The 2019 Winners

We are proud to award our 2019 riderships to Alexa Jakusovszky, Yoko Kinoshita, and Linda Watts in our seventh year of honoring Mark Bosworth with this grant fund!

Alexa Jakusovszky

Salem, Oregon

Alexa Jakusovszky

About Alexa: My favorite thing about biking is how accessible it is. Seniors, young people, low income people, people with disabilities, injured athletes, and heavier people — people who are generally underrepresented in athletic circles — can all participate in long distance biking. The world of bike touring is the next frontier that needs to be addressed in creating inclusive spaces for these groups.

The advocacy branch of my career path has parallels to Mark's path in a few ways. I worked in the active transportation advocacy space and have also worked in the public policy arena. As a result, I am regularly engaged in conversations around transportation, infrastructure, accessibility and sustainability. There is power in coming together with a diverse group of people to talk about the things you love. For me, that thing is biking.

Yoko Kinoshita

Lake Oswego, Oregon, and Japan.

Yoko Kinoshita

About Yoko: Accepting from Japan, Yoko says she hopes to share her adventure with people in Japan.

Yoko heard about Cycle Oregon some years ago, and thought it was wonderful, but she could not even consider it due to the cost. This year, Yoko saw an MBF poster that Dr. Oscar Fernandez had posted in the University Studies department. (Oscar is one of our previous MBF riders!) Yoko and Oscar are associated via Portland State University.


It may not show in this selfie, but Yoko was one happy lady!

Linda Watts

Portland, Oregon

Linda Watts

About Linda: When Linda heard she'd been awarded a ridership, she wrote: I was half way through day one of my annual bike ride that goes from Champoeg Park to Corvallis and back the next day. This our 8th year and my two friends who started the ride with me try to get a dozen women, especially those who have not done an overnight ride before, to join us. They were almost as excited for me as I was and said we need the perfect spot for a picture. This photo was taken later on the ride, on the Union Street bridge in Salem.

Last Night of the Ride...

Night 6, before Day 7 ride.

Here we are on the last night of the ride! All our riders came through with Flying Colors! Pictured in Front: Kirsten Comandich, Julie and Kelly Bosworth. In back, riders Linda and Lex, Claire Bosworth, rider Yoko, and John Miller. This photo was followed by a heartfelt dinner together. Thanks to Greg Lee for being there and taking our photo, as always. (Board members not pictured: Eric Bosworth, Ingrid Nylen.)

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