Salt Lake County has introduced the first county-wide Bicycle Ambassador program in the United States. Following in the footsteps of Chicago, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and many other cities around the country, Salt Lake County’s Bicycle Ambassadors will provide bicycle outreach and education to all 17 cities and unincorporated areas throughout Salt Lake County.
SLCo Bicycle Ambassadors are a group of outgoing and informed bicycle commuters in Salt Lake County. They travel by bicycle, promote bicycle use, serve as positive examples of responsible bicycling, and serve as community resources for bicycle commuting support and guidance.
To build a team of enthusiastic, outgoing, and informed bicycle commuters to educate residents, promote bicycle travel, improve bicycle travel conditions, and foster a culture of shared-use and mutual respect between bicycles and other roadway users in Salt Lake County.
Salt Lake County’s Bicycle Ambassadors provide many services to county residents in an effort to promote bicycle commuting and improve bicycle safety.
Salt Lake County residents of all ages are encouraged to apply to become Bicycle Ambassadors (applicants under the age of 18 will be directed to the Youth Bicycle Ambassador Program). A successful candidate will be passionate about bicycles and knowledgeable of bicycle commuting in Salt Lake County. The candidate will also possess effective communication skills and the ability to engage members of the public in a professional, polite, and enthusiastic manner. New Bicycle Ambassadors will receive program training from County staff and Traffic Skills 101 training from a League of American Bicyclists certified instructor.
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Salt Lake County Bicycle Ambassadors are unpaid volunteer positions. However, Bicycle Ambassadors will have access to a variety of incentives and benefits including:
David Jones is the current Salt Lake County Bicycle Ambassador Administrator. He assumed that role in August of 2014. Before coming to Salt Lake County, David was the Manager for Engineering Technical Services at Raytheon Sarcos.
David actively participates in all cycling community (recreational, sports, commuting), and believes that cycling plays an important role in the Active Transportation ecosystem. He has been a long-time advocate of cycling and cycle commuting.
His mission and that of the Bicycle Ambassadors is actively encouraging more citizen cyclists to ride. By educating our citizenry to ride in a safer fashion, he feels that more “interested, yet concerned” individuals will occupy our roads.
David believes if we lead by example, we can enable and encourage a new population of inspired cyclists who are less fearful of daily commuting. Finally, he feels that by re-igniting the fundamental joy of cycling, we all will choose two tires instead of four as our main mode of transportation.
Syhalla has ridden bikes since she was a child, but started actively commuting and living by bike in 2011. She enjoys volunteering with the SLC Bicycle Collective teaching people how to fix and maintain their bikes.
Tim loves cycling in many forms. He cycles year round, running errands on his commuter, riding tandem, touring, and riding the trails on his mountain bike. He has been riding all of his life and enjoys it more with each year. He prefers to travel by bike and continues to find creative ways to do so.
Credit and Collections Mgr.
Scott commutes year-round from Sugarhouse to Draper using the frontrunner. He has three commuter bikes, each designed for specific weather and road conditions.
Personal Performance Trainer
Josalyn has a passion for mountain biking and commuting. She enjoys getting out of cars to use active and public transportation. For the past two years she has been exclusively traveling Salt Lake Valley by public transit or bike.
Speech Language Pathologist
Kiera began cycling as a means of commuting as a high school student and has continued for 30 years. She is passionate about cycling and looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm and promoting cycling education within the road-use community.
Casey is an avid mountain and road bicyclist and Bonneville Cyclcing Club Member.
Elementary Teacher/Ski Instructor/Cycling Instructor
Elicia has been riding, educating, and celebrating by bicycle for many years. She led women's and children's programs at a community cycling center in Portland, OR and taught bike safety for the public schools for several years. She helped lead Portland to receive "Platinum" designation, serving as vice-chair of the Bicycle Advisory Committee, and worked as a planner and advocate. She has aslo bicycled accross Argentina, Chile, and Bolivia in a six month bicycle tour.
Christine started cycling at the time the "English 3-speed" was the cool and classy bike to own and ride. She now chooses bicycles built for comfort and not necessarily for speed or styling. She rides a CrossRip drop bar commuter bike to work and back and a Ruby carbon frame road bike on longer weekend rides and the average three century rides/year.
Jen has been cycling as long as she can remember. Her first "big ride" took place at age 14 where she rode 100 miles over two days. From that point on she was hooked. As a swimmer, Jen found that bicycling was great cross training and led her to begin entering small triathalons. Over the years she has lived all throughout the country, and has been very pleased with the bike friendly atmosphere in the Salt Lake area.
Business Development Coach
Risshan has been a bicycle commuter for over a decade and it has allowed him to experience the road in a rather intimate setting. From New York/New Jersey to San Diego, CA. and now Salt Lake City, UT, he has learned that although the scenery and weather vary greatly, as long as you respect the road all usually turns out alright.
Chad has been a long-time bicycle commuter in the Salt Lake area. He has a great deal of experience in bicycle advocacy, sitting on the boards of both Bike Utah and Salt Lake County's Bicycle Advisory Committee. Chad also enjoys recreational riding on a tandem.
Kristeen does most of her riding in Salt Lake County. She rides with the Bonneville Cyclist Club whenever possible. She rides with her husband for both recreation and as part of their daily commute.
Certified Public Accountant
Lyle has been commuting by bicycle for 30 years. He loves finding safest routes. He has experimented with bike touring and camping. He enjoys recreational rides with Bonneville Cycling Club and his family.
Senior Employment Specialist/Social Worker, SL County
Kelly began cycling as a child as her main mode of transportation. She has continued cycling throughout her life, and currently commutes to work whenever possible, and runs errands on her bike as often as she can.
Tim moved to Utah 10 years ago after graduating from Penn State. Tim enjoys riding bikes for transportation and recreation. He can be found participating in group rides on his cruiser, traveling the streets on his belt-driven single-speed, or up in the hills on his mountain bike.
Don has 43 years of bicycling experience. He is an avid commuter and cycling enthusiast. He Started commuting with his first job out of high school and has continued ever since. He is active with Bonneville Cycling Club and education of new cyclists. Ultra Distance events are his weekend passion.
High School Administrator/Educator
Mary has been cycling for 30 years. Her interest in bicycling began with exercise and socializing in mind. She now enjoys commuting to work and participating in edurance rides. She combines her interest in bicycling and her profession as an educator to promote bicycling and education new riders. She is president of Bonneville Cycling Club.
Alexandra is a New York native who moved to Salt Lake to take advantage of beautiful scenery, great trails, and a vibrant bicycling community. Bicycling keeps her active, brings her friendships, and is her favorite way to stay engaged with city life. She is constantly evolving as a bicyclist and hopes to inspire others to try new bicycling experiences and integrate bicycles into their everyday life.