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Barbara Amodio

Bolton, Connecticut

Gayle Hays

Barbara, a retired teacher, is a founder and administrator of Bike Walk Bolton, a volunteer organization made up of area residents whose mission is to advocate for the expansion of safe, practical, and accessible means of moving about the community for pedestrians, cyclists, and the mobility challenged. She has organized community events that highlight the Hop River Trail which goes through Bolton, as well as a volunteer group that helps to clean and maintain the trail. Her unending advocacy for trail use has motivated and encouraged people to realize the health benefits of being outdoors and exercising in a safe environment. Barbara’s passion for biking and developing of safe trails reached a new height after becoming a member of the East Coast Greenway Alliance. She biked from Calais, Maine to Key West, Florida on the East Coast Greenway after her retirement. Along the way, she raised awareness and advocated for safe trails through communities. She is now an East Coast Greenway ambassador for Connecticut. Barbara has also introduced adaptive bikes to people with disabilities through community outreach and events to make cycling and walking easier for all. Barbara is on the planning committee of Rotary in Motion, a yearly event sponsored by Rotary Clubs from three local towns. She develops route sheets, recruits leaders, and helps get publicity for this event which features trails with two biking routes and a walking route, a Push, Pull, Pedal for young children, and a display of adaptive bikes.