Transitioning from Service Member to Full-Timer

Read about Dane’s seized opportunities in the alternative transportation realm:

Coming down the home stretch of my 11-month, it’s hard to believe it’s already time say goodbye to Energy Corps. The list of goals I made for myself at the beginning of my service term last October, which hangs in my cubical, is almost entirely checked off. I feel that I have accomplished a lot but when I look at the constant flow of car traffic down the streets of my town I know that there is limitless potential for bicycle outreach here and across the country.  That’s why I’m so excited for the opportunity to continue my role as Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Fayetteville under a new contract through the Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks, a local non-profit. This 17-month contract is still in the approval process; and while it’s not a done deal but barring any unforeseen complications this contract will allow me to continue serving my community and championing alternative transportation for a living.  When I moved to Fayetteville from the San Francisco Bay Area I knew that the chances of finding a job working to promote alternative transportation were slim to none. The type of job I wanted simply didn’t exist in Fayetteville. I’m very thankful to Energy Corps and the City of Fayetteville for creating this position and I feel extremely fortunate that I was in the right place at the right time to land the gig.

DaneDane Eifling graduated from Fayetteville High School in 2003, served in the U.S. Navy from 2004-2009 and graduated from San Francisco State in 2012 with a BA in Geography with emphasis in planning and transportation. Dane champions the benefits of alternative transportation with a special emphasis on cycling. As Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator for the City of Fayetteville, Dane is developing and implementing education, outreach and planning solutions to enhance bicycle use and pedestrian experience in Fayetteville.

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