In honor of our current Member Drive, we’re highlighting some of the amazing community members that we’re proud to count as Bicycle Coalition members. We hope you’ll see yourself in their stories, and learn some great local biking tips from them!
Today we’re excited to shout-out Matt Ludwig, who first joined as a member in 2016.
Name: Matt Ludwig
Where do you bike?
I commute daily from my home in the Olde Richmond neighborhood of Philly to Center City and all around town for meetings and errands. On weekends, I like to get out and enjoy our (growing!) network of Circuit Trails.
What’s your favorite thing about biking in our region?
Our region might have the best mix of active transportation mobility options in the country. Mixing cycling with transit is so easy, especially since our trail network closely follows major transit lines. I always try to use cycling as a last-mile solution to going to a meeting in the suburbs, or by doing a one-way recreational ride to a far-out place.
What’s your favorite local route?
The Pennypack Trail is the most underrated, hidden gem in the entire Circuit Trail system. It is hilly, curvy, and typically pretty quiet. And we are a few short years away from a connection to the Pennypack via the Riverfront North Greenway, and you will eventually be able to ride all the way up into Bucks County.
Name your favorite bike accessory.
My wife got me bikepacking bags for Christmas, so we are planning our first self-supported overnight trip up to Pine Creek in northern Pennsylvania.
What’s your favorite on-bike or post-bike snack?
Ice cream at Valley Green Inn or post-bike beverage at Conshohocken Brewing Company.
Why did you join the Bicycle Coalition?
Before moving to Philly, I lived in Dallas and then the Raleigh-Durham area, and neither place had a bicycle advocacy organization with paid, full time staff. It is clear that having an organization as robust and engaged as the Bicycle Coalition is important to continuing the buildout of the city’s High Quality Bike Network and the regional Circuit Trails network, and going to Harrisburg to advocate for people who bike and walk. I think that a yearly membership to the Bicycle Coalition is a small price to pay to help support all of the good work that is going on behind the scenes!
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After graduating from Swarthmore College, Ashley moved to Philadelphia to work in nonprofit development and communications as a Philly Fellow. She was introduced to the Bicycle Coalition’s work in her first week of the fellowship through an Urban Riding Basics class. She did not take up bicycling in the city until getting involved with the Women Bike PHL community, which catalyzed her to shed her fear of riding in traffic and get on a bike. Ashley’s bike has served as a powerful tool, and she is excited to share the healing and empowering nature of bicycling with others. You can find Ashley riding her blue Breezer to the Headhouse farmer’s market, or her Fuji Sportif when she’s road racing as an alum of the Women Bike PHL Racing Development program.