We’re proud of our members!
Here are our stories, in no particular order.
As a freelance writer, Ellee has contributed to Lonely Planet guidebooks, and she authored their bike touring guide Cycling Italy. Her travel writing has also appeared in BBC Online, The Oregonian, Momentum, BikePortland.org, Outdoors NW Magazine, On Track Magazine, Pearl Magazine, Alaska Airlines Magazine, Adventure Cyclist Magazine, and Cycle California! Magazine.
Ellee is the co-founder of the Portland Society. In 2010, Ellee also founded the small publishing imprint Into Action Publications, whose titles included Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Oregon, Hop in the Saddle: A Guide to Portland’s Craft Beer Scene, by Bike, and Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-day Tours in Washington.
April’s first set of wheels were attached to a pink and yellow Big Wheel which she rode with joy up and down the hills of Piedmont, California. She graduated to a classic Schwinn banana seat bike. But then she lost the love of biking for most of a decade, after a disastrous introduction to road biking. Finally she moved to Sweden, where everybody bikes, and cycling joy was regained. Now she is a freelance writer and author and yoga teacher, and she’s muddling through the hard part of writing a historical novel about a little known high wheel bicycle racer named Louise Armaindo. She runs the Women on Wheels meetup group of 1,300 members.
A cyclist to the core, Maria lives to ride bikes. She rode in the first-ever critical mass in San Francisco in ’92, which launched her identity as a bicyclist. Working as a bike messenger in the late ’90s was also very influential, along with the culture and community that went with it. After moving to Oregon at the turn of the century, Maria continued riding and doing more long distance events with local recreational clubs. She served as president of the Vancouver Bike Club for a couple of years, and dabbled in randonneuring, loaded touring and bikepacking, including riding the Oregon Outback twice. Her latest adventure was competing in the inaugural Steens Mazama 1000, a self supported 1000 mile loop around Oregon visiting the two highest roads and including 150 miles of gravel. Maria uses these adventures to fuel her storytelling and scrapbooking, and more importantly, to inspire others to join in challenges that take them off the beaten path.
In 2009, Laura (and her partner Russ) did what most people only dream about – they sold everything they owned and spent three years traveling by bicycle around the US and New Zealand. During that time, they visited hundreds of small communities, and began to understand the ways that cycling can positively impact rural areas. In 2012, they partnered with Travel Oregon to market and promote the state’s landmark Scenic Bikeway program. From Oregon to Iowa to Tennessee, they continue to travel and work with a wide variety of communities and tourism agencies to develop strong bicycle tourism destinations and compelling marketing. Along the way, they have nurtured an online following, inspiring others to embrace bicycle travel, fly-fishing, trail running, and other outdoor recreation.
When Carla Bartow finished art school in 2008, she didn’t own a car, and her bicycle became her passport to freedom. As the years progressed, Carla married her passion for cycling, feminism, and art by having themed art shows (Babes and Bikes, 2011), organizing cycling events, and loving life. Carla made the move to Portland, Oregon in 2013 to ride year round, live car free, and to further her art career. Carla’s illustration and muraling talents brought her to Eurobike and Interbike to paint with Nutcase Helmets in 2015. Carla’s art reaches into the hearts of many, through helmets, wine labels, book covers, advertising, and murals. Carla’s passion for bicycles fuels her art.
Dorothy Mitchell is the General Manager of BIKETOWN, Portland’s Nike-backed bikeshare system, where she oversees BIKETOWN’s 1000 bikes and 100 stations. BIKETOWN has seen nearly 175,000 trips since its launch just eight months ago. Dorothy comes to BIKETOWN after a stint in asset management with the Portland Bureau of Transportation and after running business development for B-line, a Portland-based company that employs cargo trikes instead of trucks and vans to move urban freight. She has an MBA in Sustainable Systems from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and many years as a bike commuter that inspire her daily work.
Lori Sills is a native Oregonian living in Portland with her partner, Chris, and cats, Spokes and Mixte. Her day job is as a staff attorney with the Legislative Counsel Committee in Salem, Oregon. She is also the treasurer of Umbrella, a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsorship organization that promotes community-based street culture. With Umbrella, she is the project liaison for Shift, the Oregon Coast Pathway, Bike Fair, Skate Like A Girl, CycloFemme and the Portland Society Fund. In her free time Lori bike tours, mountain bikes, organizes group bike rides, backpacks and otherwise enjoys the natural beauty that makes the Pacific Northwest so amazing.
As the communications director at The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance), Kate drives all communications, marketing strategies, and public relations messaging to consistently voice The Street Trust’s mission. She manages the organization’s brand, working with staff and board on implementation. Additionally, Kate works closely with the leadership team, as the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives, refining The Street Trust’s strategy, in collaboration with the Advocacy and Programs staff. Energized and inspired by her recent trip to the National Bike Summit, Kate is excited to use what she learned to help further The Street Trust’s work.
By day, Meghan is the Brand Manager at Nutcase helmets – a whimsical, design-focused company with the motto of “I love my brain.” The company is based in Portland, OR, selling helmets in nearly 40 countries. By night, she is the behind-the-scenes organizer and marketer for a number of bicycle-related events, including the largest World Naked Bike Ride (at 10,000 riders), as well as the producer of non-bicycle-related events like The Moth. When she’s not on stage, or glued to her computer for work, you’ll likely spot her riding around town in a skirt and heels with her 28 pound terrier mutt in her front bicycle basket.
Shiatsu therapist, small business owner (of Achieve Through Massage) and believer in all things Chinese Medicine. My soul is nourished by sharing food with friends, concocting herbal remedies, adventuring thru trails with my handsome honey and our furry side kick, Zoe, and surrounding myself with warmth, be it a new conversation or a sun soaked rock in the middle of a river. I look forward to maintaining curiosity in the health care field and thrive on expanding my knowledge on self awareness and keeping life light.
I started riding my mom’s 10-speed so that I could go visit my friends and get into town. From there my wheels have been firmly planted on the pavement, from urban commuting/errands and family rides to time trial racing and bike touring. I love how much faster I am on a bike.
Cycling is in my genes. The photo is my Great Gramma Yost, in 1895, with her bike, in Portland. Call me a Personal Transformation Therapist – doing my magic to help people to heal their emotional issues, and achieve their wildest dreams – and beyond! Thought-leader, Professional Speaker, podcast producer, teacher, spiritual seeker. You’ll find me riding my vintage yellow Schwinn around Portland, or my black Trek road bike on longer journeys. I live in my vintage Airstream motor home. Talk about downsizing! After raising four kids to adulthood, I’m happily unencumbered. There is a phrase that I live by and aspire to: “Know who you are, be who you are – in everything you do!”