We are so excited to have such a creative mind joining the team as Graphic Designer in Julia Schaber. Julia became involved with the SF Bicycle Coalition as an intern, and we liked her so much we made her a permanent fixture on our team.
How long have you been a regular bike rider?
I started riding regularly at the age of 12 as a means of commuting around my hometown of Sacramento with a group of friends who lived in my neighborhood. I lived close to school, and within the relatively flat bounds of anywhere else I needed to go, so the only real challenge to face was the intense, dry summer heat.
Tell us a little about what you do at the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
I oversee all things design-related for both web and print in support of our members, campaigns and brand. I provide direct support to our Communications Director and collaborate with colleagues across the organization’s staff to grow and maintain a strong and positive visual presence both online and with our printed media in order to further our mission of promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation.
What led you to pursue a career in graphic design?
Since I was old enough to hold a pencil I’ve always loved to create, draw and write. There are a few artists in my family, one of whom found a strong niche in the design field. So when I learned Visual Communication Design was a degree worth obtaining, I had found an outlet to use art as a valuable way for me to contribute good things to the world.
What inspired your interest in biking and working in advocacy for bicycle riders?
Initially, I started biking as a means of transportation aside from walking or asking my parents for rides, and it brought me to a small community of like-minded people in my neighborhood who did the same. Now I find myself re-connecting to my inner-child every time I ride, which is something I feel everyone deserves to have. I’m so grateful to be empowered to work in advocacy for bicycle riders because a lot of people I care very deeply about ride regularly in the city. I feel that each and every person who rides in SF deserves the joy, safety and freedom when riding that I desire for those closest to me.
Where are your favorite places to bike around the city?
I like to ride recreationally in quieter avenues and areas within nature. I’m close to Lake Merced and Golden Gate Park. I’ve yet to venture across the bridge or tunnel, but have heard great things about biking in Marin and Oakland. Those are next on my Bay Area bicycle bucket list.
Anything else you’d like our members to know?
When I first moved to SF for school, I felt like a small fish in an overwhelmingly large pond. After being introduced to such a tight-knit, welcoming and supportive community through the SF Bicycle Coalition, I feel more connected to the city and the people who make this such a great place to live and bike. I’m excited and honored to be working with such an incredible group of people and looking forward to meeting everyone who supports the great work we do!