Commute Program Assistant
Wheels: Specialized Allez
Commute: 5 miles from the University District.
Favorite Ride: Any ride at sunrise or sunset.
McKayla grew up outside of Portland, Maine where she developed a love for bicycles early in life. At age two, she begged her parents to take off her training wheels, but sadly had to wait until the snow melted off the streets. In her teens, she rode a sleek, steel-framed 1940’s Raleigh built by her great-grandfather, who worked as a Raleigh distributor at a bicycle shop in Newton, Massachusetts.
McKayla continued to develop her passion for all things bicycling-related at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, where she majored in Environmental Studies and conducted a Senior Fellowship entitled, “The Bicycle’s Influence: Changing Perceptions of Place and Space in Urban Environments.” In this year-long independent research project, she investigated how the individual experience of riding a bicycle influences one’s connection to place, as well as how North American cities are now accommodating bicycles to fit into larger multi-modal transportation systems.
McKayla served as an AmeriCorps member at Cascade from 2013-2014 working as the Commute Programs Assistant in the Advocacy Department. She now spends her time working on the Eastside advocating for better bicycling infrastructure. McKayla spends her free time cooking with friends, bike racing with her teammates on Team Group Health, and praying for snow.