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Welcome to the team, Darryl!

We're happy to welcome the newest member of the Advocacy Advance team. Darryl Turner joined us in January 2013.  As the research and tracking intern, he will be tracking how federal money is being utilized in states and examining the flexibilities federal law provides to states under MAP-21.  Darryl is currently a School of Public Policy student at the University of Maryland and holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Northwestern University.

What’s your first memory of riding a bike?

My first memorable biking experience occurred when I was about six years old. At the time, my favorite television show was the Viper series. I rode my bike around the entire neighborhood pretending it was a Dodge Viper and I was a crime fighter. I enjoyed every minute of it, scrapes and all.

What got you interested in public policy and where did you go to school?

I became interested in public policy when the U.S. economy collapsed in 2007-08. I decided to study Political Science and Business as an undergraduate at Northwestern University to examine alternatives to the policies that resulted in the Great Recession. As a matter of public policy, I became concerned about how proposed budget cuts would affect biking and pedestrian funding, and consequently, social wellbeing. I am currently enrolled in the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, where I specialize in International Development.

What are you excited to work with Advocacy Advance?

I spent a semester abroad in France and was quite astonished by the number of bikers and pedestrians filling the streets and sidewalks. The environment was cleaner, the atmosphere less stressful, and the people more carefree. I realized that biking and walking are much more sustainable as well as being a boon to health. I wanted to promote these types of experiences back home in the United States, in lieu of the discourse on shrinking the federal budget.

What will you be working on for the next 3 months?

As the Advocacy Advance Intern, I will be working on a number of projects, fromtracking how federal money is being utilized to examining the flexibilities federal law provides to states under MAP-21 to planning and investing in bicycling and walking projects.

What inspires you about cycling?

Biking or walking, I feel I can appreciate nature a bit more than I used to. These activities have been calming and detoxifying to me. They provide opportunities to exercise, explore new places, and relax after a demanding week.

 

Welcome to the team, Darryl!

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