Ben grew up in sprawling, car-dependent North Dakota. After graduating college and learning about urban design, he moved to Chicago. He enjoys programming, Dungeons and Dragons, oxford commas and his daily bike commute. Ben hopes to make Chicago safer, more equitable, and an example of how urbanism can be done in the US.
Carl is a car free family man and lifelong Chicago resident. Carl advocates for safe streets so that all forms of mobility are treated with dignity, starting with the most vulnerable.
Emily grew up in Chicagoland not knowing anything other than car-dependency, except for riding her hand-me-down bike to school, the Forest Preserve, and to her friends' houses. Emily believes all Chicagoans deserve access to public spaces that spark joy and bring people closer to gether.
Nate grew up in rural / suburban Ohio, where driving is the only option, but has called Chicago home for 25 years. Nate now visits the Netherlands often, where his wife's family is from, and appreciates how much better life can be when biking and walking are safe and enjoyable options. Nate envisions a Chicago with the same kind of safety and freedom for his two daughters.
Rony is a car-free Chicagoan who loves to connect with people, enjoy life, and foster cats without the burden of car ownership and with the joy of biking. Rony believes that the most vulnerable in our society need to be thought of when designing our cities and public spaces. You can find Rony at the intersection of social equity, transportation, urban planning, and data.
Sam likes biking and riding the L. He has a megaphone and isn't afraid to use it. He joined BGN in August to help organize the first bike bus, and has been to jams and buses ever since.
Sammy grew up dreaming of taking the "L" every day to an office in the Loop. Now she works in the office twice a week in River West and bikes there. Bike-commuting for Sammy has been equally joyful and easy as scary and frustrating. She hopes that she can one day experience a Chicago that cares more about moving people than moving cars.