MOUNTAIN BIKE RADIO | TRAIL EAFFECT – “EPISODE 53: ANN CHRISTIANSON OF THE SARIS FOUNDATION”

Listen to Episode #53 | Ann Christianson of the Saris Foundation

ABOUT THE EPISODE

Topics Covered:

  • Ann Christianson backstory
  • How Ann found bikes
  • Working within the bike industry for multiple bike companies
  • Saris and what Saris Makes
  • The Saris Foundation
  • How Chris of Saris took multiple leaders to Zambia to see what the power of the bicycle really means
  • Bike Parks for Kids
  • Vacant Lots / Land and the opportunities that previous generations had with these spaces
  • How Public Bike Parks can serve multiple generations and demographics
  • Where the First Bike Parks for Kids Bike Park is being built
  • Where to find out more information about Bike Parks for Kids
  • How the Grant Making is Seed Money & connecting communities with communities that have done this before
  • Grant Application & next round is due on Jan 31st 2022
  • PDF Guide to Creating Community Bike Parks
  • More Details on the Grant Application 
  • Stories on bike parks and what has been successful (Hint: Big Marsh)
  • Insight from Ann / Words of Wisdom / Closing Comments

RELATED SHOW LINKS

Saris: https://www.saris.com/
Saris Advocacy: https://www.saris.com/advocacy
Saris Bike Parks for Kids: https://www.saris.com/advocacy/bike-parks-for-kids
https://www.saris.com/page/foundation?utm_source=homepagenav&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=navlinkmenu
A Guide to creating community bike parks: https://www.saris.com/Uploads/Saris/2021/12/Guide-to-Creating-Community-Bike-Parks.pdf
Saris Foundation Grant Application (first round due Jan 31st, 2022): https://sariscyclinggroup.wufoo.com/forms/grant-application-form/
Big Marsh: https://bigmarsh.org/


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ABOUT TRAIL EAFFECT

Trails build community and Communities build trails. What came first you may ask… Host Josh Blum digs into the stories of how trails effect and affect the people and places we call home and those we might like to call home.

ABOUT THE HOST

Josh Blum is a father and doer of stuff – paired with Advocate, Builder of Trails and Community. Originally from La Crosse WI, Josh has been enjoying the outdoors, trails, and mountain bikes since a young age. Always curious and learning about better ways to improve trail users’ experiences. Josh is employed by WisDOT, and is the owner / operator of Evolution Trail Services.

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Author: Ben

Ben is originally from Southeastern Wisconsin. After graduating college at UW La Crosse, he lived in several Midwestern cities, Denver, and Western North Dakota before relocating to Hayward, Wisconsin in 2017, providing a lot of opportunity to experience the outdoors throughout the country. Ben started mountain biking in 2006 after five years of other endurance sports including running and triathlons of various distances. In 2012, he created Mountain Bike Radio and has been dedicated to mountain biking since. He has a lot of experience racing all distances, including 24 hour solos, 12 hour solos, 100 miles, 50 milers, XC distance, fatbikes, gravel, and everything in between. He’s married to wife, Amy, with two young children – Claeson and Paige. Ben hopes that his passion for mountain biking and the outdoors drives his commitment to creating, improving, and maintaining opportunities in the outside world.

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