Biking Walking & Blogging: Bike Walk Ambassador Mackenzie Turner BargenBiking Walking & Blogging: Bike Walk Ambassador Mackenzie Turner Bargen


Bike Walk Ambassador Mackenzie Turner Bargen

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Mackenzie Turner Bargen recently joined the staff of the Bike Walk Ambassadors on a full-time basis. A recent graduate of the Humphrey Institute, with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning, Mackenzie is also a League Certified Instructor (LCI) of bicycle safety and maintenance.


Mackenzie is familiar with the Ambassador program, having worked for the past two years as both an intern and on a part-time basis, primarily assisting Steve Sanders, the bicycle coordinator for the 69,000 students, staff, and faculty at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. At the U, she worked on such projects as the new University Bike Walk Center (a BWTC-funded project slated to open later this year), an update of the University's bicycle plan, and the U's successful application to be recognized as a Bike Friendly Business-the U was awarded a silver designation.


"The application process was a useful learning tool," Mackenzie said, because the data it requests becomes a benchmark of progress. The League of American Bicyclists, which administers the program, recently established a separate category for Bike Friendly Universities. The U's updated bicycle plan-currently under review-will be part of that application process. The plan, Mackenzie says, calls for the University to recognize bicycling as an "equitable mode," one that is "just as safe, efficient, and convenient" as other modes.


As she makes the transition to full-time with the Ambassadors, Mackenzie will continue to focus on bike/walk issues in higher education-at the U and other colleges and universities in Minneapolis, including MCTC, Augsburg, and others. She also will be working with City of Minneapolis Public Works and Bike Walk Twin Cities to plan events and other activities around the infrastructure projects-new bike lanes and sidewalks-slated to open in 2011.


Welcome Mackenzie!