Welcome, Dana! Introducing Dana Martin, Our New Community Engagement Manager
MCBC is pleased to welcome Dana Martin to our team! Dana joins MCBC as Community Engagement Manager, where she’ll be central to our on-the-ground efforts to expand and engage Marin’s cycling community.
Dana has an extensive background in cycling, as an enthusiast, competitor (Cat 1 racer), organizer/promoter (having started Mike’s Bikes’ women’s team), marketing specialist (at Mike’s Bikes and Sports Basement), and safety advocate. She also comes to us with experience in the nonprofit sector, having worked at the American Cancer Society before moving to Marin.
Though Dana has been heavily involved in the local cycling scene for quite some time, she was inspired to become an advocate for safe cycling and work with MCBC after being struck while riding on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Lagunitas two years ago.
“It took quite some time for me to recover from the trauma of being hit from behind by a truck. After the crash, I became hyperaware of how vulnerable we are as cyclists. It is my goal to do what I can to advocate for safer and more accessible routes for cyclists in Marin.”
As a testament to her spirit, resilience, and passion for cycling, you’ll still find Dana all over Marin–and the world, for that matter–exploring on two wheels.
Keep an eye out for Dana on rides and at events. You’ll also hear from her when we need volunteers!
Get to know dana
Years riding: Since I was old enough to reach tricycle wheels.
Most frequently found riding: Marin’s classic road and trail routes.
What bicycle do you like the best? I’m a roadie, gravel explorer, and mountain biking newbie, at least by Marin standards.
What do you like best about the benefits of riding your bike? Being out in nature, staying fit, and socializing with our wonderful cycling community.
What would you have liked someone to tell you when you started? Learn to clip out of your pedals on both sides.
Where do you most like to ride your bike? Anywhere with a view.
Why would others like to ride in Marin? Riding in Marin is special because we’ve got it all. Anyone would love riding smooth roads through beautiful landscapes with coastal views and stops along the way–like Pt. Reyes, Stinson Beach and Marshall–as icing on the cake. And our commuters benefit from state of the art connectors on easy-to-use routes linking to SMART Stations and Ferry Terminals, the City, and Sonoma County!
What is your favorite vision of the bicycling in the future? Roads, trails, and paths that are safe and enjoyable for everyone, shared among courteous motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, and pet owners with mutual respect for each other and appreciation for our beautiful land.
Anything else to add? Joining MCBC is a huge honor that will enable me to make a difference in our community. I’m hoping anyone who rides a bike in Marin, whether on the trails or roads, will get involved in our work. There’s a lot to do!
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Welcome, Dana!