Hey everyone, I’m Madeleine Pelzel! Born and raised a small-town Hoosier, I am currently 21 and in my third year of studying architecture and anthropology at Rice University in Houston. Towards the end of high school, I was lucky enough to discover both my love for the built environment AND a love for cycling. The summer before I took off for college, I embarked on my first long distance tour (1800 miles -- Key West, FL to Bloomington, IN) and haven’t looked back since.
After moving to Texas, I learned about the BPMS150 ride from Houston to Austin (180 miles in two days), a ride that thousands of people do annually to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. This sparked my interest, and I founded a philanthropic club on campus to lead Rice students on the ride. Heading into our third year, the team has raised thousands of dollars together through cycling and raising awareness. I also became involved in Rice’s on-campus student-run bike shop called Rice Bikes in the first few months I was at Rice. After about a year of working there as their Marketing Manager, I took on full responsibility of the shop as General Manager (GM) in December 2015. In my year as GM, a large portion of my focus was spent growing our advocacy and community service wing -- particularly through an organization called Freewheels Houston, a nonprofit that provides bicycles for refugees. Through this program, Rice Bikes fixes donated, gently (and not so gently) used bicycles that become the primary transportation method for dozens of refugees in Houston.
Studying architecture is also a huge part of my life that has led me to think about all kinds of issues relating to the built environment. I spent a good portion of my sophomore year at Rice working towards a Solar Decathlon bid and strongly believe that housing is one a basic human right. Our cities and towns must react to the current housing crisis in ways that are smart, sustainable, and focused around the individuals and families living in them. I can’t wait to take a more active role in this development through Bike & Build.
A fellow Rice Bikes mechanic, Grace Jenkins (2016 NC2SD), got me excited about Bike & Build as a perfect combination of my advocacy, cycling, and architectural interests. The program, the people, and the service encompass my personal mission and goals. I could not be more eager to embark on this trip!
I will be providing updates along my the way, and hope that you will join me in this journey. Thank you so much to all those who have donated to make this trip possible:
Headline Sponsor: $500+
Chelsea Architects (Robert Taylor and Leonard Lane)
State Sponsors: $250+
Maine - Bill Oliver
New Hampshire - Lonnie Hoogeboom
Build Day Sponsors: $100+
Chuck and Zoe Payne
Ride Day Sponsors: $50+
James and Susan Mehling
JEff and Debra Johnson
Read more about my journey at:
|Madeleine has currently raised $2,850.|
That's 119% of her $2,400 fundraising goal.