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Staff

Jacob VanSickle, Executive Director

Jacob VanSickle

Jacob has served as the executive director of Bike Cleveland since February of 2012.

An alumnus of Spring Arbor University where he earned a degree in sociology with a concentration in community development, Jacob is now a passionate Cleveland transplant.

Prior to becoming director of Bike Cleveland Jacob was the active living coordinator at Slavic Village Development where he created and implemented programs that got residents connected and active in the community. As part of his work at Slavic Village Development Jacob served as the convener of the leadership team that created Bike Cleveland.

As director of Bike Cleveland Jacob works closely with volunteers and members to affect policy, legislation and infrastructure that help make Cleveland’s roadways safer and our neighborhoods more vibrant. Jacob can be contacted at Jacob@bikecleveland.org.

Jason Kuhn, Communications & Events Manager

Jason joined the Bike Cleveland team in January 2017.

He is a lifelong cyclist – with years of graphic design and marketing experience, as well as a Business Degree from Walsh University.

Jason worked within the bicycle industry for over 2 decades. He knows firsthand the issues facing cyclists, the fears of new riders, and positive impact that cycling can have on health, communities, and business development. Fostering this positive impact is what drew him to join the Bike Cleveland team.

Spreading the message that bicycles deserve respect, encouraging cyclists to ride without fear, and building a movement for all riders are his goals. Jason can be contacted at Jason@bikecleveland.org

Deltrece Daniels, Outreach & Membership Manager

Deltrece has over twenty years of experience educating people of all ages.

You can often find her volunteering at the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op repairing, building bicycles, making tasty vegan meals in the kitchen, or leading social rides throughout the city.  She would more than likely be wearing a Black Girls Do Bike jersey, which consists of other women of color throughout the United States that share their passion of cycling.  Cleveland has a local BGDB Chapter and Deltrece shares cycling related information and also lead social rides throughout Cleveland and neighboring cities that often has Black History informational background.

Deltrece attended Kent State University where she became a member of the international, historically Black greek letter sorority Zeta Phi Beta, Inc.  She obtained her Associate of Applied Science degree and the Administrative Award certificate in Early Childhood Education from Cuyahoga Community College, and in 2016 became a League Certified Instructor  to further her goal of educating people on bikes.

She enjoys commuting to work via bicycle and is not afraid to utilize public transportation for part or all of the commute depending on Mother Nature’s mood.  You may have recognized her in Cleveland’s Terminal Tower if you are hopping on RTA’s Red Line going Westbound.

Deltrece is looking forward to sharing her excitement, knowledge and most importantly LOVE of cycling with you, your family & friends in your neighborhood.  Deltrece can be reached at deltrece@bikecleveland.org

Board of Directors

Jeffrey Sugalski, President

Real Estate Development Director, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
*Inaugural Board Member

How many bikes to you own? Which one is your favorite, and why?

I only own one bike, and that’s an Electra Ticino. Most of the riding I do these days is comprised commuting and running errands, so it does the job. My wife and I are looking forward getting a family bike that we can use to haul our two kids around.

What is your favorite Cleveland area ride/route? What is your favorite one anywhere?

I may be slightly biased because I help coordinate it, but I absolutely love Cranksgiving. The generosity of the cycling community is always amazing. To see the massive pile of food cyclists selflessly purchase for disadvantaged families at the conclusion of the event is extremely moving.

What does riding a bicycle mean to you?

I feel like I’m contributing to a more vibrant region by cycling for transportation, plus it’s a very satisfying feeling not to have to rely on an automobile.

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?

I started attending public meetings in Old Brooklyn to advocate for cycling infrastructure and amenities in the late 2000’s. I became known as the “bike guy” in the neighborhood, and was asked to lead tours and rides. In 2010, a small group of us decided to host our own event, Old Brooklyn Pedal for Prizes. We have hosted the event five times and have attracted thousands of cyclists of all ages and from all walks of life to experience Old Brooklyn by bike. I’ve also coordinated or helped organize several different rides locally.

Why drives you to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?

Bike Cleveland is needed to represent the interests of all cyclists and has made a huge difference in Northeast Ohio in its brief five-year history. I want to help Bike Cleveland become the best, most effective cycling advocacy organization it can possibly be.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?

Cycling is a very safe and convenient form of transportation for everyone everywhere.

 

Mitch Thompson, Vice President

Partner, Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
*Board Member since 2014

What kind of bike do you ride?
Well, I have more than one but I love riding road bikes – especially my commuter and a Gunnar Sport.

What’s your favorite place to ride your bike?
I enjoy my commuting routes between the near eastside and downtown a lot but, when I can get out of town to ride, really enjoy both the Chagrin and Cuyahoga Valleys.

What motivates you to ride your bike?
Healthy, green commutes, vigorous exercise with great scenery … and weight loss (though you can’t really tell by looking at me!).

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?
Squire Patton Boggs has an incredibly active Bike Committee that engages our people on bike commuting as well as riding for exercise and charity.  I’m also involved with Bike Shaker.

What’s a favorite memory you have of riding a bicycle?
My wife, Karen, and I raised our kids on bikes, which has given me many happy memories.  One favorite and recent memory was riding to Sandusky with both adult kids during Pedal to the Point – a full, sunny day in the saddle with them just chatting and enjoying the ride.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
Cleveland has so many opportunities for growth and improvement that can involve cycling.  A big part of that will be user-friendly bike infrastructure arising in a culture of bike enthusiasm and advocacy – and not just “bike tolerance.”

Why did you choose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?
Cycling issues and projects are accelerating quickly now in northeast Ohio and Bike Cleveland is at the heart of things.  I’m thrilled to be a part of that and lend a hand.

Barb Clint, Vice President

Director of Community Health, YMCA of Greater Cleveland
*Inaugural Board Member
*Finance Committee Chair2

What kind of bike do you ride?
Vintage 1974 Batavus Dutch 10-speed.

What’s your favorite place to ride your bike?
Through Bratenahl on my way to/from downtown.

What motivates you to ride your bike?  
Health reasons.

What’s a favorite memory you have of riding a bicycle?
A family vacation on Pelee Island where we biked exclusively, about 20 miles a day, each day. It was great.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
Reclaiming the city’s network of excessively wide streets for protected bike facilities.

What’s your favorite cycling event?  
I LOVE the monthly Critical Mass rides.

Mary Ellen Carney, Treasurer

What kind of bike do you ride?
I am lucky enough to have two.  Both are Specialized, one is an urban bike I use for commuting to work, and the other is a road bike for long rides.

Where is your favorite place to ride your bike? 
The Metro parks, we are fortunate to have such a beautiful park system.

What motivates you to ride your bike? 
I just love the feel of being on my bike, observing nature and the comradery when I am riding with others.

What’s a favorite memory you have of riding a bicycle?
Riding the mountains in Colorado.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
I hope to see a vibrant cycling community where it is safe to ride bikes for all types of cyclists including children and senior citizens and the whole range in between.

Why did you choose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board? 
Prior to being on the board, I observed all the great work that was being done in the community by Bike Cleveland.  I am proud to be a part of this great organization.

What’s your favorite cycling event? 
The MS150, I have been riding it for 25 years.

Marie Kittredge, Secretary

*Inaugural Board Member
*Fund Development Committee Chair

What kind of bike do you ride?
I proudly ride two Ohio City Co-op bikes both late 80’s vintage — a Raleigh CityLite hybrid my son rebuilt for me and a Nishiki Cresta GT road bike.

What’s your favorite place to ride your bike?
I am almost exclusively a  commuter cyclist.  My favorite ride is the Morgana Run Bike Trail, but is it’s a close tie with going over the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge at sunset.

What motivates you to ride your bike?
I love love love that first few moments, when I push off, and glide down the street feeling the wind in my face — reminds me of being eight years old and carefree. I also crave the meditation time that a cycling commute provides.

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?
I am a strong advocate for cycling infrastructure and necessity cyclists, as well as working to engage youth in safe cycling.  I like to ride Critical Mass, but my schedule rarely allows.

What’s a favorite memory you have of riding a bicycle?
It’s recent!  The Ride United to Akron last year with my son. The runner-up is riding in Central Park with my husband a few years ago.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
Improving the ride of all cyclists and building a broad huge constituency ‘tent’ that includes us all — from mountain bikers to necessity cyclists and everyone in between. AND  I want cycling to be a draw that keeps our young people here and attracts new people to Cleveland.

Why did you choose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?
To be a part of the push to make Cleveland a cycling-centered town.

What’s your favorite cycling event?
Cycle Canalway.

Christopher Alvarado

Executive Director, Slavic Village Development
*Inaugural Board Member (email)

What kind of bike do you ride?
My main bike is a blue Surly Long Haul Trucker named “Tonia”, but I also have a mid-80’s Miyata that has been rebuilt as a single-speed ride, a folding bike, and my bike from college (mid-90’s Specialized Crossroads).

What’s your favorite place to ride your bike?
I especially love riding through Cleveland’s neighborhoods, and my favorite part of my daily commute is the bike/pedestrian promenade on the Lorain Carnegie Bridge.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
My vision for Greater Cleveland is of a region peppered with strong bikeable and walkable neighborhood and town centers that are linked by excellent cycling and transit options. We have the foundation for a strong, sustainable Northeast Ohio if we have the courage and tenacity to work with one another to make this future happen.

Why did you choose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?
I serve on the Bike Cleveland board because I love this city, I believe that a bikeable city is a friendlier place in which to live, and that sustained and organized efforts will make our neighborhoods places that make our citizens healthier, wealthier, and happier. As testament to this, my favorite rides are when Critical Mass goes through Cleveland’s east side neighborhoods. The amount of joy spread by a group of cyclists is phenomenal, and the folks living in neighborhoods like Central, Hough, and Glenville reflect that joy right back.

Kevin Cronin

Kevin Cronin, Attorney at Law
*Inaugural Board Member
How many bikes to you own? Which one is your favorite, and why?

Three. However, my favorite is not the Giant touring bike, but a lime green road Fuji (repainted in sort of an urban camouflage look), lovingly refurbished with a variety of second-hand components at the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op (where I previously served as a board member) for about $100 to prove the point that money should never be an impediment to riding.

What is your favorite Cleveland area ride/route? What is your favorite one anywhere?

Locally, I love riding through the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and Martin Luther King Drive, as I am thrilled by the various parks, which remind me how global in outlook we can choose to be, then along the lakeshore, as you notice nature when riding, things you don’t see if you are in a car traveling 65 mph.
As for riding anywhere, I would cite Washington, DC, where I used to work and ride, as it so culturally and historically rich and you can stop off at outdoor monuments and parks, like the art gallery or presidential monuments, from Jefferson and Lincoln to FDR.

What does riding a bicycle mean to you?

I ride for better personal health, to make my contribution to cleaner air and water and to better appreciate the rich, vibrant spaces all around, which include parks, the lake, the dynamic architecture and industrial history.

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?

A League Certified Instructor of the League of American Bicyclists, I participated in the planning summit that created Bike Cleveland. Prior, I served on the board of the Ohio City Bicycle Co Op and helped found ClevelandBikes in 2004 (a pre-cursor to Bike Cleveland). While leading ClevelandBikes, I helped create the Bike Rack, Cleveland’s first cycling commuter facility. A lawyer by trade, I filed the first lawsuit on behalf of cyclists in Northeast Ohio to challenge Ohio DOT and US DOT/FHWA regarding the Interstate 90 Bridge and highway, contributing, along with a broad community coalition, to $6 million cycling infrastructure investment for Abbey Avenue Bridge, Lorain-Carnegie Bridge and Ontario Street. I was pleased to be a part of the Bike Cleveland group to develop the Midway, the plan for a network of protected bike lanes throughout the City.

Why drives you to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?

I am thrilled to participate and assist the Bike Cleveland membership in changing Northeast Ohio for the better. I consider cycling to be a very green constituency and we are creating a cleaner, healthier Northeast Ohio.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?

The Midway, Cleveland’s broad and far-ranging network of protected cycling lanes is in place, linking to suburban, exurban and national routes to connect people to the places they want to go. As a result, Northeast Ohio is a more vital and dynamic region, a global destination, as an attractive place to live, work, study, visit, create a business and raise a family.

What else should our members know that makes you unique?

Active in government and politics, I was a legislative aide in Washington, DC, working for a variety of Members of the House and Senate and as Committee Counsel, addressing budget and economic issues, but left after toying with the idea of writing a book entitled “All I Ever Needed to Know About Washington, I learned Waiting on Tables.” Nah, the fact of the matter is that I prefer to working back home in Cleveland where I grew up. I also used to train and compete in triathlons.

Alex Baca

Alex Baca, General Manager of UHBikes

How many bikes do you own? Which one is your favorite, and why?

I ride and love in varying ways my Wabi Classic single-speed, Fuji track fixie, Soma Saga, Terry Tailwind, and Serotta Tri-Colorado.

What is your favorite Cleveland area ride/route? What is your favorite one anywhere?

I often take 105th to Quincy to the Campus District bike lanes, then the Lorain bridge, to get home from the east side. It’s a nice alternative to slogging on Euclid, and there’s more to look at—you can almost get a sense of what Cleveland’s eastern neighborhoods were like before we urban-renewaled so many structures and homes out of existence.

My favorite ride anywhere is Beach Drive, in Rock Creek Park, in D.C. It’s quick, flat, good for practicing your pacing, and makes you feel like you went somewhere.

What does riding a bicycle mean to you?

Transportation!

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?

I’m the general manager of UHBikes, Cleveland’s bikesharing system. It’s my job to get people on bikes even if they don’t consider themselves cyclists, and give them a great riding experience whether they’re commuting or ambling recreationally.

I also ride my bike everywhere, year-round, without question. It’s how I get to where I need to go. I want to be sure that as I’m advocating for better cycling in Cleveland, I’m leading by example.

Why drives you to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?

Cleveland—a flat city of disconnected neighborhoods built for a million people, which is now only home to 400,000—should be an undisputed cycling capital filled with model protected infrastructure. It’s not. I want to get it there.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?

Cleveland’s not an easy place to work, and it’s an ingrained reaction that something different to our traditional narrative won’t work here “because it’s Cleveland.” I want to break through that. We have incredible people working in so many sectors to make this a more accessible, better-connected, upwardly mobile city, and riding a bike—particularly for transportation—is a proxy for that work. I would love to see a Cleveland where driving isn’t the default “best” option. That means radically altering our views of cycling and complete streets from a personal, institutional, and municipal standpoint.

What else should our members know that makes you unique?

All of my bikes have 650B or 650C wheels. Toe overlap sucks!

John McGovern

Stay-at-Home Papa
*Board Member since 2012

What kind of bike do you ride?
1982 Trek.

What’s your favorite place to ride your bike?
Edgewater Beach with my daughter in the trailer.

What motivates you to ride your bike?
The fun of moving at a slower pace under my own propulsion.

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?
President of board of directors at Ohio City Bike Coop, involved in (former) Access for All Campaign to build a bike/walk path on the Innerbelt Bridge which resulted in the 15′ bike/walk path on the Lorain-Carnegie Bridge.

What’s a favorite memory you have of riding a bicycle?
Racing my friends on my orange banana seat bike in my youth.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
To make Cleveland the best American city for cycling for transportation and health.

Why did you choose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?  
I wanted to be part of the growth of an organization that is dedicated to advocating for the rights and needs of cyclists.

What’s your favorite cycling event?
Critical Mass.

Jim Mullane

Jim Mullane

How many bikes to you own? Which one is your favorite, and why?

I have two bikes. A Specialized Roubaix and a Specialized Tri-Cross. I use one for the road and one for the trails. I like them both equally.

What is your favorite Cleveland area ride/route? What is your favorite one anywhere?

I still love the towpath but my true passion is riding on country roads away from civilization. My favorite ride of all time was the GAP.

What does riding a bicycle mean to you?

Exercise for the mind and body.

How have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?

You’ll find me at most organized rides and trying to spread the word amongst friends and family

Why drives you to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?

I feel strongly about bicycle safety and the need to educate both motorists and bicyclists on how to get along on the road. I also feel a vibrant city has to have a bicycle friendly environment.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?

I would love to see the day when cycling is simply a part of our infrastructure.

Myron Bennett

Self-Employed
*Inaugural Board Member
*Nomination & Governance Committee Chair

What kind of bike do you ride?
A Diamondback hybrid.

What’s your favorite place to ride your bike?
To and from my parent’s house on the Shaker Heights off-road bike path.

What motivates you to ride your bike?
I enjoy being outdoors and seeing the city landscape, plus biking is a great cardio workout

What’s a favorite memory you have of riding a bicycle?
Popping a wheelie as a child.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
A multi-county interconnected system of safe bikeways that support both commuting and recreational cyclists.

Why did you choose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?
I chose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board to support the needs of urban cyclists, and help revitalize recreational opportunities, and to improve school biking for inner-city youth.

What’s your favorite cycling event?
Bike to Work Day.

Erika Anthony

Erika L. Anthony born and raised in Long Island, NY relocated to Cleveland several years ago.  Erika holds a B.S. in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University and a Masters of Public Administration from the Maxine G. Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.  Currently, Erika is the Senior Director of Advocacy, Policy and Research for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP).  In this role, she is responsible leading and shaping the policy and advocacy agenda for CNP’s core areas (CDCs, Economic Opportunity and Placemaking).  Prior to CNP, Erika was the Director of Business Development at Oriana House, Inc., Project Coordinator for a pilot reentry program at the Centers for Families and Children and held various roles as a paralegal.

Her diverse professional and community endeavors include law, advocacy, policy and civic engagement.  Erika serves on a number of Boards in the area, including: Bike Cleveland, Ideastream’s Community Advisory Board, EDWINS and Negative Space Gallery and Studio (Board Chair).  She has also completed the following leadership institutes: Cleveland Bridge Builders (Class of 2014) and 2014 Fellowship with New Leaders Council.  Additionally, she continues to co-lead the voter engagement efforts in Cleveland for OhioVOTES, which works in partnership with Nonprofit VOTE to support voter engagement activities for local nonprofits.  Erika currently resides on the Westside of Cleveland with her husband Brian and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her family, friends, travelling and exploring the historical and cultural assets of Greater Cleveland.

 

 

John Seydlitz

What kind of bike do you ride?
Many!

– Civia Hyland, daily commuter bike and grocery getter
– Vintage Alan Cyclocross with studded tires for icy conditions
– Specialized Crux cyclocross for cyclocross and gravel road racing and all around fun
– BMC TE02 for Mountain biking and racing
– Ridley Helium for faster road rides in good weather
– Merlin Extralight for very long road rides or riding in poor weather
– Salsa Al a Cart for towing a bike trailer or tag a long
– Schwinn Twinn tandem for nights out with my wife
– Specialized P23 Dirt Jump bike, for Ray’s MTB Park
– 1960s Schwinn cruiser for parades

Where is your favorite place to ride your bike?
Anywhere, but prefer off-road.

What motivates you to ride your bike?
I don’t like walking or driving that much.

Have you been involved in the Cleveland cycling community in addition to your involvement with Bike Cleveland?
I’m a daily cycling commuter and pass holder at “The Bike Rack” downtown. I’ve been racing mountain bikes since 1988 and volunteer for NEOCycle. I used to work in the bike industry as an employee of the old (now gone) City Bike. I was a contributor to the book Car-Free in Cleveland 2000, and most recently took over running local mountain bike racing team, The Marauders.

What’s a favorite memory you have of riding a bicycle?
Riding behind my son as he cleared his first box jump at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park.

What’s your vision for the future of cycling in Cleveland?
Separated bike lanes all over town connecting residents to school, work, retail, and recreation.

Why did you choose to serve on the Bike Cleveland board?
As a daily rider and as a parent, it’s in my own self-interest that Cleveland has better cycling infrastructure. More importantly, as someone who loves Northeast Ohio, I want to help Greater Cleveland become a national leader in developing a culture of cycling as it embraces new transportation solutions. Cities with rich cycling cultures are proven to be more vibrant and attractive places for people to work and play, and I’m passionate about my role in helping Cleveland benefit from those trends.

What’s your favorite cycling event?
Mohican 100 mountain bike race

Jerry Pignolet

Robyn Herr

Michelle Amato

Katherine Bulava