About the Board
Let’s get Seattle Biking
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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.
Adam and his wife Joan have lived in South Seattle for more than a dozen years, and currently live on Beacon Hill with their son, Elliott. A daily bike commuter, Adam’s day begins with a father-son ride to Elliott’s elementary school, and then continues to his office in the Westlake neighborhood, where he works as the Executive Director of the Washington Senate Democratic Campaign. Adam joined the Board with an interest in expanding all ages and abilities bicycle infrastructure so Seattle families can travel safely and easily throughout our city on two wheels or two feet. Adam also volunteers at his son’s school and with the Rainier District Little League.
Jed is a Nevada native and graduate and employee of the University of Washington. He is a Ravenna resident and is a year-round bicycle commuter. As a user of multiple forms of transportation, he understands the challenges involved in moving around our city. Jed believes that prioritizing walkable and bikeable communities, as well as a world-class public transit system, will result in a city that is most liveable for people of all ages and abilities. When not on his bike or jogging around Green Lake, you'll find Jed homebrewing in his back yard. He has a one year term on SBAB through the Get Engaged program.
Don is an architect, managing projects for schools and governments. He began riding to school in 3rd grade. He towed kids and groceries around northeast Seattle in the 1980’s. Now, he enjoys commuting by bike from West Seattle to downtown year round, and using a bike for recreation and local trips. He appreciates that using bikes is healthy and sociable, gets us in touch with our environment, and saves money. Don sees that increasing bike transportation will help Seattle absorb growth gracefully, if we can make it safe and efficient for all road users, and that it is essential to Seattle’s Climate Action Plan. Don has been a Cascade Bicycle Club volunteer in several roles. He founded the West Seattle Bike Connections advocacy group, and is especially interested in the peaceful co-existence of bike and freight routes.
Steve is Senior Environmental Planner at Sound Transit, and is the Environmental Manager for the Lynnwood Link Light Rail extension. He holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. With his wife and two now-grown children he has enjoyed living and biking in Seattle for the last 30 plus years. He is a daily, year round bike commuter from his home in North Seattle to the Sound Transit offices in downtown Seattle, traversing about seven different neighborhoods in the course of his commute. He has also bike commuted in Los Angeles, New York City, and Eugene. He was a strong advocate for development of the 2nd avenue Protected Bike Lane, and has a special interest in improving Downtown Seattle bike facilities/connections, as well as other currently unsafe locations such as the Ballard Bridge. Non-biking interests include hiking, backpacking, and drumming.
Riley is a graduate student at UW studying transportation engineering. He advocates biking's health and financial boons with other young people, and he enjoys cycling both competitively in triathlons and for fun. After studying in Nanjing, China, Riley became interested in the intersection of economic development and environmental concerns. In Seattle, he works toward the development and improvement of multimodal infrastructure so that the city might accommodate its fast-growing population without sacrificing the mountains, forests, and water that make riding such a pleasure in Washington.
Claudia Lewis grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, not riding bikes. She never saw her parents ride bikes, but somehow she ended up learning to ride bikes. Her first bike was an old 1970's Panasonic. On it, she discovered how fun it was to ride for the fun of it. On various bikes, she's cemented friendships in Vermont, New Orleans, and now Seattle. She's proud to be passing the love of cycling on to her son. Her son motivates her desire for safer streets. She also believes in accessible cycling for low income families as well as communities of color.
Phyllis presents a myriad of occupations and interest in the community. She is an educator, community activist. organizer, leader and energetic individual passionate about building community relationships with city government. She is a seasoned advocate on transportation, ambassador for communities of color and speaks for communities at large in need of empowerment. She serves as Vice President of the Rainier Riders Cycling Club, and Chair of Black Girls Do Bike Seattle. She is a Vigil and Memorial Ride coordinator, who speaks on behalf of individuals killed or seriously injured in collisions of people riding bicycles. She is responsible in helping get two transportation initiatives passed in Seattle's SE district on safety on Rainier Avenue. She provides authentic civic engagement and inclusive outreach on building safe streets for people of all ages and abilities. She is affiliated with numerous boards, and organizations: Seattle Neighborhood Greenways, Safe Routes to School, Vision Zero, Pronto Cycle Share Advisory Board, Southeast District Council. Her aim is to bring social equity to all communities and cultures through building trust and speaking as SE Seattle" liaison. She is featured in numerous publications; Seattle Bike Life, The Greenway Project, South Seattle Emerald, KUOW, KTCS Channel 9, and is the face of District 2 Let's Move Seattle Levy Campaign, Rainier Riders Cycling Club and Rainier Valley Greenways. She is also an Outreach Manager for Seattle Summer Parkways 2016.
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.
Puja is a transplant from British Columbia and has been a Seattle resident since 2000. In 2010 she decided to re-visit her childhood love for riding a bike and has been a daily bicycle commuter ever since. She also enjoys taking her adventures to different countries and recently completed a bicycle tour through the Mekong Delta in Vietnam. As a professional civil engineer, Puja's work experience has allowed her to be directly involved in the design and construction of various projects that have helped develop cycling infrastructure within the City, as well as other projects that have provided restoration to landmarks within the City. By combining her two-wheeled Seattle explorations with her work experience, Puja has experienced first-hand the evolution of urban cycling in Seattle and looks forward to seeing that evolution continue. Her other interests include cooking, photography, travel, and spending time with her husband and their two dogs.
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.