Bike & Build - Andrew Lawrence

Andrew Lawrence

Conn. to California 2011
Miles: 4003 / 4003       Days: 73 / 73       Build Days: 11       Rest Days: 3       Location:  Route is over    

 Hey Everyone! My name is Andrew Lawrence, I’m 21 years old and currently a Junior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, studying Public Policy with a focus on Social Justice and Sustainability Issues.  Born and raised in Boston, I have always been partial to life in the city, but will never say no to a great adventure or opportunity.  Over my years, I’ve had my fair share of pretty memorable adventures, from bankrupting myself in order to get my Scuba Diving license in Florida, to my last-minute decision to drive overnight to Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration, and I hope that through Bike & Build, I can bring awareness of America’s affordable housing disparity across our country on a bicycle! 

 I don’t think I can say for sure how I first heard about Bike & Build, it’s something that I’ve known about for a long time, and has always been on my mind, I knew that I just wanted to wait until I was finally a college upper-classman to get involved, and so here I am!  In the spring of my freshman year of college, I traveled on an Alternative Spring Break trip to New Orleans, in order to help with disaster relief.  As part of this program, I learned a lot about the thousands of Americans who became homeless overnight, and were thrust into a situation with nowhere to go.  Seeing the housing crisis that so many people faced was a harrowing experience, and was one of the reasons why I became interested in Policy and the importance of Community Development and support.

 Living in Boston, I first got into riding on city streets, which for anyone who has yet to experience it, is quite the experience.  Somewhere between the traffic, the pedestrians, crazy drivers, and the never-ending streetlights, I developed a love for my road bike.  The hectic road life was absolutely for me, and I would often spend summer nights biking through the city with my friends, trying to figure out something to do.  Then I came to college in Western Massachusetts, and I began to see how much fun it was to ride on the rolling hills and quiet roads of Amherst.  From that moment on, I was hooked, and brought my bike almost everywhere I went, knowing that it was the most convenient transportation that I could ever hope for (except for when there’s two feet of snow on the ground…).

 I look forward to the unbelievable opportunity to learn about one of our country’s (and our world’s) most pressing problems, especially with people who I know are as passionate as me.  Getting a chance to see the country on two wheels, offer as much help as I can to those who need it, and the opportunity to meet people looking to change the world is definitely an adventure that I can’t wait to start.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at aflawren@student.umass.edu Thanks!

 

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Conn. to California's Affordable Housing impact:
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Jun 15 - Danbury, CT
Jun 18 - Stroudsburg, PA
Jun 29 - Huntington, WV
Jul 7 - Springfield, IL
Jul 13 - Lawrence, KS
Jul 14 - Lawrence, KS
Jul 23 - Loveland, CO
Aug 1 - Moab, UT
Aug 4 - Green River, UT
Aug 18 - Stockton, CA