Primal Bike Expo: Commuting!

As part of the Primal Colorado Bike Expo, the 303 Women’s Event Series offers this special feature on Commuting – everything you need to know, from gear to clothing to navigating traffic and weather… including stories of the toughest days out there.

Come hear our panel of expert commuting women talk about how to incorporate cycling into your everyday transportation – even with kids. And don’t miss your chance to win gear from Feedback Sports and a $200 custom Timbuk2 commuter bag!

emily b-cycleEmily Snyder – Urban Mobility Manager, City and County of Denver

Emily Snyder is the Urban Mobility Manager with Denver Public Works—Transportation and supervises the bicycle, pedestrian, and transit options programs. This includes managing planning studies and project development, as well leading city/region-wide multimodal planning initiatives.

During her 7 years with the City and County of Denver, she has championed the development of Denver Moves Bicycles, the city’s $119 million bicycle network plan, managed state and federal grant funding for the expansion of Denver B-cycle, and contributed to the Complete Streets Policy. Emily has overseen installation of over 100 miles of bike lanes and protected bike lanes, helped pilot innovative bicycle markings, started bike parking program, and been involved in numerous capital projects to expand the bicycle and pedestrian system. She is currently working on developing effective pedestrian and transit programs for the city. In 2013, Emily was named 2013 Professional of the Year for the Public Sector by Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.

Emily lives in Central Denver with her awesome husband and bikes or walks to work almost every day.

laurenLauren Greenfield – City of Longmont Safety Coordinator, 303 Ambassador

Once Lauren was able to balance on two wheels at age five, her parents found it extremely difficult to get her off the bike. Ever. She has been an avid bicycle commuter since age 11 when she was able to ride to school alone. In her many years of riding, Lauren has raced, toured in several countries (self contained), and teaches bicycle education to beginners and kids, wanting to share her passion with all. She loves a challenge and will always smile on the snowiest of days (when on the bike) and appears to have a different bike for every weather change and day of the week, though some things she will never reveal . . . .

maggieMaggie Thompson – Council Aide, City and County of Denver

A native of Florida, Maggie has learned to embrace the Colorado theory that there is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes.

While she loves bike touring and mountain biking, commuting is her bread and butter and she loves to do her best Copenhagen impression and ride in her work clothes.

Years of collecting a wardrobe of bike-comfortable and work-appropriate clothes have taught her a few things she would love to share with as many women as she can.

Maggie loves riding bikes, petting dogs, and drinking coffee. Not always in that order.


commuting to work on ice/studded tires with donuts strapped to my back

commuting to work on ice/studded tires with donuts strapped to my back

Katie Macarelli – Marketing Coordinator, Feedback Sports

Originally from Burlington, CO, Katie now lives and works in Golden. She was previously with and Bicycle Colorado. She’s also a mom…so that has to count for YEARS of experience in some advanced capacity.
Favorite ride: Inside and outside the Stock Show arena at Cowboy Cx / Denver, CO.
Favorite bike: I am an equal-opportunity of bikes. But currently my mtb bike is winning.
Little known fact: “I detest man-buns and top-knots. Give this ONE thing to women, guys. C’mon.”

The Commuting Panel will be featured at the Primal Colorado Bike Expo on Saturday, May 14, 11:00 a.m. in the Community Tent.

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