A Passion for Cycling: Keene Gets a "Bicycle Mayor"

By MEG MCINTYRE  
Keene Sentinel Staff
Keene Sentinel
Oct 4, 2017 Updated Oct 5, 2017

Tiffany Mannion has always owned a bicycle.

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The Massachusetts native recalls those first few moments without training wheels, as her father guided her through the parking lot where she first learned to ride. Looking back, Mannion says her passion for cycling might stem from her father’s love for the sport. During her childhood, he would sometimes ride from Boston to Baltimore on the weekends, a trip of more than 400 miles — that she assumed as a child was completely normal.

Today, Mannion, who now lives in East Swanzey, can’t imagine life without a bicycle.

“There’s a lot of things in life I love, but my favorite is cycling,” she says.

Now she’s channeling that passion to promote cycling in Keene.

On Saturday, Mannion was named the first bicycle mayor of Keene in a ceremony at the Monadnock Fall Festival. She’s not only the first to hold the position in Keene, but also the first bicycle mayor in the United States.

It’s part of a program created by CycleSpace, an Amsterdam-based start-up focused on making cities less car-centric. CycleSpace created the Bicycle Mayor and Leader Network to find leaders to represent local cycling communities. Read the full story: