Beth Hartsoch, Project Advisor
Beth has commuted to Western by bike since beginning employment at WWU’s Office of Survey Research in 2007. In total, she has cycled as her primary commute mode for more than fifteen years. As a cyclist and advocate of bicycles for transportation she served on the Bellingham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Kulshan Cycling Ambassador Program. In 2013, she was the primary organizer of local women athletes lobbying the Ski to Sea committee for inclusion of the local women’s division, and through that work developed relationships with many local businesses, organizations and leaders interested in cycling and thinking creatively about how we transport ourselves. She has a particular interest in creative bicycle engineering, including cargo bikes, family bikes, and electric assist bikes. She has used a bakfiets and long-tail as a primary transportation mode for her family since 2010.
Jillian Trinkaus, Program Assistant
Jillian is the Program Coordinator in the Office of Sustainable Transportation and a Campus Bike Educator. Jillian is a League Certified Instructor through the League of American Bicyclists, and she is a dedicated advocate for bicycling on campus and in the community. Jillian coordinates all aspects of the Viking eBike Pilot Project from the Office of Sustainable Transportation in Viking Commons 25, and she looks forward to getting you riding a Viking eBike!
Jenny Hoover, Project Co-Advisor
Jenny works in WWU University Advancement as an IT Specialist. She has used bicycles for her primary mode of commuting transportation for over ten years, beginning in Chicago, and continuing after she moved to Bellingham in 2006. The Viking eBike pilot project is particularly interesting to Jenny because it has the potential to reach populations currently underserved by traditional bicycle options. Like Beth, Jenny has years of experience commuting by bicycle in a wide variety of weather and traffic conditions, but more interested in riding bikes than working on them. Jenny’s experience will be helpful to inform the design and practical requirements for the pilot program.
Kellen Lynch, Bike Educator
Kellen is Western’s Campus Bike Educator and a bike enthusiast. As Campus Bike Educator, he teaches others how to safely and enjoyably ride the Viking eBike. In addition to leading Viking eBike orientations, Kellen helps new riders learn about the project, maintains the project’s blog and Facebook page, and helps get the word out on campus about the project. Kellen believes bicycling can change the way people live in the world; currently, he is a junior at WWU and is studying energy policy.