Hi, folks. Cycle Forward is a long-held dream that combines my passions for building community, time spent outdoors, and helping people to become the best version of themselves.
I got my start in trails by way of community development. I was a senior at Saint Vincent College when I realized I wanted to help improve communities, so I went on to earn a Master of Public Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. I spent the next six years on Pittsburgh’s South Side, marketing the East Carson Street National Historic District. There, I started the South Side Soup Contest and engaged other Pittsburgh neighborhoods in a heritage tourism collaboration meant to introduce visitors to some of Pittsburgh’s most interesting places.
This led me to my next opportunity in marketing places. In 2007, I helped to launch the nationally-recognized Trail Town Program® and later managed that program. I led two Great Allegheny Passage economic impact studies, an annual trail count program, the program’s marketing efforts, and a number of on-the-ground improvement projects. All the while, I kept seeking out opportunities to coach and mentor interns, seasonal employees, and trail-serving businesses.
It was in 2012 while working with a mentoring agency that I was introduced to the field of coaching (you know, like “life coach”). Ever since, I’ve been on two parallel paths—establishing a coaching practice and consulting communities on how to capitalize on trail tourism and recreation. Cycle Forward bridges my interests in helping both people and the communities they inhabit to evolve. Simply put, I view it as “forward motion through trails and cycling.”
-Amy Camp, Owner, Cycle Forward
Amy is a graduate of St. Vincent College (B.A., English) and The University of Pittsburgh (M.P.A., Urban Studies/Affairs). She created the popular South Side Soup Contest while Manager of Marketing & Communications for the South Side Local Development Company, helped launch The Progress Fund’s Trail Town Program along the Great Allegheny Passage bike trail, and is the founder of Bike to Feed Families, Pittsburgh’s first food drive by bike. She started consulting in 2012, and was certified as a Professional Coach via Duquesne University in 2014. She leads nature-based coaching sessions on bike and hike trails.