The Duluth Bike Coalition works to make Duluth a place where bicycling is easy, safe, and fun for everyone.
The Duluth Bike Coalition will be a catalyst, advocate and partner to help make the required improvements in the Building Blocks of a Bicycle Friendly Community (BBFC) as part of an equitable and inclusive transportation system and to help Duluth achieve League of America Cyclists Silver Status in five years and Gold in ten.
Our Board of Directors
Growing up in Duluth’s surrounding area, 20 miles West of Duluth, having a car seemed like a must. Riding a bike was a recreational, yet exhilarating, activity. Living and working in Duluth has provided me an opportunity to start my dream of biking as my primary means of transportation. I chose to go car-free in 2016. Since then I’ve commuted to work getting there primarily by biking, running, or busing. There is much to learn and improve on our daily commutes, our Duluth infrastructure, and changing the culture to support all means of transportation in our communities. I am pleased to be a part of the Duluth Bikes Coalition and plan to align my passions for biking to make Duluth (and surrounding areas) accessible, safe, bike-friendly and family-oriented.
I moved to Duluth two years ago to work at the University of Minnesota Duluth as an assistant professor of journalism. In my short time here, I’ve been inspired by those around me who embrace the outdoors, and especially those who bike year-round. I joined the board in 2017 and hope to help encourage biking as an option for recreation and communing to work. Like a lot of people, I was an avid biker and child and started biking again in early adulthood. I’d like to help others get back on their bikes too. I believe there is a lot of positive momentum in our community to make Duluth a more bike-friendly city. I think Duluth Bikes can play a big part in helping residents of all abilities feel like they can safely bike around town.
Vice PresidentI grew up in the Netherlands riding my bike everywhere. Bicycling is a big part of my national culture. I didn’t need or have a driver’s license until I moved to the U.S. as a college student. One of my first work projects when I moved to Duluth as a community planner was, very appropriately, developing a bike plan for North-East Minnesota. It is exciting to see that biking as a mode of transportation is becoming increasingly popular in Duluth. Promoting a safe and inviting bicycling infrastructure has become increasingly important to me. As a parent I like to see my kids having the freedom to get around town on their own and enjoy their independence. Having safe streets with good bicycle accommodations is for this reason very important to me. As a board member I aim to make a positive contribution advocating for better bike infrastructure in Duluth and help build a fun and inviting bike culture for everyone regardless of age or ability.
A long-time bike commuter and recreational biker, biking is a part of who I am. I have lived in Duluth off and on since 1990 so I fully understand the challenges and joys of bike commuting here. I live with my husband on the West Hillside, a site chosen by our desire for a great view and access to the heart of the city (most often via bikes!). Recently, I have been living in Sweden which allowed me to experience an entirely different level of biking—biking as fully integrated into the fabric of community life, from recreation to daily transportation. My experience in Europe reminds me that we have a long way to go to achieve our goals of safe and accessible biking for all here in Duluth…but that the rewards of such goals are great. Along with safety and accessibility, I am interested in the joy of biking and the potential for connection to nature. My entire professional career as an educator and researcher has been focused upon some aspect of connecting people to nature and I bring that effort with me into my interest in safe and accessible biking. Our daily biking should be a chance to enjoy the outdoors! And in Duluth, for many this means a chance to experience breathtaking views and lovely parks. We must strive to bring together our biking for daily needs and the experience of nature.
Michael joined the board in 2016. An avid urban and inter-urban bike commuter in Duluth since 2007, he’s happy to have the chance to make it easier for more people to get around on two wheels. Since moving to 9th St in the Hillside in 2010, he’s learned to make friends with the incline.
In addition to getting from A to B, he enjoys racing on gravel and riding slowly on singletrack.
Michael has a BA in Anthropology and History and work experience in archaeology, providing hospitality for people experiencing homelessness (Loaves and Fishes), baking (Positively 3rd St), farming (rural (Round River Farm) and urban (Community Action Duluth’s Seeds of Success)), customer research, and marketing analytics (maurices).
Eric joined the Duluth Bikes board in November 2018.