s second year as a Community Ambassador.
Based in Homewood, the Ruach Bicycle Club educates youth by focusing on science, technology, engineering, art, math, and bikes. Club members will learn bike science, health, mechanics and how to break down and rebuild bikes. This builds confidence and help nurtures problem solving skills along with making science and math relevant today’s youth.
The Community Ambassador program has been supported since its founding by the Better Bike Share Partnership, with a mission to build equitable and replicable bike share systems across North America. Healthy Ride is also partnering with the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure to work with communities and gain feedback from residents throughout Pittsburgh on upcoming projects that implement the vision of the Bike(+) Plan.