Meet our Bicycle Ambassadors
Ambassadors are friendly and knowledgeable cyclists who provide information on bike safety, routes, and events and classes going on around Seattle. They can be found at transportation fairs, green festivals, Bike Sundays, parks, and wherever else bike questions can be answered.
Kelli rediscovered her love of bike riding after college when she moved back to her home state of Colorado. Most days in Denver are sunny and the terrain is really flat, so riding bikes there is particularly pleasant. When she decided move to Seattle in 2009 she knew biking needed to remain an integral part of her life. So she kicked her bike into a low gear, bought a rain jacket and hasn’t stopped pedaling since.
Riding to and from all the yoga classes Kelli teaches around town inspired her to write about the incredible connections between riding a bike and practicing yoga. Not only do both practices complement each other physically, but also connect people to the present moment. Her musings resulted in a book entitled Pedal, Stretch, Breathe: The Yoga of Bicycling.
When not on her bike or yoga mat you can find Kelli stopping roadside to harvest whatever plant is in season, cooking in the kitchen or crafting something cute.
Polly has been a bike commuter for 30 years, 25 of those in Seattle. She is a free-lance writer and editor with a passion for sustainability in her work and personal life. She worked for many years in public outreach for non-profits and for King County and is an active volunteer on climate change and other environmental issues. She bikes with her kids whenever she can and helps promote walking and biking at their school. When not biking or working, Polly can be found hanging out with family and friends, reading, gardening, cooking, doing yoga, hiking and skiing.
From Orlando, Fl to Erie, PA to Seattle, WA, Mike Buendia has biked through many varied physical and social environments. In 2005 Mike began riding a bike on short trips around his neighborhood in Orlando in an attempt to shrink his carbon footprint. However, he quickly discovered that cycling had more to offer than just a lighter conscience, and it wasn’t long before he was riding more often than driving. In 2008 he sold his car and has been commuting exclusively by bike ever since. Mike feels he truly earned the title of “avid cyclist” while living in Erie, PA, where his photo was featured in a full page article in the Erie Times newspaper for riding to work everyday through the harsh lake-effect winter. Upon moving to Seattle, he discovered that thousands of people share his enthusiasm for riding, and was elated to see all the great resources the city and cycling community provide for safe, fun and convenient biking.
Mike has been living in Seattle with his beloved wife and two cats for two and a half years and loves everything the Pacific Northwest has to offer. When off his bike, Mike tries to fill his time with the finer things in life: pizza, swimming, arts & crafts, music, hiking, and dreaming of summertime. He has a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Central Florida, aspires to visit the Grand Canyon, and loves the smell of tomato vines.
At a young age, riding my bike was a way of exploring new parts of the city that were different than my own. Growing up in Rainier Valley, I was surrounded by diverse cultures and simultaneously acutely aware of inequities that existed between my environment and surrounding neighborhoods. I developed a passion for writing, visual art and com¬munity building and outreach as ways of promoting positive change transcending their built environments through creativity. I ride the bus daily and enjoy helping teach people how to put their bikes on buses and plan their commutes. I am a recreational bike rider with a goals to become more confident riding on the road and to help advocate for safer streets. I believe all people can enjoy cycling whether its for fun, improving their health, or social benefit. I look forward to a future Seattle where on any given day, you can see people of diverse ages, cultures and regions of the city feeling safe and confident on their bikes. In addition to community outreach, I enjoy dancing, hip hop and creative writing, ice cream with hot fudge and studying architecture at Lake Washington Institute of Technology. I am excited to join the Cascade Bicycle Ambassadors this Spring and Summer. See you out there!
Brian was born in 1947 and grew up in mid-Wales, United Kingdom. He came to the USA in 1972 and has lived in California and Washington. Seattle captured him in 1975, and he has been here ever since. Brian has had many jobs since dropping out of art college in 1969, including being a weaver, a street musician (busker), a house painter and a gardener. He also worked in hospitals as an orderly and a surgical technician. Brian finally settled down as a transit operator with Metro Transit, where he drove the Monorail and the Waterfront Street Car and worked in the money counting center along with driving regular buses. He eventually became a computer network administrator with Metro in the early ‘90s and stayed there until retiring in 2004 from what was then King County/Metro. Brian commuted from Ballard to downtown by bicycle for more than 10 years and remains committed to bicycling as a non-polluting form of travel for commuting, shopping and recreational use. He is a vegan and an animal rights activist who loves hiking, walking his dog, drinking microbrews and listening to all types of music.
Stevie grew up (and once again) lives near the northeast corner of Lake Washington, in Kenmore. Stevie is returning for her second year as an ambassador for Cascade and has a particular interest in advocating for the suburban cyclist. Stevie attended the University of Montana, where she helped found the school’s first cycling and triathlon teams. When Stevie graduated she moved to Germany, and for two years biked to work every day, snow or shine. More recently Stevie worked as a tour guide with the local travel company, Bicycle Adventures. These work opportunities have shaped her perspective on what it means to be a “cyclist”: an all-encompassing, everybody’s welcome kind of gal. Stevie has an adorable 16-month-old son and a “mom bike” that she loves bringing to events to encourage parents of small children that biking with kids is safe, fun and possible! She looks forward to meeting more of our members this year and will do her best to represent our club.