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About the Board

Dylan Ahearn
Dylan is an associate water quality scientist at Herrera, Inc. and Geology Instructor at Edmonds Community College, is a utilitarian cyclist who views bikes simply as a tool to increase our walksheds.  He joined the board to advocate for all ages active transportation and to advocate against the outdated concepts of urban vehicular cycling. Dylan is also on the boards of Seattle Neighborhood Greenways and Beacon BIKES and serves as a liaison between all of these groups. During the day Dylan enjoys riding bikes around Beacon Hill with his two children, at night he works to make it safer for them to do so.

Jeff Aken
Jeff is a Capitol Hill resident and bike commuter, recreational rider, advocate and sometimes racer.  Jeff the principal planner for Cascade Bicycle Club, where he works to create bike accommodations that are comfortable for all ages and abilities.  He believes that creating walkable and bikeable neighborhoods is the key to creating great communities.  Jeff wants to spend his time on the board advancing the notion that streets are for people, not just cars and work to share the joy that bicycling has brought him.

Jodi Connolly 
Jodi is a West Seattle resident and regular bike commuter to downtown.  She coordinates the "Getting there" transportation resource center for King County Residents with special needs.  Her combined interest in cycling, public transportation, and mobilizing people around the community has led to a desire to serve on the Bicycle Advisory Board.  She is interested in both infrastructure and education for safe behaviors and visibility of all roadway users.  She and her husband enjoy mountain bike and cyclocross

Clint Loper
Clint, Vice-Chair, lives in the Bryant neighborhood in NE Seattle, and works downtown and along King County's rivers as a water resources engineer. He and his wife and two school-age children are all everyday bikers, and Clint has commuted to downtown and many other Seattle destinations for over 20 years. He also has been working with other parents and community members to get more kids riding and walking to local schools, and to advocate for more bike and pedestrian-friendly streets. Clint believes Seattle needs a connected system of bike infrastructure so that anyone -- of any age or ability -- can bike from where they are to where they want to go, safely and efficiently. He hopes the Bicycle Advisory Board can help Seattle create a world class system of bikeways and the bike culture to go with it.

Alfonso Lopez
Alfonso is a multi-modal commuter who rides his bicycle year-round for transportation and recreation.  He attributes his overall physical and mental health to bike riding, and along with the cost savings he has experienced by bicycling for transportation, has morphed into an advocate in hopes that other Seattleites may too experience the many benefits cycling has to offer.  As a frequent cyclist, he is familiar with many areas of the city and has a firsthand knowledge of the highlights and shortcomings of Seattle’s bicycle infrastructure.

Lara Normand
Lara has commuted by bicycle wherever she’s lived, including parts of Wyoming, L.A., Seattle and New York City.  When traveling, tooling around by bike is one of her favorite ways of getting to know a place.  She currently lives in Columbia City, and is concerned about the issue of citywide equity for bicycle and pedestrian safety.  As a landscape architect, she takes a keen interest in the constructed details and subtle visual cues that make a street comfortable and safe for users of all ages and abilities.  Her work during the day, as well as her volunteer time with the neighborhood and local food bank, have galvanized her desire to help Seattle fulfill its potential as a truly livable city – and to take an active role in advocating for more and better traffic-calming infrastructure in underserved areas.  

Merlin Rainwater
Merlin is a retired home health and hospice nurse. Her bicycle gets her wherever she needs to go, sometimes with a little help from a bus or a train or occasionally a car.  She believes that Seattle must become a place where riding a bicycle is easy, fun and safe for all people old and young.  As an active member of Central Seattle Greenways, she initiated the Safe Routes to Health Project, enlisting healthcare providers in support of safe, healthy streets.  As a ride leader for Cascade Bicycle Club, she leads "S.L.O.W. Rides" (for Senior Ladies On Wheels) on low-traffic neighborhood streets.  She is serving on the Board of Directors of Cascade Bicycle Club for 2014-2017.

Kristi Rennenohm Franz
Kristi is an educator with a lifelong focus on community activism, environmental sustainability and youth empowerment.  She has many motivations for wanting to serve on the board: as a teacher, she is committed to building bicycle education in our schools and throughout our communities; as a senior citizen and grandmother of five, she personifies the current movement of building bicycle infrastructure that accommodates ‘all ages & abilities’; as a citizen of Seattle, she is committed to seeing Seattle replicate communities in our country and around the world where bicycling is actively supported as an environmentally sustainable and economically affordable mode of transportation. 

Ester Sandoval
Ester is a Union Carpenter Sister turned Facilities Engineer for Jubilee Women’s Center who loves her job & is passionate about her bicycle. Riding year round as her main means of transportation has allowed Ester to better gauge the condition for bicycling throughout the city from a cyclist’s, woman’s, carpenter’s & a downtown resident’s perspective, questions & ideas. Ester has a strong desire to give back to the community by acting as a bridge between motorists & riders, citizens & council members, English & Spanish speakers, blue collar & white collar works, by listening, speaking, asking & learning from one another.

Izzy Sederbaum

Jessica Szelag
Jessica, Chair, is an outgoing and enthusiastic individual with a passion for both serving her community and bicycling.  She has been working in the field of providing transportation options for over five years, first as a manager for Zipcar and currently as the program manager for Commute Seattle.  Her experience managing and communicating complex policies and procedures, evaluating various transportation solutions, and working with diverse stakeholders has prepared her extremely well to serve on the Bicycle Advisory Board.  Jessica also actively serves as secretary for the Seattle 2030 District Board and on the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Board of Directors.

Michael Wong
Mike is an everyday bike commuter and recreational rider. He grew up two blocks from the Burke-Gilman Trail and now lives just a few blocks from a new Neighborhood Greenway.  He's watched Seattle's bicycling culture evolve over the past decade and has embraced the ever improving accessibility and safety on our city's streets by relying on his bike for more and more of his transportation needs.  In his working life, he is focused on social justice and equity for the marginalized and underserved. As a current resident of South Seattle, he hopes to share the many joys of cycling with neighbors and communities historically left behind - unintentionally and intentionally - by systemic and institutional discrimination.