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Keynote Speakers

Van Jones, Political Activist, Commentator, Author and Attorney

Van Jones is a civil rights leader, former Obama White House advisor, and CNN political correspondent. He is the Founder and President of Dream Corps  an incubator, platform and home for world-changing initiatives that empower the most vulnerable in our society. The Dream Corps three programs, #cut50, #YesWeCode, and Green For All, work to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity.

A Yale-educated attorney, Mr. Jones has written two New York Times bestsellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives. Over the past two decades, he has founded four thriving social enterprises, advancing solutions to some of America’s toughest economic and environmental problems. In 2009, Mr. Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama White House. There, he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending


Brian Payne, President and CEO, Central Indiana Community Foundation

Brian Payne is President and CEO of the $725 million Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) and The Indianapolis Foundation. Since he joined CICF in November 2000, the Foundation’s annual grantmaking has doubled to almost $50 million. The Foundation has a major focus on developing, attracting and retaining highly educated, creative, entrepreneurial and community minded people. Mr. Payne is the Founder/Leader of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail:  A Legacy of Gene & Marilyn Glick, a $63 million dollar, eight-mile, beautifully designed and landscaped pedestrian and bicycle pathway that connects every significant arts, cultural, heritage, sports and entertainment venue in Indianapolis' dynamic downtown. It was created by taking a lane of traffic away from cars and dedicating it to people on foot, bikes, Segways and wheelchairs.  The national consulting firm, Project for Public Spaces chose the Indianapolis Cultural Trail as the best North American example of a big, bold, transformative project that is changing the way we think of cities and city life.  


Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation

Seleta Reynolds is General Manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) appointed by the Administration of Mayor Eric Garcetti. Ms. Reynolds is responsible for implementing Great Streets for Los Angeles, a plan to reduce traffic fatalities, double the number of people riding bikes, and expand access to integrated transportation choices for Angelinos and the region. Ms. Reynolds has over 18 years of transportation experience throughout the United States. She has advised transportation technology companies like WalkScore, contributed to the state-of-the-practice as a Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals Board Member, mentored young professionals through Women’s Transportation Seminar, and nurtured research on Transportation Research Board committees. Ms. Reynolds serves as the President of the National Association for City Transportation Officials.


John Burke, President, Trek Bicycle Company

John Burke began working at Trek Bicycle in 1984 and has been president of the company since 1997. In addition to leading Trek, Mr. Burke served as chairman of President George W. Bush’s President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports and is a founding member of PeopleForBikes. Mr. Burke is an avid cyclist, runner, and a published author. His most recent book, 12 Simple Solutions to Save America, was released in June of 2016. John and his wife, Tania, live in Madison, Wisconsin.



Michael Andersen; PlacesForBikes Staff Writer; PeopleForBikes


Michael may be the only person to have ever simultaneously been a member of the Online News Association and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. He covers the spread of low-stress biking networks in a reported blog on PeopleForBikes.org. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he also served three years as news editor of BikePortland.org. You can follow his reporting at @PlacesForBikes on Facebook and Twitter.


Mayor Tom Barrett; Mayor; Milwaukee

Mayor Barrett is making neighborhoods safer by boosting public safety services, targeting gangs and illegal guns, forging partnerships with neighborhood organizations, and strengthening the City’s economy by creating family-supporting jobs and provide assistance to entrepreneurs. Mayor Barrett has enacted his vision for a more sustainable Milwaukee by establishing the Environmental Collaboration Office, which promotes cost-effective sustainability practices that meet Milwaukee’s environmental, economic and social needs while enhancing economic growth. The Mayor is also recognized as a national leader on stormwater mitigation, sustainable manufacturing, and urban agriculture. Mayor Barrett was a member of both the Wisconsin State Assembly and Senate and served five terms in the U.S. Congress.



Mike Basarich; Manager of Cycling Infrastructure; Saris Cycling Group

Mike uses bikes to mark key moments in his life: his youth (his first new bike, a black Trek 820), his college years (a 10-speed road bike), his time as a legislative aid in Washington DC without a car (a used Peugeot), several years working with the National Park Service (a mountain bike), and his return home to Wisconsin in 2008 (a triathlon bike). Now with a garage full of bikes, Mike is dedicated to ensuring safe, accessible places to ride through his role as a category manager in the Cycling Infrastructure division at Saris. In addition to managing new product development and governmental affairs, he consults with cities and communities across the globe to help them become more bicycle-friendly. Because Saris believes that a better world has more bikes.


Andy Bemis; Lead Planner, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program; City of Tucson Department of Transportation

Andy is co-author of Tucson’s Bicycle Boulevard Master Plan and is responsible for overseeing the planning, design, implementation, and evaluation of the bicycle boulevard network in Tucson. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a focus in urban sustainability policy and planning from the University of Arizona.


Jennifer Boldry, Ph.D.; Director of Research; PeopleForBikes

At PeopleForBikes, Jennifer connects the dots between great places to ride and ridership of all kinds. She aggregates and synthesizes secondary research and directs the primary research program. Jennifer’s background is in statistical modeling with a focus on non-independent data. Jennifer has extensive experience applying her methodological expertise to help outdoor, bike, run, and snow sports companies grow their businesses and industries. She has directed research at National Analysts Worldwide, Leisure Trends Group, and most recently as President of Breakaway Research Group; and as Assistant Professor, taught courses at Montana State University. Jennifer holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University, where she was trained in experimental social psychology.


Councilman Albus Brooks; President; Denver City Council District 9

Councilman Brooks was elected to his first term on Denver’s City Council in 2011. He campaigned under the motto, “Connecting Diverse Communities,” a rallying cry that spoke to the values of the community and helped him defeat his 38 challengers. He began his first term as President of City Council in 2016. Councilman Brooks has had an incredible impact on his community, including helping to create the first affordable housing sustainable fund for $150 million and universal early childhood education for all 4-year-olds. Currently he is seeking to create sustainable funding for transportation mobility solutions. Before his time in the political arena, he served as the Director of the Issachar Center for Urban Leadership, an organization that invests in emerging leaders throughout Denver.


Charles Brown, MPA; Senior Researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center & Adjunct Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy; Rutgers University

Charles has 15 years of public and private sector experience in transportation planning, policy, and research, and extensive experience in community development across three states: Mississippi, Florida and New Jersey. He is considered a national thought leader and a leading voice in bike equity, environmental justice, open streets, and complete streets policy adoption and implementation. His current research focuses on the impact of crime on walking frequency and propensity as well as removing barriers to bicycling for blacks, Latinos, and women of color. He is an instructor of an advanced course on environmental justice for the National Transit Institute, and a member of course faculty for the Walkability Action Institute hosted by the CDC and NACDD. His work has been featured by or quoted in the New York Times, NPR, Streetsblog Los Angeles and Chicago, CityLab, and various other national and local media outlets.


Bob Burns; President, BCycle; Vice President and General Counsel, Trek Bicycle Corporation

Burns is President of BCycle and oversees all aspects of the company. He leads a movement to revolutionize transportation, improve health, and get more people out of cars and on bikes. Bob is also a Vice President and General Counsel at Trek and dedicated to BCycle by Trek. He is a 20+ year employee of Trek, a bicycle industry veteran and recipient of the 2009 BPSA Brainy Award for distinguished service to bicycle advocacy.


Jenn Dice; VP Business Network and Government Relations; PeopleForBikes

Jenn’s team works with governments at the federal, state and local level to make bicycling better for everyone. The Business Network represents the bike industry by leading with the voice of business – economic development, job creation, and improving communities and health through bicycling. Business Network programs include public policy, congressional development, Washington, D.C. executive fly-ins, industry leadership gatherings, and bike entrepreneur meetups.
In 2011, Jenn was recognized by Outside Magazine’s “power list” of the top 25 people that influence the world outside for her time working for the International Mountain Bicycling Association and was inducted into the Mountain Bike Hall of Fame in 2014. She has worked for the South Dakota, Kansas and Colorado state legislatures. Jenn is an avid endurance mountain biker who has completed the Leadville Trail 100 14 times and was the first woman to hike up, and mountain bike down Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Laura Dierenfield; Division Manager, Active Transportation and Street Design Division; City of Austin

Ms. Dierenfield's focus is on improving mobility for everyone in Austin by providing safer and more comfortable options for bicycling, walking and access to transit. She brings 15 years of experience in transportation planning, public policy and community-based non-profit organizational leadership. Her team delivers quick build multimodal street design on the order of 30-40 projects per year. Recent successes in the past year include completion of over 68 safer pedestrian crossings and 30+ more miles of the city’s bicycle network. Ms. Dierenfield’s team has also ushered in dozens of new community-based events and classes that educate and encourage the use of active modes such as weekly walking programs, learn to ride classes and transit training in partnership with Capital Metro, the City’s independently operating transit agency. The Division focuses on delivering a combination of active transportation infrastructure improvements and with encouragement and education intended to contribute to a virtuous mobility cycle that facilitates a shift of single-occupant motor vehicle trips to waking, bicycling, transit and shared car, resulting in a more capacity for moving people and goods safely and reliably in a growing and thriving city like Austin.


Jennifer Dill, PhD; Professor, Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning, Director, Transportation Research and Education Center; Portland State University

Dr. Jennifer Dill is a professor in the Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and Director of the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC). Dr. Dill’s research focuses on the relationships between transportation, land use, health, and the environment, with a focus on bicycling and walking. Prior to entering academia, Dr. Dill worked as an environmental and transportation planner in California. Dr. Dill has a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from UC Berkeley, an MA in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a BS in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning from UC Davis.


Michael Fishman; Co-founder and President; Pure Cycles

Michael started Pure Cycles with his two childhood best friends while in college at UW-Madison after noticing that students had old, used bikes or new $600+ plain, boring bikes. They set out to make stylish $300 bikes that college students could easily maintain and ride around campus. Their mission quickly became to get more college students on bikes. Six years later, after expanding the product line, the mission is now to get more people on bikes by creating affordable and beautiful products, giving the best customer service, and getting involved with the local bicycle community and national advocacy groups to make sure that biking is safe and a part of every city’s future plans. Michael and his partners were named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2014.

Kate Fillin-Yeh; Director of Strategy; National Association of City Transportation Officials

Kate Fillin-Yeh is Director of Strategy at NACTO, working on bike share, safety, and other policy issues. Kate has over a decade of experience in transportation policy and implementation. Prior to NACTO she worked at the New York City Departments of Transportation and of City Planning where she designed and implemented Citi Bike, the nation’s largest and most heavily used bike share program. Also at NYCDOT, Kate was a lead author of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero Action Plan. Recent NACTO publications include “Equitable Bike Share Means Building Better Places for People to Ride,” the NACTO Bike Share Station Siting Guide, and the Next City op-ed, “How We’ll Know When We’re Getting Bike Equity Right.”


Nat Gale; Director of Vision Zero; Los Angeles Department of Transportation 

As the Director for Vision Zero, Nat coordinates LADOT's involvement in the citywide campaign to eliminate traffic deaths by 2025. Nat's team focuses on policy, programs, and design that that prioritizes the safety of the most vulnerable users on our streets. Previously, he worked in Mayor Eric Garcetti's administration leading the Great Streets Initiative, a place-based community development program aimed at improving quality of life, health, and safety for Los Angeles neighborhoods. He is an avid urbanist, dedicated transit-user, and a proud pedestrian. Nat has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in Civil Engineering and a dual Master’s degree from USC in Urban Planning and Public Administration. He previously worked as a transportation planner in NYC, a geotechnical engineer in Portland, OR, and an environmental engineer in LA.

Spencer Gardner; Project Planner; Toole Design Group 

Spencer Gardner is a data and analysis expert at Toole Design Group with experience creating multimodal transportation plans. He has developed GIS tools that use the Level of Traffic Stress (LTS) framework to assess the quality of bicycle accommodations and identify locations in need of improvement. He also has experience using LTS ratings and network analysis techniques to highlight connections and gaps in a city's transportation network. He has presented his work on spatial databases, LTS analysis, and network evaluation at several conferences, most recently the 2017 National Conference of the American Planning Association.

Tessa Greegor; FC Bikes Program Manager; City of Fort Collins

Tessa works for the City of Fort Collins as the FC Bikes Program Manager. In this position, she has managed the development and implementation of the City’s Bicycle Master Plan, which established a Vision Zero and 20% bicycle ridership goal, while helping to launch new initiatives like Open Streets, Bike Share, a low-stress bicycle network, protected bike lane pilot program, and most recently the Big Jump Project. FC Bikes is a comprehensive bike program, which focuses on making bicycling safer and more comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. The program includes bicycle education, encouragement, project planning and design, evaluation, and enforcement initiatives. She holds a Masters of Urban Planning and Design from the University of Washington.

Ronnie Harris; Visionary Lead; Sacred Roots

Based in Chicago, Ronnie is an experienced speaker, counselor, and social entrepreneur. He has an uncanny knack for connecting people, places and things. As an experienced urban mission strategist, he’s devoted his life to seeing people flourish within the context of global cities. He’s the founding member of Sacred Roots, a community learning and development enterprise seeking to provide progressive alternatives of hope for those marginalized by historic, socio-economic barriers by creating innovative paths toward sustainable, equitable development through strategic partnerships. He is presently studying at University of Aberdeen; exploring the socio-economic intersections between race, religion, and culture in urban cities around the world. Recent projects have included, but are not limited to, the following: www.iamcampaign.com, www.gobronzeville.org, and www.transitfuture.com

Aaron Hautala; President; Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew

Aaron Hautala is the volunteer president of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew (CREW), a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). Through the past five years Aaron has helped guide Cuyuna in becoming an international destination and a purpose-built community anchored on quality-of-life investments aimed to recruit and retain the 21st century workforce and business entrepreneurs. During the past 5 years, Aaron and the CREW/IMBA have successfully advocated and fundraised over $5 million dollars for trail expansion and infrastructure development in Cuyuna. When not volunteering Aaron owns an advertising agency and enjoys every with his wife Beth and their four fully energetic children.

Keith Holt; Community Education Manager; Bike Easy (New Orleans)

Keith came to Bike Easy with over a decade of experience in bicycle education and advocacy, having worked in Chicago and Milwaukee, and has a finger on the pulse of national and local direction. He was awarded the Advocate of the Year in 2015 from the Alliance for Walking and Biking, and he has been recognized for leading the biking and walking movement to incorporate diversity and equity into its work. As Community Education Manager, Keith focuses on Bike Easy’s Safe Routes to School program; community bicycle education programming including bike rides, workshops, and training; and leadership development initiatives.

T.J. Juskiewicz; Director; RAGBRAI®  

T.J. Juskiewicz is the director of the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa-RAGBRAI™, the oldest, longest and largest recreational bicycle tour in the world. T.J. brings more than 20 years of athletic event experience and a love of cycling. Prior to RAGBRAI, he served as director of Florida’s cross-state ride, Bike Florida, and has been involved with the event since its inaugural ride in 1992. Juskiewicz was also one of the coordinators of Bike South 2000, a 2,000-mile, 30-day, bicycle tour of six southern states.
Prior to his work in the cycling industry, Juskiewicz served as director of Florida’s Sunshine State Games, and worked in the marketing department of the University of Florida athletic department at the Olympic Games in Atlanta. He is currently the National President of the Bicycle Tour Network, advisory board member of the Iowa Bicycle Coalition, a board member of the Iowa Sports Foundation and former National President of National Association of Governor’s Councils on Physical Fitness & Sports.

Scott Kasin; Electronic Products Manager; Trek Bicycle Corporation

Scott is responsible for Trek Bicycle’s electric accessory products and integration, and began working at the bicycle company in 2014. In addition to acting as Trek’s Electronic product and integration manager, Scott’s team leads Trek’s rider safety product development efforts and education. A former competitive cyclist, entrepreneur, and father of two from Colorado, Kasin can be found riding bikes or skiing with his children whenever he is not working to make cycling safer for all riders. Scott and his family currently reside in Waunakee, Wisconsin.

Amelia Kegel; Owner; Wheel and Sprocket (Milwaukee, WI)

Amelia Kegel was born into the bike business as one of four children of Chris Kegel of Wheel & Sprocket. From helping out at bike events to a riding across the country, Amelia enjoys sharing her passion for cycling and continuing the Wheel and Sprocket legacy to make the world a better place for bikes.

Jessica Klodnicki; General Manager of the Outdoor Recreation Division; Vista Outdoor

Jessica Klodnicki is the General Manager of the Outdoor Recreation Division of Vista Outdoor – a collection of outdoor brands including CamelBak. Previously she was the General Manager of a cycling accessory portfolio that included Bell Helmets and Blackburn Accessories. While living in Santa Cruz, CA she founded a grassroots women’s mountain bike group called Girls Rock. The success of that local group led her team at Bell Helmets to launch similar program on a wider scale program called Bell Joy Ride, which is now in 12 cities in North America. She also serves the cycling industry as a board member of PeopleForBikes and Camber Outdoors.

Eric Lynn; Founder and CEO; blackriver

Eric is a bicycle industry veteran, having held positions as Designer, Art Director and Global Creative Director at Trek Bicycle over a period of nearly 20 years. He recently started his own digital cycling brand called blackriver.cc with a mission to be the place where cyclists find, create and share every great ride experience in the world. He believes that cycling is a powerful way for people to discover adventure, re-imagine our transportation networks at a human scale and deliver a better world to future generations

Aylene McCallum; Director, Downtown Environment; Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.

Aylene plays a lead role in advocating policies and initiatives that improve access to/from/around Downtown Denver, especially for transit, bicycles and pedestrians, and develops programs that incentivize individuals to use sustainable modes of transportation. She oversees the Partnership’s research program, including major reports such as the State of Downtown Denver, as well as the collection and management of other important data concerning to Downtown Denver. She also manages the Partnership’s Urban Exploration program and the Transportation and Development Council. Aylene is a co-chair of the Mayor's Parking Commission and also sits on the Mayor's Bicycle Advisory Committee. 


Mike McGarry; Wisconsin High School Cycling League Coach Supporter; NICA

Mike McGarry is a NICA Wisconsin High School Cycling League Coach Supporter, team director/head coach of the Madison West High School Mountain Bike Team, and a special education teacher at Madison West High School. He spent three years after college as a bike messenger in Chicago before returning to grad school to earn his teaching degree. This is Mike's fourth year as the head coach of the Madison West HS MTB team.

Randy Neufeld; Director; SRAM Cycling Fund

Randy started his career as a cycling advocate in Chicago at the Active Transportation Alliance, formally known as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation. He began as executive director in 1987, and then served as Chief Strategy Officer from 2004 through 2009. During over 20 years of NGO leadership in Chicago, he gained experience in all aspects of cycling promotion including planning, mapping, safety, marketing, design, policy, lobbying and funding. With the support of SRAM, Randy continues as a leader in cycling advocacy in Chicago, nationally, and internationally; with involvement in America Bikes, the National Complete Streets Coalition, the Alliance for Biking and Walking, the National Partnership for Safe Routes to School, and Chicago bike/ped groups.


Nicholas Oyler; Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager; City of Memphis

Passionate about cities in general and his hometown of Memphis in particular, Nicholas left home for a number of years in search of lessons on the topic of great cities. This pursuit of knowledge and experience rewarded him with a Master of Urban Planning degree as well as four years of life and employment in Germany, including one year as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow engaged in advancing sustainable transportation. Having returned home, he assumed the role of Bikeway and Pedestrian Program Manager with the City of Memphis in 2016, and with it the responsibility of improving the local conditions for walking and bicycling. 


Hannah Parish; Director, Urban Mobility Solutions; General Motors

Hannah is a 15 year General Manager and Marketing veteran, specializing in holistically thinking about consumer needs and journeys. Her background spans a unique mix of industries, with experience at industry-leading businesses like Nature Valley, Voltaren, Smucker’s, Specialized and Cannondale. Hannah’s true passion is cycling and gives her time to support Canadian athletes. Among her volunteer efforts, Hannah is a member of the Board of Directors of Cycling Canada and the Ontario Cycling Association. Hannah has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business and a BA from McGill. 

Veronica Perry McBeth; Transit Bureau Chief; Baltimore City Department of Transportation

Veronica oversees the Transit Bureau which encompasses Community Liaisons, iRide Program/Marketing, Transit & Marine Services (Charm City Circulator/Harbor Connector), Dockmaster’s Office, Bicycle Planning & Infrastructure, and Bike Share. Accomplishments at BCDOT includes movement on several stalled projects, including updating the Baltimore City Bicycle Master Plan, awarding the contract and construction for the Downtown Bicycle Network, West Baltimore Bike Boulevard, receiving Bike Friendly City (bronze status), launching Baltimore Bike Share, awarding nine Maryland Bikeways Grants, becoming a Big Jump City, modifying the Charm City Circulator, re-establishing the Mayor’s Bicycle Advisory Commission, and slew of other ongoing projects.

Mayor Betsy Price; Mayor; Fort Worth, Texas

Betsy Price, a Fort Worth native, took office the 44th Mayor of Fort Worth June 18, 2011. She is currently serving her third term as the city’s top elected official. Throughout her tenure, Mayor Price has been focused on fiscal responsibility, creating a stronger economy through public/private partnerships, and strengthening our neighborhoods through her faith-based and citywide health engagement initiatives. Mayor Price graduated from Arlington Heights High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. Since then, she has been a leader in the Fort Worth community serving on numerous boards, commissions and professional associations. Her roles as a businesswoman and community activist garnered her a reputation as an innovator with strong leadership in solving some of the most pressing issues in one of Texas’ fastest-growing cities. Prior to her life in public service, Mayor Price was owner of Price Cornelius Title Service before becoming the Tarrant County Tax Assessor. She has been married Tom, an insurance agent for more than 40 years and has three children, Kathryn, Phillip and Paul. In her spare time, Mayor Price is an avid cyclist and has shared her passion with her community bike rides throughout Fort Worth neighborhoods. She also enjoys spending quality time with her beloved grandchildren.

Pegah Rahmanian; Executive Director; Youth in Action (Providence, RI)

Pegah Rahmanian has over 10 years of experience developing programs for organizations and institutions, showing a great attention to human relationship, and building community partnerships. Originally from Yellow Springs, Ohio her work and heart have taken her to Chicago, New Orleans, Oakland, and now Providence. While making her way across the country, she has had the opportunity to develop and grow a youth-led HIV Prevention Program, instituted citywide and institution wide programming on gender, race, class, and sexuality; guided youth steering committees to design community schools, pioneered digital media arts programs, and has taken over 300 urban youth outdoors, backpacking and camping. Pegah loves working with youth, it’s work that keeps her inspired, creative, and always laughing. She believes an organization that puts youth in front with the skills to succeed is an organization that succeeds and is incredibly proud and honored to be in the position of Executive Director of Youth In Action. Pegah holds a B.A. from Oberlin College in Anthropology, Comparative American Studies, and Gender and Women Studies; and a M.A. from Wright State University in Sociology.

Paxton Roberts; Chief Bicycle Officer; BikeNWA (Bentonville, AR)

Paxton Roberts is the CBO (Chief Bicycle Officer) of the nonprofit BikeNWA, the Bike Alliance of Northwest Arkansas. BikeNWA is the lead advocate and go-to resource for biking working with individuals, bike-related nonprofits, philanthropic foundations, and businesses to continue transforming NWA into a world class destination for biking whether to live, work, or play. BikeNWA has partnered on projects to create a regional map and smartphone application to navigate all trails (paved and MTB), install bike racks in downtown areas, studied safe routes to school, and most recently helped launch three tactical urbanism pilot projects in Bella Vista, Bentonville, and Rogers.

Martha Roskowski; Vice President of Local Innovation; PeopleForBikes

Martha has been with PeopleForBikes since 2012, first managing the Green Lane Project, a campaign to get better bike lanes on the ground in US cities, then PlacesForBikes. Until the end of 2011, Martha managed GO Boulder, the City of Boulder's innovative effort to make it easy to get around town by bus, foot or bike; handling planning, policy and programs for the city's transportation division. From 2002 into 2004 Martha worked in Washington D.C., as the Campaign Manager for America Bikes, focusing on reauthorizing the federal transportation bill and developing the federal Safe Routes to School program, directing over $800 million to local projects and resources. From 1995 through 2002, Martha worked with Bicycle Colorado and grew the fledgling organization into an effective and respected statewide coalition.


Rebecca Sanders; Head of Research; Toole Design Group

Rebecca focuses on perceived and actual safety and mobility for bicyclists and pedestrians. Her current work includes helping Vision Zero cities such as Seattle, Denver, Portland, and Boston understand and address pedestrian, bicycle, and motorist safety. She is also leading several projects to analyze perceived and actual safety for pedestrians and bicyclists at intersections, along sidepaths, and on protected bicycle lane corridors. Prior to working at TDG, Dr. Sanders worked for UC Berkeley’s Safe Transportation Research and Education Center for seven years, where she conducted a multi-year analysis of California crash data and developed performance measures for pedestrian and bicyclist safety and mobility for Caltrans. She is well known for her research exploring drivers’ attitudes and behaviors toward bicyclists, particularly with regard to infrastructure, and to examine how near miss experiences affect bicyclists’ perceptions of safety. Dr. Sanders serves on Transportation Research Board's (TRB) Bicycle Transportation Committee and co-chairs TRB’s Bicycle Research Subcommittee, and she is a member of ITE's Vision Zero Technical Working Group.

Lane Santa Cruz; Coordinator; Living Streets Alliance

Lane Santa Cruz is second generation Chicanx/Indigena born and raised in the south side of Tucson, AZ. She is passionate about doing community work grounded in her auto-historia, Indigenous/popular education, worker cooperatives and bicycle civics literacies. She has twelve years of experience as a community educator/organizer through nonprofits and grassroots community organizations working on sexual/gender violence, food justice, migrant rights, community bicycle mechanics, and ethnic studies. Lane also spent time working as a council aide for the City of Tucson where she had the opportunity to work with neighborhood residents and community groups to help them navigate city, county, and state bureaucracies. In 2016, she received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona focusing on deschooling as decolonizing education practice for Latino/Native children. In addition to her commitment to community empowerment, she is an active member of The Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona, the Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee, and BICAS--a local non-profit that provides affordable bicycles, mechanics, and education to the greater Tucson community.

Mayor Wade O. Troxell, Ph.D.; Mayor; Fort Collins, Colorado

Wade O. Troxell was elected in April 2015 and re-elected in April 2017 for his second term as mayor. Wade is on the faculty and was the Associate Department Head, Mechanical Engineering, at Colorado State University. Mayor Troxell serves on numerous regional leadership boards and committees, and previous to serving as mayor, he was twice elected to the Fort Collins City Council representing District 4. Dr. Troxell received his BS, MS and Ph.D. degrees in engineering from CSU. He was a NATO Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. He has been on the faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Colorado State University since1985.


Ethany Uttech; Partnership Manager; ioby

Ethany manages organizational partnerships across the country that help connect ioby's fundraising support services to local needs and priorities. She presents widely on the how-to's of crowdfunding, and believes crowdfunding is a powerful tool to promote resident engagement and leadership in civic life.

Drusilla van Hengel, Ph.D.; Principal; Nelson Nygaard

Dru has more than 20 years of academic and practical transportation planning and operations experience. She focuses on bicycle and pedestrian master planning and capital project development, project evaluation, healthy communities, and safe routes to schools and parks. Her academic background and public sector work in land development, traffic operations, and community planning provides a unique perspective and rich depth of experience that has benefited communities across the country as they decide how to take their next move toward making walking and bicycling viable options for people of all ages and abilities.


Kyle Wagenschutz; Director of Local Innovation; PeopleForBikes

Kyle is leading a three-year initiative called The Big Jump Project to expedite the planning and development of comfortable bicycling networks with a goal of doubling or tripling bicycle rates in 10 U.S. communities by 2020. Hired in 2010 as the first Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager for the City of Memphis, Tennessee, Kyle’s job was to establish Memphis as a national leader and innovator on applying bicycle and pedestrian programs. In 2013, the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals awarded Kyle with its Young Professional of the Year Award for exceptional accomplishments in the field of walking and biking. In 2015, Kyle was named a Champion of Change at a ceremony at the White House for his work in Memphis.


Mayor A C Wharton; Attorney, Principal of The A C Wharton Group, former Mayor of Shelby County and the City of Memphis; Memphis, TN

A C Wharton, Jr., is the Principal Lead in The A C Wharton Group, a consultant firm providing strategic counseling to businesses, governments, not-for-profits, and philanthropic organizations. He most recently served as mayor of the City of Memphis, and prior, as mayor of Shelby County, TN. Wharton also taught law at the University of Mississippi for 25 years. Among his many accomplishments at the City and County, Mayor Wharton undertook a number of "green" initiatives, notably the nationally renowned Shelby Farms Park, the Shelby Farms Greenline Trail, and leading the construction of hundreds of miles of trails and bike lanes during his tenure. The city also developed a Complete Streets delivery manual, became a “Green Lane” city known for building protected bike lanes, and in 2012 was named the “Most Improved City for Bicycling” in the US by Bicycling Magazine. Attorney Wharton, is a graduate of Tennessee State University and the University of Mississippi Law School.


Nathan Wilkes; Senior Active Transportation Designer; City of Austin

Nathan is responsible for the planning, design and implementation of active transportation facilities in Austin, Texas and works in the Austin Transportation Department in the Active Transportation Program. Over the past nine years with the City, he has helped Austin become a national leader in innovative planning, street design and bicycle network buildout with a focus on all ages and abilities. He has also helped build one of the most sustained and large scale street retrofit programs in the nation and improve bicycling barriers, integrated on- and off-street networks. He has been an active contributor in moving forward national best practice through a number of efforts including the NACTO Cities for Cycling Initiative and the PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project.

Andy Williamson; Director of Program Development; International Mountain Bicycling Association

Andy’s business card says Director of Programs however he serves many roles - a catalyst, a salesman, a mentor, a lobbyist, a project manager, board member, outdoor adventurer, a strategic planner, and visionary. At IMBA he leads the organization’s mission-focused programs designed to protect, create, and enhance great places to ride mountain bikes. Whether it was leading trips across the country for a university outdoor program, managing a park district outdoor recreation program, or as a dedicated volunteer and advocate he has spent his career working to educate and inspire people to get out and live and has been invested in insuring everyone has a place to find their own adventure.


Ted Wright; Director of the Bicycle Program; NYC Department of Transportation

Ted manages the largest bike network in the United States (over 1,100 miles) in New York City. He has worked for 20 years in both the public and private sectors on long-range, open space and strategic planning, and was lured back to New York City eight years ago to manage the implementation of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. He now manages a multi-disciplinary staff that prides itself on developing creative visionary projects, leading to a record number of lane miles (over 50 miles in 2016) and more protected bike lanes than even before (over 18 miles in 2016). Ted has worked on bike projects since 1997 and has watched bikes become a permanent fixture in New York’s streetscape; he knows that more infrastructure will only lead to more ridership.


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