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Community of Cyclists Profile: Amber Townsley

 

 

WIFE.  DOG LOVER.  FITNESS ENTHUSIAST.

Amber Townsley
“Riding a bike is a therapeutic experience for me. My time on the bike is both relaxing and motivating. Some of my best ideas have come from a bike ride!”
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1. What is your occupation?
I manage the Continuing Competence Approval Program at the Texas Physical Therapy Association 
2. Use 3 words to describe who you are?
Wife, Dog Lover, Fitness Enthusiast
3. How long have you been riding a bike?
6 years
4. Do you ride for recreation, transportation, or both?
Recreation mostly, but constantly looking for way to ride for transportation
5. What do you enjoy most about cycling?
Riding a bike is a therapeutic experience for me. My time on the bike is both relaxing and motivating. Some of my best ideas have come from a bike ride!
6. What would you love to see for bicyclists in Hutto?
I would love to see more bike friendly roads and trails connecting Hutto to the surrounding cities such as Round Rock, Georgetown, Pflugerville, and even Austin! If there was a safe route that would take me from Hutto to Austin by Bike I would use it everyday. 
7. Anything more to add? 
I love the way cycling brings people together. It is such a fun sport for all ages and fitness levels and the health benefits are endless. I have never come across anyone in a bad mood after a bike ride and that’s part of why I love to share my excitement for cycling with everyone I can. 
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Find more Community of Cyclists Campaign profiles HERE!
The Community of Cyclists Campaign is an effort by Bike Hutto to show the wide variety of people in Hutto that bike.  The campaign will promote the fact that there is no one “type” of person who rides a bicycle.  They are our friends, our neighbors, our students, and our colleagues.  It is always best to put a face to the name, whether you’re talking about bike safety, future bike infrastructure, or social events.  Hutto is about community.

Bike Hutto Gears Up Local Group Ride Program After Positive Community Response

 

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What started with a community survey and one Bike Hutto member stepping up earlier this summer has become a full-fledged Group Ride program here in Hutto, Texas – one that attracts both Hutto residents, as well as bicyclists from surrounding communities.

On June 20th, 2015, Bike Hutto had its first Hutto Group Ride which was led by Ride Leader James Jumonville.  Jumonville had approached Bike Hutto with an interest in leading a group ride in Hutto the beginning of June.  Coincidentally, the local bicycling advocacy organization was in the process of conducting a community survey to get a pulse on what types of future biking activities would be of interest. Group Rides had already surfaced as being a number one need for Hutto.

“The timing couldn’t have been more perfect!” says Bike Hutto founder, Jessica Romigh. “James is a very accomplished rider and really knows the country roads around here. We were so happy when he volunteered to start leading rides!”

After that initial ride in June, the program slowly gained momentum with a couple more rides being added each month over the summer. More and more community members started attending rides. And it wasn’t just Hutto residents joining in the fun. Bicyclists started to come from surrounding towns to enjoy Hutto’s trails and easy access to scenic country roads through the group ride program.

In September, Bike Hutto expands the program to include 5 Group Ride Leaders: James Jumonville, Camille Baptiste, Amber Townsley, Kimberleigh Kimball, and Gina Auditore. Rides vary in length and intent giving the opportunity for a wide variety of bicyclists to get involved. The goal is to reach as many different types of cyclists as possible –ranging from beginners to experienced.  Scheduled rides in September include Gearing Down For Yoga (a group ride centered around a stop at the launch party of The Hutto Yoga Room to participate in a yoga class) and Bike & Brunch (a 40 mile ride that ends with the riders having brunch at Baked N Sconed, a favorite local spot in Hutto.)

Hutto Group Rides are open to all individuals wishing to ride. There is no requirement to have a Bike Hutto membership or any fees involved.  All rides are no drop (no one gets left behind).  For more information on upcoming rides, please visit: https://bikehutto.org/programs/hutto-group-rides/