There are still a few days left to fill out your Active Transportation Ambassador application and turn it in before the April 19 deadline. We asked long time Ambassador Bunny Marechal to pen a few words on why she likes being an Ambassador. Here is her story:
What I Did On My Summer Vacation…and Why
I moved to Portland from a place without a bike culture as I now know it. Soon I had heard about mayors on bikes and so many Friday bike commuters that the bike lanes on Broadway couldn't barely contain them. I looked at my bike hanging in the garage and asked myself why my 2-wheeler was up-ended like that.
Fate shoved a Ten Toes Express brochure under my nose and from there it was not much of leap to Women On Bikes. I was one of those women, a woman on a bike: not ferociously confident on the streets, not completely motivated to get out there on my own, not a hardcore biker equipped with the latest panniers. So I showed up and I rode. And rode again. I was asked to be an ambassador and seemed like a good fit. I was there anyway and was already a true believer—a believer in Build It and They Will Come. Build the bike lanes, and they will get filled. Build an encouraging system for the reluctant to participate and the wheels will arrive. I became an ambassador because I was there; I continue to be there because I want to help other women gain the street confidence I now have and to be part of the group who get to say, “my bike and I went….”
The Active Transportation Ambassador application can be found here. Selected applicants will receive a 2-hour training on Tuesday, April 30, from 6:00-8:00pm. Applications are due this Friday, April 19. Complete your application and send it to:
1120 SW 5th Avenue, Suite 800
Fax to 503-823-7576
Questions? Call Janis at 503-823-5358.