Our semi-regular installment of some recognizable faces peddling Boulder’s paths.
MITCH TRUJILLO – Officer, Boulder Police Department
BL: Do people perceive you differently on a bike than in a police car?
MT: Absolutely. It makes me more approachable, allowing the public to interact with me more readily and provide me with more information. It’s a more humanizing interaction.
BL: Has patroling by bike improved your job performance?
MT: For sure. I get to use all my senses more acutely, a bike allows me discreet access to areas difficult to reach by car, and I’m able to cover greater areas than on foot.
BL: What kind of bike do you ride?
MT: I ride a Trek mountain bike at work, and when I teach public safety for the International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA), I use a custom WaltWorks mountain bike, a fully rigid singlespeed. I work with companies in the bicycle industry in developing technologies that help public safety people do their jobs more effectively.
BL: What do you like about biking in Boulder?
MT: I’m fortunate that Boulder has such a strong cycling culture so that my work as a police officer on a bike fits into the fabric of the community. Sometimes I have to pinch myself to realize how lucky I am to do what I do.
REBECCA GLANCY – Mother of Ben and Josie
BL: Why do you ride?
RG: Biking is convenient, fun and environmentally responsible. And
I don’t have to worry about finding a parking spot. My kids and I ride to school every day, all year long. I bike around town to do my errands, too.
BL: What’s your favorite part about riding in Boulder?
RG: That many of the people driving cars are probably cyclists, too. Drivers are generally alert to riders and are considerate about sharing the road.
BL: What’s it like to ride your kids to different schools?
RG: Getting to bike with both of my kids to two different schools is great, it’s fun to ride together. And we’re lucky that the timing works out so well as one school starts later and ends later than the other. It takes only a little bit more time to bike than to drive. And we don’t have to wait in the long hug-and-go drop-off line!
My kids like biking to school because it’s fun – and way more fun than riding the bus. They enjoy the sense of freedom and thrive having a sense of personal responsibility.
MIKE SWEENEY – City of Boulder Director of Public Works for Transportation
BL: What does biking mean for you?
MS: I’ve worked for the City of Boulder for 25 years and always commuted by bike. One day, I suddenly couldn’t ride up the Broad- way hill. It turns out I had aplastic anemia, an autoimmune disease that depletes blood platelets. I had a bone marrow transplant more than three years ago and now cycling helps me stay healthy. I ride 25 miles every day.
BL: What do you like about cycling in Boulder?
MS: We’re lucky to live here because the bike infrastructure is constantly evolving. The County systematically creating shoulders on area roads has made a huge difference in where you can ride.
BL: What are your challenges in promoting cycling as transportation?
MS: Our Transportation Master Plan envisions a balanced system among the different travel modes. It creates aspirational goals for bike, pedestrian and bus systems. Right now, we’re very focused on in- creasing safety – through engineering, enforcement and education. All in all, we have an amazing mode share for an American city.