While at ASU, Suzanne began an internship with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Her passion for helping others and organizing biking events was born.
Newly divorced and eager to meet people, Suzanne set out to network and collaborate on Bike to Work –Day, -Week and –Month projects. Nearly three decades later, she can confidently say that she made the right decision and has contributed to countless biking events, joined many groups – government and nongovernmental – and enjoys promoting the benefits of biking to clients, friends and family. “I work hard to help people get over their fears and get back to the joy of biking,” Suzanne explains.
Suzanne not only “talks the talk”, but “bikes the talk” using Grid bike share to get around downtown and occasionally biking the 17.4 miles from home to work. “Bicycling is one of my favorite transportation modes because it feels good,” she explains. “I also love riding the bus because I can read, be productive before arriving to work or be unproductive and just relax and enjoy the ride.”
Suzanne also aims to make Valley Metro’s ShareTheRide.com website the best it can be. Currently, it allows registrants to find commute matches, track trips, earn points to enter contests and more. “I’d like to maximize the benefits and successfully refresh it when necessary,” she added. “I also want to partner more with cities and community groups to increase the percentage of trips taken by bike and encourage cyclists and motorists to share the road.”
Suzanne is a lifelong Phoenix resident and is married with four daughters. Biking and hiking are naturally her favorite hobbies. Suzanne shares, “Someday, I’d like to be remembered for my advocacy for safe biking and walking much like Francis Chubinski, a local volunteer who held “bike safety rodeos”, or demonstrations, for all ages to instill safety and skills to ride. We’d say Suzanne is well on her way to achieving that goal!