Beth Emery

Beth’s love of bikes started at 11 with her white girls Varsity Schwinn and lots of rides around town with her best buddy Nancy. In college at both San Diego State and Northeastern she become a committed bike commuter. Then the bike touring bug bit!

In college while earning her degree in Physical Education and majoring in rowing, she led bike trips (fully loaded for camping) for teens in England, Vermont and Maine. Her own “loaded” bike trips, taken in her twenties include a cross country bike trip—Marblehead MA, to Long Beach CA, an 800 mile ride starting on the Skyline Drive in Virginia, and ending in New Durham NH, a second 800 mile trip started in Missoula, MT and passed thru the US and Canadian National Parks on the way to Jasper National Park in Canada, with Adventure Cycling Association (then called Bikecentennial),  another Bikecentennial journey took Beth 600 miles from Northern CA to Washington State with the sights of: Mt Shasta, Crater lake, Mt Hood, Columbia River Gorge area and Mt Rainier, another trip of 2 weeks was spent roaming around Utah’s National Parks with desert cactus in bloom.

Beth now prefers van and fully supported tours, and has enjoyed a ride in South West Texas- featuring the Big Bend National Park with Adventure Cycling Associates, a trip on the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia with Pedal and Sea Adventures, a wonderful trip back to Southern Utah highlighting Bryce Canyon and Capital Reef National, plus the Glen Canyon area and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument with Lizard Head Cycling Tours. In 2006 she did the annual Bon Ton Roulet a bicycle trip thru upstate NY’s Finger Lakes region. Her one over-seas trip in recent years was biking in the Sarlat region of France for a week (and a 5 days in Paris on foot). Learn about bicycle touring here.

Beth’s Advocacy work regarding bikes began in College in Boston during the 80’s when she severed on the Boston Area Bicycle Coalition Board. Since moving to CT she has been a supporter of state wide Advocacy organizations, and a constant presence in Middletown and the region promoting safe cycling and sensible bicycling infrastructures. She was a prime mover in getting the Complete streets committee stared in Middletown .

Bicycling Education: Beth has been teaching cycling skills since the 80’s when she lived and worked in Boston. She is a League of American Bicyclist--Licensed Cycling Instructor. In 2008 the Capital Region Council of Governments received a grant to partner with Bike Walk CT and develop a state wide bicycle education Curriculum. Beth was hired for the job, and the programming is being used by BWCT, and extending to the public school systems with the 4th grade education curriculum she helped create.

Commuter: Beth’s only transportation when she lived in Boston and Philadelphia was her bike, For a host of reasons she seldom chose to use the subway systems, so year round biking it was. Since moving to CT she commutes by bike on regular basis spring, summer and fall—since she owns a car now, she does drive when it rains or snows, or the weather is just plain to cold.

Beth’s passion for bicycle extends to Bicycling History with an emphasis on women cyclists and in particular the women who rode and raced from 1880-1910. She has a large collection of historical books, and old prints and ads from magazines, a few rare posters of women on bikes from that time. If anyone is interested Beth would be happy to set up a viewing. She has been to two International Cycling History Conferences and looks forward to the 2016 Conference to be held in New Haven, CT.