Marley is a Seattle-based bike adventurer who uses her platform to advocate for people of all sizes, genders, races, ages, income levels and abilities to be included in the cycling community. Marley's work as a plus-size activist fits hand-in-hand with Breezer's spirit of adventure, transportation, and innovation.
Breezer Bikes (BB): How did you end up in Seattle? Can we have a little insight into your background?
Marley Blonsky (MB): I grew up in Texas where I rode bikes as a kid. Then I moved to Seattle when I was an undergrad and attended University of Washington. Now, I work as a sustainability manager for a big logistics company. I have been riding bikes as an adult since I was 25 years old, so about 10 years now, and I do all sorts of biking like commuting, gravel, bike packing.
BB: How did you get into cycling as an adult?
MB: I got out of a relationship and moved to a crowded part of the city where it did not make sense to have a car. I wanted to get into cycling, so I started by bike commuting and wanted to get back into camping, so I started talking to some people who were into bike camping and learned how to do that and it all just kind of grew from there and became sort of an obsession.
BB: When you first started riding, how did you feel? Did you face any challenges?
MB: One of the biggest challenges was finding a bike that fit both as a short person and as a big person. Finding a strong enough bike that was small enough was a big challenge. Finding clothes that fit was a big challenge. Also just learning how to ride safely in the city and gaining confidence was really hard.
BB: What has drawn you to activism in the cycling industry? How do you hope to see change through your efforts?
MB: I think how approachable it is and how direct my impact can be. If I am advocating for a safer street, I know that I will directly benefit from that and so will my neighbors. I think there is also just so much opportunity and so much work to do that can really change all our lives for the better. I really am hopeful that brands will make clothing for larger sizes and larger people. I really hope we can get more people on bikes, so cities are safer for people and I really hope people start to see it as a reasonable transportation choice for them.
BB: What drew you to Breezer? What makes you excited to be an ambassador?
MB: I’m excited to be a Breezer ambassador because I really love the clean design of the bikes, I love the creativity and the history of the brand. There is just a lot of practicality built into it at a reasonable price point, there’s just a lot of smart stuff going on with the brand, I think.
BB: What do you enjoy outside of cycling?
MB: I love to hang out with my two senior rescue dogs [who you can follow on Instagram!], go camping, hang out with friends, listen to music, typical things for a 35-year-old.