the freedom to ride initiative
What is the freedom to ride initiative?
It’s really all about choice.
The ability to choose is one of the most basic human desires. We all want it. We all think we’ve got it and at least to a certain extent, we do. To decide our appearance, our day to day lives, how we get from place to place, these are things we feel are within our reach, within our ability to choose. As bipedals, we have the ability to move, to self-transport and as such, we should be able to choose how we get from Point A to Point B. These are the basics of being human.
Or at least they should be.
Have you ever been stuck? It’s the most unfree feeling we experience. To be confined, unable to choose, physically contained and restrained. And if you are trying to get from Point A to Point B, it’s almost irritatingly inhumane. It goes against the very tenants of our humanity to not be able to move, to not be able to choose forward progress over being stuck.
That’s why we decided to create The Freedom To Ride Initiative. Our goal is to remove the barriers of active transportation- the ability to get from A to B and allow riders the freedom to choose. The Freedom To Ride Initiative includes educating so that riders feel safe on the roads, providing riders support and community, and encouraging more cycling infrastructure in our community through working with elected officials and city planners.
Freedom to ride stories
freedom to ride essentials
Bicycle Friendly business
In 2021, Red Rock Bicycle Co. was recognized with a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business award by the League of American Bicyclists. We initiated the application shortly after started work on the Freedom to Ride project, because the League shares our vision of an America where every person can safely and easily choose to ride their bike.
We applied for the Bicycle Friendly Business Status as part of our effort of supporting and amplifying work that aims to improve the riding conditions for everyone, from athletes to recreational riders to bicycle commuters.
Bicycles change lives – we see it every day. We are proud to be part of a movement to build a more Bicycle Friendly America.
meet judith, our active transportation specialist
Judith has been aboard Red Rock Bicycle Co. as a Service Technician since April 2019. Some of you might know her from her time as Location Director of the Saint George Bicycle Collective. She oversaw the Collective’s move into its first store on Saint George Boulevard. She raised funds and she designed and implemented all its location specific programs. In 2019, she got certified as a bicycle technician with United Bicycle Institute.
Judith is familiar with the bike advocacy landscape in Utah, and she has a deep passion for active transportation. As a Northern German native, she’s biked everywhere pretty much since she was in Elementary School, and she’s figured out ways to commute by bicycle wherever she’s moved ever since.
Add her graduate degree in Social Sciences and her international experience in research, education, and
community engagement work to the mix, and you’ll know why we’re excited to see her step into this role.
Judith’s favorite thing about bike commuting is the creative energy it adds to her everyday life. Figuring out new routes is always an adventure, and often feels like an achievement. Her recent favorite is a neighborhood route from downtown Saint George to Costco and the new climbing gym nearby.