Bike Laredo, within less than a year since its inception, has been able to coalesce the voices of City of Laredo officials, City of Laredo staff, the Texas Department of Transportation, and mobility advocates with a resolve to work towards the implementation of an active transportation system that is equitable, accessible and safe for all types of commuters. Additional Information: Laredo sits on the banks of the Rio Grande River, on the U.S.-Mexico border. It has a ubiquitous car culture that has hindered the health, walkability, and quality of life of its citizens. A lack of mobility options in Laredo has a direct economic and social impact on residents. On average Laredoans spend 1/3 of household income on transportation costs. The county’s obesity rate is at 35.7%, about 6% higher than the state average. In addition, sitting on the border, Laredo has a transnational culture and commuting from country to country for work opportunities is not uncommon. Many bike commuters are users whose bikes are the only means of transportation they have. Since Bike Laredo started, we have made successful strides in making active transportation a priority in the City of Laredo’s radar. Within less than a year, we advocated for the adoption and implementation of a citywide bikeway plan, collaborated with the city and state for the striping of bike lanes, and committed the city to invest in a media campaign educating cyclists and motorists on the rules of the road, among many other initiatives to make cycling culture a norm.
Frank Rotnofsky, AIA, is passionate about mobility issues and city-making that works towards improving connectivity among citizens. Growing up riding a bike in New York City, his insight in urban environments and public transportation make him the mobility expert on our team.
Karen Gaytan is a filmmaker and community advocate with experience in border communities. Her passion for research and organization drives her to work closely with community members and stakeholders for solution-driven projects. As a most recent cyclist, she enjoys learning about the new ways to enjoy cities through a bike.
George Altgelt, Esq., has learned his purpose in life is to defend the marginalized. He demands fairness and productivity from city staff to ensure Laredoans live in an accessible, equitable city. George is an avid mountain cyclist with a passion for nature and environmental justice.