A Smart Trips Superstar is someone who finds smart solutions to getting around Austin with sustainable transportation options. Check out our 2019 Superstars!
Meet Isabeau, November’s Smart Trips Superstar
This past Summer, Isabeau began using bikes to get around Austin. When she first started, the temperatures were hot! She reflected, “I was trying to navigate the city and getting to work, and one of my roommates set me up with a bike and got me started. It was the dead of Texas Summer (so, super hot). It was scary. I didn’t know the rules or how to cycle. cars were scary.”
Fast forward 6 months, she now cycles to work three days week, and walks or drives on other days. When asked what keeps her motivated to bike to work, she shared, “I love it. It had such an effect on my life. I feel much happier now that I cycle most of the time because driving was causing me anxiety. It [driving] was isolating, and I wasn’t outside as much… Now that I cycle, I feel like I know the city better. I know where things are and the people in it.”
For people who might be interested in bike commuting or weekend rides, Isabeau suggests starting with small trips and trying not to put a lot of pressure on yourself. For bike maintenance and care, Isabeau heads to Yellow Bike Project, a bike co-op in her neighborhood on the Eastside. They have community workshops each month and Women/Trans/Femme workshop nights too. She shared, “Yellow Bike Project is amazing. Everyone there is supportive and will give you awesome tools for how to take care of your bike. They are really encouraging and cool with you being a beginner.” Watch her interview below!
“Now that I cycle, I have about 40 minutes in the morning where I can think about things and clear my head. I feel like I know the city better and I know where things are and the people in it.”
Meet Zach, October’s Smart Trips Superstar
We first met Zach back in May when he joined us for our bike trip down to see the Forever Bicycles art installation. He’s been up to so much since then! Zach participated in this year’s Bike to Work Day and won free entry to the Livestrong Challenge race and has been doing long rides on the weekends to prepare. He also lives the car free lifestyle, commuting to work from his home in East Austin to his work downtown by bike every day. Thank you for leading an inspiring lifestyle Zach. We’ll see you on the streets!
“I feel like East Austin is the best place to be a bike commuter than probably anywhere in Texas”
Meet Movetia, September’s Smart Trips Superstar
Movetia’s participation with Smart Trips goes back to last year when she lived in the Central East program area and came along for a bike tour of the murals in the area. She now lives in Mueller and has attended every kind of event we put on, from ice cream bike rides on the Boggy Creek Trail, to transit adventures to the Paramount Theatre, Movetia has done it all! She even joined us for a scooter tour from the Terrazas Library to the Central Library downtown. Thank you Movetia for continuing to bring your spark to our events and sharing what you’ve learned with others. See you next time!
“It’s really made it accessible, took away the fear”
Meet Adriano Neglia, August’s Smart Trips Superstar
As a car-free Austin resident, Adriano showed us how he successfully gets to work using a multi-modal commute. We joined him Monday morning on a ride from his house on East Riverside to Plaza Saltillo Station. With bikes by our sides, we hopped on the MetroRail Red Line to reach the Apple Campus on West Palmer Lane. It only took us about 45 minutes to get there and we used that time to chat and get to know each other without sitting in traffic. On most days, Adriano likes to spend that extra time getting ahead on work emails, reading a good book and catching some extra Z’s; you can’t do all that in a car! Superstars like Adriano show us just how easy it is to make active transportation part of our daily routine!
“I don’t have to deal with traffic and I do my part to help the environment little by little “
Meet Zoe Mantarakis, July’s Smart Trips Superstar
Zoe is a mother of three who passes on her love of active transportation to the next generation by encouraging her children as well as neighborhood kids to bike and use transit. She can often be found riding around town pulling her three-year-old daughter behind her bike in a trailer with her two older kids riding alongside her.
“I’m a mother of three and we just take the show on the road!”