Ambassador Spotlight: Jessica Romigh!
What do Ohio, Vermont, New York, and 27 other states have in common? They rank higher in “bike friendliness” than Texas. According to The League of American Bicyclists annual report card, Texas is ranked #30 in the nation for bike-ability. The inability to walk or bike around a city has a negative impact on the health of individuals and families, the local economy, and the environment. In the city of Hutto, our Ambassador Jessica is doing something about it.
IT’S TIME TEXAS Ambassador Jessica Romigh is the proud founder of Bike Hutto. After seeing a real need within her community for alternative ways to get around the city, Jessica took action. Conceptualized in October 2014 and made a reality in May of 2015, Jessica founded Bike Hutto “to encourage and foster a community environment within Hutto in which bicyclists of all ages can socialize, receive safety education, and voice their needs for building better bicycle friendly infrastructure.”
Members of the Bike Hutto crew
They’ve had 80 members sign up since their membership program launched in May and have been involved in more than 20 events. Constant collaboration and partnerships with organizations within Hutto have been key in making an impact; Bike Hutto is involved with the City of Hutto Public Works Department, the Hutto Fire and Police Department, Bike Texas, Rails to Trails Conservancy, People for Bikes, and Strong Towns. Bike Hutto’s efforts have increased appreciation, awareness, and participation in bicycling, and have also “created a ripple affect of healthy involvement in Williamson County” according to Jessica.
Jessica and her husband, Lance, hanging out with a Hutto Hippo
It’s no surprise that Bike Hutto actively participated in the 2015 Community Challenge. Their mayor Debbie Holland’s pickleball video was among our favorites last year! “From that time on, we have felt a natural partnership between what we are trying to accomplish with Bike Hutto and the goals and mission of IT’S TIME TEXAS,” Jessica shared. After connecting with us through the Challenge, Jessica felt the next step was to become an Ambassador.
Thanks to Jessica’s passion for bicycling and a deep love for the city of Hutto, there is serious healthy change happening in their community.
“I love the feeling of freedom and adventure that comes when you hop on your bike. But I think what I love most is that bicycling is what made me fall in love with living in Hutto. You can discover so much more about a town when you get out of the car and either bike or walk it! Helping to create a bicycling friendly atmosphere through infrastructure, education, and community allows others to have those same feelings. Having something that you love that also makes you healthier is like winning the jackpot. We have one precious life on this earth and the healthier we are, the longer we can enjoy it!”
To learn more about Bike Hutto, visit their website! All of their group rides are totally free and are listed in the Choose Healthier App! Want to join Jessica as an IT’S TIME TEXAS Ambassador? Apply today!