I grew up in an idyllic suburb of Chicago, where I walked or biked to and from school everyday - rain, snow, or shine. Moving to the bucolic Connecticut suburbs of New York City at age 11, I was immediately struck by how limited my mobility and freedom was without safe streets to bike or walk. At the same time, the public transit access into NYC expanded my world tremendously and more than made up for the loss in bikeability. And so began my love affair with alternative transportation options. I have since lived in lots of different places, including Southern California, North Carolina, and New Zealand, and I have always been keenly aware of how the changing landscapes and cultural norms have shaped the opportunities for walking and biking. I am committed to learning all the ways I can help make that choice possible everywhere.
Heather is an urban planner and public health professional who thinks walking and bicycling should be as normal and accessible in every community as any other mode of transportation. With a background in biology and public health, She is particularly interested in how opportunities for walking and biking impact the health of our communities. With a Master of Urban and Regional Planning and a Master of Public Health, Heather has extensive research experience in the intersection of public health and urban planning, with a focus on active transport planning, the built environment, and the effects on chronic disease. She is an active advocate for bicycle safety and awareness in her community and neighborhood in downtown Charlotte, and believes that planning for the most vulnerable roadway users is vital to creating more equitable, vibrant, and connected communities.