Before serving on Bike Durham, Landis has been a part of several bicycle advocacy orgs, municipal mobility commissions, and a bicycle technology startup. At his day job, Landis is a research analyst at a transportation technology company, TransLoc, which works with transit agencies across the country to improve and innovate transportation services. Landis considers mobility the overlooked connection between housing and employment and is passionate about bringing mobility issues to the forefront of Durham's equity work.
James moved to Durham from San Francisco in late 2015 and wants to bring the bike-friendly culture of the west coast to Durham. He has commuted to work by bike for 11 years and sees the value of bicycling not only for recreation but also daily transportation. He sees bicycling as a way to transform a city into a vibrant, social, and healthy community and wants to help bring that vision to Durham.
Tyler has been on two wheels as long as he can remember and has always loved being outside. Cycling in every way shape and form motivates him to be proactive in learning about and loving where he is. With this in mind he enjoys teaching anything about bikes, from basics to more technical skills he is always game. Tyler sees biking as an opportunity to embrace a better pace around town and in life. It encourages people to see Durham and enjoy its rhythms. Be sure to ring your bell or give a wave to anyone on two wheels!
Esther joined Bike Durham as an events coordinator after volunteering for several events during Bike Month in the summer of 2017. She enjoys cycling for work commutes, cruiser rides, long road rides into Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, or single track on local trails. On the board, she hopes to bring people together for the common goal of promoting safer streets. Working closely with our communications, volunteer, and membership teams, she provides awesome events for the community. Esther has been living in Durham and working at Duke in health promotion and disease prevention since 2009. She has worked on research studies that help explain how diabetes is prevented with diet and exercise. Esther is a registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist, and is a program manager for Duke’s wellness program HealthyDuke.
Eileen grew up in the Triangle area and moved to Durham in July 2018. Since graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017, she has worked for the UNC Center for Community Capital and You Need A Budget. At both of these jobs, she developed her interest in exploring the factors that shape an individual's financial life and what can be done to make access to financial education, products, and services more equitable. Eileen found out about Bike Durham by googling "bike durham" on a whim, out of a desire to explore her new home via bike. Her coordinator skills come from extensive experience working as a camp counselor and as the co-chair for student-run nonprofit community garden. She is "all hands on deck" for events, and ensures volunteers feel welcome, appreciated, and informed about Bike Durham’s work. She wants everyone to feel like they have a place in the bike community, even if they don't wear spandex (not a dig at spandex!). A few of her favorite things: meeting new people, well-loved public spaces, and using emoji in emails.
Tom is a native New Yorker who grew up walking and riding transit to get around. He discovered bicycling as a form of transportation in 2013 and fell in love with the independence that it affords him and just how gosh darn fun it can be. Tom moved to Durham the night before the 2017 solar eclipse and after spending 18 hours in traffic to experience totality, he's ready to never step inside a car again. He believes that streets are a valuable public resource and should be distributed equitably to ensure safety and mobility for all of Durham's residents.
Jen learned to bike as an adult and has been in love with cycling ever since. She has commuted by bike on and off for 20+ years and almost exclusively the last eight years. Jen joined Bike Durham’s board after six years on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC) and five years with Durham Community Trail Watch. She is a member of the Bicycle Co-op and, with the help of these groups, organizes the volunteers for Bike and Walk to School Days and bike safety classes using the Let's Go, NC! curriculum. She’s retiring from her day job in a few years and will be moving away from Durham. In the interest of saving the environment, before she leaves Jen would like to see more people use transportation alternatives (like public transit, bikes and scooters) over driving single occupant cars. For the future, that also means kids need to be taught how to ride a bike!
Mike moved to Durham in 2015 to be closer to his grandchildren, semi-retire and pursue his hobby and passion for road cycling. He sees Durham as a growing, vibrant and diverse community which provides a wonderful opportunity for building a safer, more bike-centric culture that everyone can enjoy. As chair of the Membership Committee, he will work to support Bike Durham's goal of building the organization by getting more people informed, involved, and engaged in bike advocacy here in Durham.
Allison grew up riding bikes with her family on the trails around Philadelphia and on day-trips around the Lancaster County countryside. Once her family went on a multi-day bike tour in Canada for “vacation” - at age fourteen, carrying panniers, she complained the whole way. Allison commuted by bike through grad school and to work for many years in rural PA. Her relationship with cycling changed when her mom was hit and killed by an elderly driver while biking in 2016. Allison wants to use her experience in marketing and communications to build momentum for a connected bike lane network in Durham, so more people can go more places safely. Allison thinks cyclists cannot be too visible and she may be single-handedly keeping the reflective vest and bike light industries in business. If you see her, don’t hit her.