Friday, July 31, 2015

Katie Monroe

Katie Monroe

Katie Monroe, Bike Share Outreach Manager at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, has a passion for bikes, bicyclists and bike culture.

She feels bicycles are good for Philadelphia because "we need physical activity incorporated into our daily lives, we need to work towards a greener city, we need to stop paying the PPA half our paychecks, and most importantly we need to be out there appreciating this beautiful city."

Appropriately, her new column will be called "Sharing the Road: A Two-Wheeled Perspective on Philadelphia."

She answered a few questions for us...

Most people describe you as…


People would be surprised to know that …

I also have a car. For now, I am living a car-light lifestyle, not a car-free one.

What is your drink of choice?

Red wine.

Where is your happy place?

In the bike lane on the South Street bridge, looking out at the Philly skyline at night.

What is your biggest regret?

Not appreciating the Shenandoah Valley enough when I was growing up there.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

It would be really useful to be a morning person.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Maintaining my closest friendships for decades.

Which trait do you most value in another person?

The ability to listen.

If you could interview anyone, past or present, who would it be?

Belva Lockwood.

Favorite movie?

The original Muppet Movie.

What TV show is currently your DVR/On Demand obsession?

I don't really watch TV.

What is your guilty pleasure?

Cheddar & Sour Cream Ruffles.

The worst thing anyone said or did to you is…

We have a street harassment problem in this city. You don't want me to repeat some of the stuff I've heard.

I believe in…

Active transportation as a key part of the solution to our health problems, environmental problems, and happiness problems.

If you could travel back in time, where would you go?

Not very far. I'd rather be a woman nowadays than most other times!

What is your motto or inspiration?

"Four wheels move the body -- two wheels move the soul."

By Katie Monroe
One year ago, I wrote this piece about Women Bike PHL, the program I founded at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia in the spring of 2013.
If you haven’t heard of bike share, it’s essentially a cross between riding a bike and using public transportation: a public transit system using bicycles!
This time of year, I always notice a particular synergy between my biketastic lifestyle and the FringeArts festival, Philly's annual two-week explosion of wacky and wonderful theater and dance performances throughout the city.
If you’re planning to use your bike for transportation around Philadelphia, try an upright bike. Who knows, you may fall in love!
In a few weeks, I’m going to ride my bicycle from New York City to Washington, D.C. I have never attempted such a feat before -- certainly not in...
Katie Monroe: The New Year is a time for reflection and goal-setting. Unsurprisingly, my list of resolutions (like my Christmas wish list) turned out to be pretty bike-centric.
This past Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., my office was packed. No, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia staff weren’t burning the midnight oil (that night, at least). Rather, nine Philadelphia women were there to take a free women’s “Urban Riding Basics” class.
When my family goes on vacation together, we ride bicycles. And I don't mean cruisers at the shore – we pick a destination, pack padded spandex shorts, and get up every day to ride anywhere from 20-50 miles, staying in hotels and B&Bs, taking in the scenery from our saddles.
What happens when a passionate bicyclist hits parenthood, and all the kid-chauffeuring that parenthood entails?