Bike Maryland 15th
Annual Bicycle Symposium Presenter List
February 22, 2012 – 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meet and Greet
list is not in the order of day of event presentations)
Obriecht, Bike Maryland Board President, firstname.lastname@example.org.
began his bicycle business right after graduation from college, in 1978. His
business has continued to grow through the years and it now includes six Race
Pace locations as well as Bella Bikes, the first women's bicycle store in the
U.S. Alex enjoys mountain and road biking, as well as multi-week self-supported
tours around the globe. His wife and three adult children are all cyclists. His
interests are: the economic impact of the retail bicycle trade, successful and
unique ways to integrate the bicycle into the transportation system, and how
sophisticated planning and implementation of the bicycle travel network in
Maryland yields a healthier, fitter population, a region which will attract
more active residents, a tourist draw for those outside the area, and a network
of commuter routes resulting in benefits to all involved.
Silldorff, Executive Director, Bike Maryland, Carol@bikemd.org.
was appointed to the position of Executive Director in 2008. She has a
graduate degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Environmental
Management. She passionately works to promote bicycling, increase safety,
improve conditions and provide a voice for all bicyclists in
Maryland. Carol has worked on numerous legislative campaigns resulting in many
pro-cycling laws. She partners with leaders, individuals, clubs,
non-profit organizations, corporations, and city and county agencies throughout
Maryland to increase the number of bicyclists and increase cyclist safety.
Carol has been appointed to a number of state, city and county bicycle related
committees. During Carol’s career she has worked on a variety of environmental
sustainability issues for non-profit organizations, federal, state and local
government agencies and both small and fortune 500 businesses. Carol has been
an active bicyclist for many years (a bike commuter, recreational rider,
bicycle racer including completing team RAAM, a mountain biker and scenic trail
I Slater, Director, Office of Planning and Preliminary Engineering, SHA, email@example.com.
Presentation: Funding Opportunities in Maryland
Greg is a 1997 Graduate of Towson University in Geography and Environmental
Planning, a 2007 Graduate of the University Of Maryland National Leadership
Institute, a 2009 Graduate of the MDOT; State Highway Administrations Advanced
Leadership Program; and a register GISP (GIS Professional). Before being
appointed to SHA's Planning Director, Greg served as the Chief of the Design
Technical Services Division. As Planning Director, Greg takes an approach of
data driven decision support and establishing relationships to develop
sustainable solutions for Maryland. Because of this approach, Greg has Maryland
focused on sustainability, climate change, linking of planning and safety, GIS
based asset data warehousing for a comprehensive asset management approach, and
multimodal planning solutions that focus on community and industry input, The
data driven approach is designed to build fully context sensitive solutions by
gathering input from all involved and thinking big picture with the solutions.
Eatough, BikeArlington Program Manager, Capital Bikeshare Management and
Presentation: Keys to Success and Experiences of Capital Bikeshare
Chris was a
professional cyclist for 12 years and is a six time world champion in endurance
mountain bike racing. In 2009 a career shift brought him to
BikeArlington, where Chris is managing the initiatives that promote bike
culture and contribute to making Arlington one of the most bicycle friendly
communities in the nation. These programs include cycling education and
encouragement classes, bicycle friendly business outreach and marketing
bicycles as a valid form of transportation. Recently, Chris’ scope of
work at BikeArlington has broadened to include the management and marketing of
Heather Strassberger, AICP, Bicycle, Pedestrian & Human Services
Transportation Planner, Baltimore Metropolitan Council, firstname.lastname@example.org.
transportation planning: opportunities for funding
Strassberger is the Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Human Services Transportation
Planner at Baltimore Metropolitan Council. She is a member of the American
Institute of Certified Planners and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle
Professionals and holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers
University and a Bachelor of Arts from UMBC. Her professional interests include
transportation and land use integration; environmental justice; providing safe,
accessible, healthy, and sustainable transportation options for people of all
abilities; and enhancing research and data collection about pedestrian and
bicycle travel. Prior to joining BMC, Heather was a transportation planner for
Land-of-Sky Regional Council in Asheville, NC and served as treasurer of the
North Carolina Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. She returned
to her native Baltimore in 2011 and now enjoys a short but scenic daily bike
commute around the Inner Harbor.
Sonnenfeld, Bike Maryland Board Member, email@example.com.
Presentation: Bike Maryland’s Legislative Agenda
is an avid cyclist in the rural environs of Northern Baltimore, Carroll and
Harford Counties, and believes preservation of agricultural and rural land and
open space creates significant benefits for all of Maryland’s citizens (and
cyclists). He is an attorney and has spent over 25 years working in the
residential mortgage and mortgage-backed securities industries, including
founding Fieldstone Mortgage Company in 1995 and serving as the first President
of Saxon Mortgage Funding Corporation prior to that. He is a cancer survivor
and has participated since 2003 in the Pan Mass Challenge, an annual
bike-a-thon that is the largest athletic fund raising event in the world and
that has raised over $300 million since 1980 to fund advances in cancer
research and treatment at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA.
Michael is working to strengthen the three foot passing law and is
especially passionate about bicycle safety.
Love, PhD, Project Director at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
and on the faculty at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, firstname.lastname@example.org.
How Close is 3 Feet? One Bicycle Commuter's Video Diary
Dr. Love is a microbiologist by training and studies the connections between
food, farming, health, and the environment. He just completed a study of
motor vehicle passing distance of bike commuters. Dave is bike advocate and
bike commuter in Baltimore, Maryland.
Katie Gore, Bike Maryland Bike-MINDED Program Coordinator, email@example.com. Presentation: Being
Through her work as a Bike Maryland Bike-MINDED Coordinator, Katie
performs fun, social and educational bike safety workshops for youth in
Baltimore. Additionally, she leads bicycle commuter workshops for adults
throughout Maryland. Katie was a Parks and Recreation Leader in the
Minneapolis Park system and studied Early Childhood Education at The
University of Minnesota and Towson University. She is the Director for the
Trails End Mountain Bike Camp for kids ages 12-16. She is co-owner of two
Baltimore bicycle shops and is an active mountain and road cyclist. "I
have seen a positive change in the acceptance of cycling in Maryland over the
past three years and realize it is only the beginning. I know bicycle safety is
one of the key components in helping Maryland become a top Bike Friendly State.
The earlier we teach our children good riding habits - the earlier we
expose them to responsible ways to ride - the greater chance for those
lessons to become a life foundation for bicycling as a means of commuting and
for recreation." Please contact Katie to schedule a Youth
Rodeo, Adult Commuter workshop, volunteer, become a Bike Ambassador or
partner with Bike Maryland.
Marla Streb, Bike Maryland Bike-MINDED Program Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org. Presentation: Being
Marla Streb is a retired professional cyclist of 16 years, with
accolades such as World, U.S. National and X Games Champion. During her racing
career, Streb published two books and was also on the board of USA Cycling for
three years. Perhaps her favorite aspect of life as a pro was the many visits to
schools and communities around the country, opening kids’ eyes to the world of
cycling. Currently, Marla continues to utilize her skills with youth as a Bike
Maryland Bike-MINDED Coordinator. Additionally, Marla is a part time coach for
the LUNA Chix Ambassador Program and a PR/Marketing contractor for the LUNA Pro
Team. A Baltimore native, Streb earned a Master of Science degree from
University of Maryland in 1990. The Fells Point resident is a proud mom of two
young girls, Kiki (2) and Nicoya (5), who happily (and safely) travel together
by bicycle or foot on over 90% of their downtown trips. Marla’s goal is to
encourage other Baltimoreans to safely ride, and enjoy the journey as much as
the destination. Please contact Marla to
schedule a Youth Rodeo, Adult Commuter workshop, volunteer, become a Bike
Ambassador or partner with Bike Maryland.
E. Jackson, State Director of Bicycle and Pedestrian Access, Maryland
Department of Transportation, email@example.com.
The Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee / Maryland’s New Bike
Michael Jackson currently holds the position of Director of Bicycle and
Pedestrian Access with the Maryland Department of Transportation and is
responsible for advising the Department on bicycle and pedestrian
transportation policies. Mr. Jackson has worked on bicycle and pedestrian
matters his entire professional career of over 30 years. Prior to joining MDOT
in 2000 he served as the State Bicycle Coordinator for the Minnesota Department
of Transportation, and held bicycle coordinator positions with Contra Costa
County, California, the City of San Diego and Washington, DC.
Jon S. Cardin, District 11, Baltimore County
of numerous pro-bicycle bills. Successfully worked to pass the 3 foot law in
2010. Member of House of Delegates since January 8, 2003.
of the House Ways & Means Committee (and chair of the Election Law
Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus, 2005.
to view Delegate Cardin’s impressive biography.
James E Malone Jr., District 12A Baltimore County and Howard County
in Distracted Driving Legislation
Member of House of Delegate since January 11, 1995.
Vice-Chair, Environmental Matters Committee since 2003.
Member Maryland Bicycle and Pedestrian Caucus since 2003.
Member of numerous Committees.
Please visit: http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa12263.html
to view Delegate Malone’s impressive biography.
Delegate Luiz R. S. Simmons, District 17, Montgomery County
worked to pass the criminal negligence – manslaughter by motor vehicle law. Member
of House of Delegates, January 10, 1979 to January 12, 1983 and since January
Member, Judiciary Committee and many other Committees.
visit: http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/06hse/html/msa13381.htmlto view Delegate
Simmon’s impressive biography.
Bill Nesper, Director, Bicycle Friendly America Program,
League of American Bicyclists, bill@ bikeleague.org. Presentation: Bicycle
Nesper oversees the League’s Bicycle Friendly America program, which includes
the Bicycle Friendly Community, Bicycle Friendly State and Bicycle Friendly
Business recognition programs. Nesper first joined the League as a Membership
Assistant in 2002 and moved in 2005 to manage the League education programs and
Bicycle Friendly Community Program. Prior to joining the League, he was a
touring musician and Artist Manager for seven years. He holds a BA in History
from the University of Florida and is completing an MA at George Mason
University. Nesper rides his bike nine miles to work and is a member of the
Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, and the Washington Area
Dougherty Goldman, Research & Performance Metrics Manager, Office of
Tourism Development, Maryland Department of Business & Economic
Presentation: Cycle Maryland Survey – Who, What, Why, Where, and How
has managed the research program for the Maryland Office of Tourism since 2007.
A favorite part of her job at OTD includes participating on multidisciplinary
projects with a range of collaborators, including but not limited to the
Maryland Departments of Transportation, Natural Resources, and Planning; county
and local partners; universities; and marketing and advertising firms. Rebecca
has a master’s degree in urban affairs and public policy from the University of
Delaware, a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Towson University,
and a passion for developing good research that guides better decision making
and improved programming within the public sector.
& Pedestrian Planner, Baltimore Department of Transportation,
Bike Advocacy - An Inside Job
Nate Evans has been the bicycle & pedestrian planner with the
Baltimore Department of Transportation for four years. In that time, Nate
has overseen the planning, engineering and construction of nearly 50 miles of
bike facilities including the city's first contraflow bike lanes, on-street
bike parking, shared bike & buses lanes and first bike box. Nate has
also helped shift city policy in a pro-bike direction with a Complete Streets
resolution, bike friendly storm grates on all construction projects and
establishing a $75 fine for parking in bike lanes. He graduated from
Frostburg State University with a degree in Urban Planning and spent 10 years
as a civil engineer before working with the city. Nate lives
in Perry Hall with his wife Heather and three awesome kids where he is
active in his community and rides trails whenever possible.
Peter C. Moe,
Section Chief, Program Advisory Section, Maryland State Highway
Maryland’s Bicycle Awareness Campaign
to be posted soon.
A. Halligan, Director, Office of Planning & Capital Programming, Maryland
Department of Transportation, firstname.lastname@example.org
or Kate R. Sylvester, Office of Planning and Capital Programming, Maryland
Department of Transportation, email@example.com.
Presentation: Maryland's Bikeways Program
to be posted soon.
Atkinson, Maryland Department of Planning, Western Maryland Regional Office,
Regional Planner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation: Trails and Economic Development
Bill has worked as a Regional
Planner for the Maryland Department of Planning since 1989. The main
responsibility of the job is the supervision of the regional office. He
provides technical assistance, coordination and liaison activities with elected
officials and local jurisdictions within Western Maryland on State Smart Growth
issues and Policies. In June 2009, he was assigned the duties of the Coordinator
of the Trail Town Program for Allegany County Maryland. The Trail Town Program
is an economic development program along the Great Allegheny Passage working to
revitalize trailside communities and reap the economic benefits of trail-based
tourism and recreation as part of a larger, coordinated approach to regional
economic development. Bill is a Graduate of Frostburg State University, July
1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Management