Hi! I’m Amy, owner of Cycle Forward.

As wonderful as bikes may be, Cycle Forward is not about bicycles. The backstory is that my earliest work in trail communities (a.k.a., “trail towns”) occurred along the Great Allegheny Passage, a rail-trail used primarily by cyclists. When the time was right for me to start my business, I wanted to help trail communities achieve forward progress. The name Cycle Forward made sense in more ways than one.

But it’s never been about bikes. My passion has always been centered on helping communities and individuals to thrive. I help clients cultivate a “culture of trails” and better connect to trails and the natural world.

I’ve got to admit, it’s my dream job! Learn more about how we can improve communities and fuel passions together by viewing my other pages.

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Keynotes and Plenary Sessions

  • Ohio Trail Connections Summit
  • Gathering for Growth! Symposium, Central Counties Tourism, Ontario
  • Women’s Business Network (“Nature’s Rx for Healthier, Happier Business Owners”)
  • Ontario Cycle Tourism Conference
  • New Mexico Outdoor Economics Conference (video)
  • Colorado Bicycle Summit
  • Kentucky Trail Town Summit
  • Northeast Pennsylvania Trails Symposium
  • Indiana Trail Towns Workshop Series
  • Atlantic Canada Destination Trails Workshop
  • Illinois Bike Summit
  • Miami Valley Cycling Summit
  • French Creek Valley Conservancy Annual Dinner

Professional Bio

Amy Camp, owner of Cycle Forward, is a trails and tourism consultant, a placemaker, and an ICF-certified professional coach. She helped to launch the nationally-recognized Trail Town Program® in 2007, and now consults communities on how they can rethink trails and tourism.

She has consulted and led workshops throughout Appalachia, the Rust Belt, and other locations in the U.S. and Canada. Her clients have included the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, Project for Public Spaces, UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve, Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society, Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and the Gros Morne Institute for Sustainable Tourism.

Amy is an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation and uses her coaching skills both in her consulting engagements and in facilitating nature-based retreats and workshops. She served on the Board of American Trails from 2012-17, acting as Board Secretary and Chair of the Hulet Hornbeck Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program. She served on the Board of ICF Pittsburgh from 2017-19. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she first grew to love communities and began her work to help improve them.

Experience

  • Master of Public Administration, University of Pittsburgh
  • Main Street management, East Carson Street National Historic District
  • Trail Town Program® implementation and management
  • Edge of the Wedge Experiential Travel Course (NL, Canada)
  • Land Ethic Leaders Program, The Aldo Leopold Foundation
  • Associate Certified Coach, International Coach Federation
  • Outdoor Leadership Training, Venture Outdoors
  • American Heart Association First Aid, CPR, and AED Certified