September is Women's Bike Month, and we're so excited to feature some of our very own staff throughout the month.
Women account for only 34% of bike share members in the U.S. and our goal is to get more women biking by providing the resources and support they need to get started. Visit our Women Who Bike page and check our blog each week for profiles of the ladies leading the charge in the bike lane.
Meet Ashley, the head of Human Resources at Ford GoBike. Ashley provides support to nearly 100 employees in 3 regions (SF, East Bay and San Jose). When Ashley first joined Ford GoBike, she didn't feel comfortable biking and drove most places. Slowly, after seeing colleagues use bike share every day, she began using Ford GoBike for short trips. She started riding on the Embarcadero, using Ford GoBike to get VIP parking at AT&T Park. Today, you can find Ashley leading our Staff Rider Challenge, taking up to 6 trips / day.
Name: Ashley Turk
Occupation? Human Resources, I spend a lot of my time trying to be a resource to staff members.
Where are you from? Where do you live now? From Wisconsin, currently live in Daly City.
Favorite Ford GoBike station? Why? At the current moment, stations in the Mission are my favorite. I am able to explore a neighborhood that I avoided due to parking/unfamiliarity. Ford GoBike has really opened up my transportation options within the city and I am excited for any new stations to come. It literally has provided me the flexibility to go where I want on my terms.
How often do you ride Ford GoBike? What are some of your main use cases?
Most Everyday! Uses vary from commuting to work, running to lunch, meeting friends for drinks...
Favorite weekend activity?
Reading a good book.
What would you do if you were Mayor for a day?
Such a hard question! Maybe give out free ice cream sundaes at City Hall!?!
Only 34% of bike share members identify as female. What can we do on an individual and company level to change this ratio?
Keep promoting women who bike. I only became comfortable after seeing my peers do it. It made me think "I can do that!"