Commute Program Assistant

McKayla Dunfey

Wheels: Cannondale SuperSix and Specialized Allez Elite; Commute: Five miles from Green Lake.

Favorite Ride: So far, I’ve loved riding around Mercer Island. My all-time favorite rides have been through the rolling hills and quiet farmlands of Central NY!

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 environments. While at Hamilton, she resurrected and captained the cycling team and spent her summers leading bicycle trips for high-school students down the Pacific Coast and across the county.

McKayla looks forward to helping inspire more people to ride bicycles, and she is excited to further explore her interest in transportation planning and bicycle advocacy in her new position as Commute Program Assistant. As a new resident of Seattle, McKayla is eager to explore the Pacific Northwest, join Seattle’s road racing community, and experience year-round bicycle commuting. In addition to riding bikes, McKayla enjoys music, cooking, cross-country skiing, and marathon canoe racing.