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
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.
I read once that bicycles transform humans from one of the least efficient animals for moving into one of the most efficient. True or not, I love the sensation of climbing on a bike and then gliding down the streets. It is a privilege to ride through the open air, feeling the wind as it pushes me forward or slows me down.
Just as a bicycle transforms my own getting around, bicycles transform neighborhoods, cities, and urban culture. Having lived in Duluth for thirty years and working in environmental education and policy, I’ve been thrilled to see things like dedicated bike lanes and youth engagement improve riding for everyone. It’s an honor to be on the Duluth Bikes board and be part of that evolution. “
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).