Meet a Health Hero: Katie Monroe

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Katie Monroe | Photo by Andrea Mules

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Name: Katie Monroe

Occupation: Founder of Women Bike PHL at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

Who or what motivates you to be healthy?
I was lucky to grow up in a family that valued health and wellness. I got used to healthy food and regular physical activity—especially biking and hiking outdoors. I definitely have my parents to thank for that. It’s such a gift for that to be my “normal.”

Describe a health or fitness related turning point in your life.
As an adult, I draw a lot of inspiration and support from the community I’m building, Women Bike PHL. Starting to see everyone’s stories in our Facebook group is inspiring me to try longer rides, gets my spirits back up after a bad experience with aggressive driving, etc. Community is central to health for me, both physical and mental, and I think for a lot of us.

What “policy” would you institute to make Greater Philadelphia a healthier region?
I am happy to say one of my dreams on this front is coming true: Philly is getting a bike share system this coming spring. Having an easily accessible, affordable option to ride a bike to get from point A to point B is going to have a huge impact on our city health-wise. Even a little bit of physical activity goes a long way.

What’s the most important part of your health or fitness regimen?
Riding my bicycle, of course! Biking for transportation lets me make physical activity a part of my everyday life as well as save money, be more on time, be part of an amazing community and more. I couldn’t imagine not riding a bike at this point.

What is your number one piece of health-related advice?
Ride bikes! The late Robin Williams said he loved biking because it’s the closest thing to flying we can do. Biking has the ability to greatly improve people’s physical, mental and emotional health, and I feel so grateful that I get to help so many people discover that for themselves through my work.

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