Bike Durham's Board of Directors consist of 7 - 9 volunteers from the community serving two year terms. At the beginning of each year, Bike Durham holds an election to fill available board seats. We are sad to see our current Board members Anne, Alicia, Sarah and Smythe leave, but are excited about the incoming candidates. There are 5 seats open for election. Below are the 2018 candidates.
All current Bike Durham members will be able to vote for the candidates of their choice. We will be electing candidates at our next open meeting, Monday February 26 at 6:30 pm at Durty Bull Brewing Company.
Tyler organizes multiple group rides in town, including the Pony Ride, and more recently has volunteered with us to organize and lead our Kidical Mass events. He is also a volunteer mechanic at the Durham Bike Co-op. Here's what Tyler says on why he wants to join the Bike Durham Board:
I will do my best to help by applying my skills in organizing, facilitating and collaborating in order to help make cycling better in Durham. I hope to continue to be available as a resource for group rides, safety briefings and as an advocate for Bike Durham in and among our community.
Tom is seeking reelection this year after being on the board for 4 months to fill a vacancy. During this brief period, Tom has already demonstrated a passion and commitment to Bike Durham, especially through his role on the advocacy committee and support on our internal data management. He is currently working on streamlining our website and laying the foundation of our future advocacy efforts by building relationships with city partners. Here's what Tom says on why he wants to continue his work on the Bike Durham Board:
I ride my bike daily in downtown Durham and see a lot of potential for Durham to become a world class bicyclist and pedestrian friendly city. Now that the city has written a Bike+Walk Implementation Plan and is about to release a five-year Vision Zero action plan, the climate in Durham is ripe for complete streets activism and I want to help accelerate the cause. I spend a lot of my free time reading and thinking about urban design, city planning, and transportation. I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board in October and have been most active on the advocacy committee. Before moving to Durham, I spent a year and a half volunteering for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association as well as the Smart Growth Committee of the DC Chapter of the Sierra Club.
Jen has a long history of working as a bike advocate in Durham, most recently teaching the Safe Routes to School program in Durham schools, volunteering for the Durham Community Trail Watch, and serving as chair of the Education Committee of the Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advocacy Commission. Here's what Jen says on why she wants to join the Bike Durham Board:
Since leaving BPAC, I have been trying to decide how best to stay active and contributing in the bike community of Durham. I am very involved in student cycling education and trying to teach children that cycling can be a form of transportation, not just recreation. Bike Durham and the Durham Community Trail Watch share those values with me. In addition, I sense in my conversations with Bike Durham that they are willing to be advocates for bike safety for everyone - including those who have no choice but to bike and are on our streets in addition to those who bike recreationally and stay mostly on our trails. I think that Bike Durham and I can help each other promote advocacy for bike safety, infrastructure and community (starting with share the road and say hello!)
Mike has been a regular attendee at Bike Durham's monthly open meetings as a concerned cyclist looking to help make Durham more bike friendly. He comes to us with great ideas and a passion for helping Bike Durham grow and engage it's volunteer base. Here's what Mike says on why he wants to join the Bike Durham Board:
I have recently retired from ManpowerGroup where I worked in sales and operations leadership roles for over 30 years. I have been an avid road cyclist for over 10 years. Since moving to Durham I’ve enjoyed riding the trails, city streets and country roads in and around Durham. I now have the time and am looking to get involved by volunteering with an organization that I believe in and can actively participate. I believe that Bike Durham is an organization with great people and a mission that I am totally aligned with. I also believe that using the organizational and management skills I’ve learned over many years will help Bike Durham grow in size and community outreach.