YMCA Arlington

Partner Spotlight

Photo: Bianca Patterson
Membership Services Rep./Events Coordinator

You're never too old, or too young to embrace a car-free lifestyle. In Bianca Patterson's experience, it started early, as a teenager. Her introduction to living a healthy lifestyle began at age 15, when she walked through the doors of the Arlington YMCA and began volunteering as a Counselor in Training.

Little did she know that this would be the beginning of a future career with the YMCA. Patterson cheerfully recalls the various jobs she has held over the past eight years at this popular YMCA. "After I volunteered they put me on the payroll," she recalled. "I've worked in Child Care, Birthday Parties, 'Before and After School Care,' as a Summer Camp Counselor and a Summer Camp Director."

Patterson also teaches CPR, is a YMCA trainer and has been promoted several times, which leads to her current position as Membership Services Representative/Events Coordinator.

Since recently signing on as a Car-Free Diet partner, Patterson is looking forward to building relationships and networking with other partners who have a similar mission: to build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

"We just became a partner last week. It made sense. If you think about it, a Car-Free Diet goes along with what we stand for here at the YMCA, which is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility."

Patterson was introduced to the Car-Free Diet when she spotted brochures and flyers in various Arlington County schools the YMCA interacts with for their youth programs.

Even though the YMCA wasn't an "official" partner at the time, she felt they were already partners in spirit. "We already participate in Bike to Work Day," she noted, and, "a lot of our members walk and take Metro." She has her walk from the Metro Station timed to between five and eight minutes.

YMCA Arlington logoPatterson is looking forward to learning about fresh ideas and sharing tips with Car-Free Diet partners on what they are doing to promote a car-free lifestyle. She referenced the June CFD Connector article, "It's a Rack-It," about making your business a bike-friendly destination. "That's valuable information and we need to check into getting more bike racks here," she said.

As the December holidays wind down, business at the YMCA ramps up in January due to the New Year's resolution surge. In the upcoming year, she's looking forward to working together with other Car-Free Diet partners and encourages any young professionals interested in volunteering to contact her. The YMCA has their Mini Health Day and Fair scheduled for April 16, 2012, and there are many volunteer opportunities like mentoring and coaching as well as a Senior Sneaker program.

YMCA Arlington
3422 13th Street N.
Arlington, Virginia 22201
Office: (703) 525-5420
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Bikes counted

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14th Street Bridge
2329
Ballston Connector
377
Bluemont Connector
241
CC Connector
826
Clarendon EB bike lane
297
Crystal SB bike lane
85
Custis Bon Air Park
1335
Custis Rosslyn
1651
Fairfax EB bike lane
214
Joyce St NB
39
Joyce St SB
30
Key Bridge East
1272
Key Bridge West
848
Military NB bike lane
52
Military SB bike lane
52
MVT Airport South
2591
Quincy NB bike lane
513
Quincy SB bike lane
220
Roosevelt Bridge
527
Rosslyn Bikeometer
1614
TR Island Bridge
1702
WOD Bon Air Park
1193
WOD Bon Air West
1866
WOD Columbia Pike
971
WOD East Falls Church
1469
Wilson WB bike lane
335

Peds counted

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14th Street Bridge
362
Ballston Connector
506
Bluemont Connector
361
CC Connector
676
Custis Bon Air Park
619
Custis Rosslyn
411
Joyce St NB
92
Joyce St SB
3044
Key Bridge East
2979
Key Bridge West
1374
MVT Airport South
436
Roosevelt Bridge
153
TR Island Bridge
1206
WOD Bon Air Park
846
WOD Bon Air West
755
WOD Columbia Pike
670
WOD East Falls Church
637

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8310343
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