I love bicycling for the simplicity, the exhilaration, and the style. I suppose, I have just always considered the bicycle to be the perfect vehicle. I’m a subscriber to the Flann O’Brien philosophy of cycling: “People who spent their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycle as a result of the interchanging of the atoms”. From a young age, I cycled all over Dublin, first to school and then throughout my college years. When I first came to live in Philadelphia, I was taken by surprise as I struggled to cycle to my destinations. As a civil engineer, it became clear to me how the design of the infrastructure played a major role in my limited cycling options. Today, I hop on my bike for many local trips in my community plus I get to work to create the infrastructure to enable those rides. The perfect combination.
Fionnuala Quinn is a licensed civil engineer (PA #PE041396E) with over eleven years of engineering experience on environmental and land development projects and an additional five years advocating on road safety design issues. Her recent work has focused on bicycle engineering design related to bicycling and pedestrian facilities as well as master planning projects. She focuses on the innovative design of safer and more comfortable places to walk and bike, whether by reconfiguring existing streets, redesigning on-bridge facilities or through the creation of new trails.