His business card reads, “Deputy Director, City Traffic Engineer”; meet Bryan Jones from the City of Carlsbad, CA.
He’s a fellow bike rider – we ride the same brand. He’s a great coach, after only an hour together and I am learning how to be a more effective advocate. He’s practiced – he’s done all this before in Fresno before moving to Carlsbad only 2 years ago. He’s having a big impact; already Carlsbad is a bright spot along the coast for those who wish to bike and walk. He’s a Facebook friend, too – that’s how I know he’s an optimist.
This is the first time we’ll meet and there’s so much I want to accomplish, especially seeing the infrastructure, the bike racks and bike corrals. I arrive early and rent a Pedego electric bike so I can zip around to see the new buffered bike lanes on Carlsbad Blvd. We will meet at Brand and Roosevelt and when I get there 10 minutes ahead of him, I understand why: there are bike racks everywhere.
I can’t do everything and I’ve got a million questions. Where can we sit for the interview that’s quiet?
Can you think of some place quiet for the interview?
A park overlooking the Carlsbad lagoon.
Bryan keeps mentioning the 9 Community Values. I was surprised that biking isn’t #1 or #2, it’s things like small town feel, beach community character and connectedness along with access to recreation and active, healthy lifestyles. And I’m beginning to see how the infrastructure improvements that are happening here are part of a bigger picture – biking is a way to accomplish these objectives.
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