2016 Rider Profile: Spencer Carran

Meet Spencer Carran, fourth in our get-to-know-the-riders series.  The 2016 PA-to-DC ride will take place April 29 -May 3.   Spencer is a member of State College Presbyterian Church.

11865336_10154181540799115_439161130685170416_oI am an ecology PhD candidate at Penn State focused on global public health, particularly in the context of the developing world. As the climate continues to warm over the next century, larger and larger segments of the world will suffer increased risk for outbreaks of vector-borne disease, as well as the negative effects of food insecurity that will disproportionately impact the  global poor. For those of us blessed to live in the wealthiest nation on Earth to continue to jeopardize the long-term habitability of our planet in service to short-term luxury is an ongoing moral failure, and I hope that by making a tangible display of avoiding excess fossil fuel use the PA IPL riders will be able to prompt our representatives in Congress to take a more thoughtful approach to environmental issues.

I commute exclusively by bike, including through the winter. We are fortunate in State College to have dedicated bike lanes through much of town, and little enough sprawl that distances within town are always manageable. I enjoy the ability to rely on my own two legs to get around, rather than becoming dependent on a car. Traveling by bike allows us to be more attentive to our surroundings, and in addition to commuting through State College by bicycle I have enjoyed exploring central Pennsylvania more broadly on longer rides. I look forward to
the sights we will see along the road as we ride to DC.

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MANY THANKS to our 2016 silver sponsors Sun Directed, and Beth Richards, KBB Realtor, to our 2016 bronze sponsors the Bicycle Shop and West Arête, and the Rock Ethics Institute for their support! for their support! (Become a sponsor)

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