Alamedan Pedals Across the Nation

Courtesy photo  Emily Lovell lifted both her bike and her Alameda Sun high in celebration after riding more than 4,000 miles across the country.

Alamedan Pedals Across the Nation


Alameda native Emily Lovell arrived at Half Moon Bay on Aug. 14 after biking 4,031 miles from Connecticut with Bike & Build, raising funds and working for affordable housing along the way. In her moment of celebration upon completing the ride, she didn’t forget to raise her Alameda Sun high in the air along with her bicycle (above). 

Lovell was born and raised in Alameda. She grew up in the Fernside area. She attended Edison Elementary and Lincoln Middle School before graduating from Alameda High School in 2012. Lovell recently graduated from American University in Washington D.C. 

Lovell was inspired to complete this mission by her family, especially her grandfather Fred, an avid biker and runner, who took part in marathons well into his 70s. Lovell joined Bike & Build after learning about it from a friend.

Bike & Build benefits affordable housing and empowers young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement through service-oriented cycling trips. 

Lovell is passionate about cities providing affordable housing to its residents. Part of the mission for her cross country ride was to raise money for Bike & Build’s affordable housing partners. She raised $4,750, $250 more than her $4,500 goal. 

To view Lovell’s Bike & Build profile, visit