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Grant Foster

Grant Foster

Grant grew up in small town Wisconsin where a bike meant freedom and adventure. After graduating from the UW, he spent years broadening his perspective living and travelling abroad. He now lives on Madison's eastside with his wife and two sons who all get just about everywhere they need to go by bike. Grant is the Director of Health Information at Dean Clinic and is convinced that active transportation is the best medicine. He currently serves as a member of Madison's Pedestrian Bicycle Motor Vehicle Commission and Long Range Transportation Planning Committee. Grant is the current president of Madison Bikes.

 

Harald Kliems

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Growing up in a small town in Germany and later going to university in Berlin, Harald never thought of himself as a cyclist--he just used his bike to get places. After coming to the US for grad school, using a bike somehow required lots of things, among them identifying as "a cyclist." And so he did. Trained as a psychologist and sociologists of science and technology, Harald now works as a researcher in pediatrics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Not having a car in his household, he rides his bike all around town, and he wants to make Madison a place where people of all ages and all abilities can do so too.​ Harald also regularly blogs at Ride or Pie!? and serves as the vice-president of Madison Bikes.

 

India Viola

India_Viola.jpgIndia Viola co-founded We Are All Mechanics (WAAM) with Ali Dwyer in 2003 and together they teach the fundamentals of bicycle maintenance to women in Madison, WI.  Before that she took turns as a woodworker, scientist, and bicycle mechanic. India is an avid cyclist, using her many bikes for commuting, off-road adventures, touring, and general enjoyment. In addition to teaching with WAAM, India is a dedicated bicycle advocate, loves being a mom, and has a PhD in Zoology from UW-Madison. She aspires to use all of her skills in a multi-disciplinary approach to learning, teaching, and perhaps in some small way to improve the human condition. India is the secretary of Madison Bikes.

  

 

Mark Shahan

Mark_Shahan.jpgMark first became involved in Madison bicycling through the UW Hoofers Outing Club starting in 1983 while attending graduate school in biochemistry.  After graduating, he gravitated towards bicycle advocacy and cofounded the Bicycle Transportation Alliance of Dane County (BTA) in 1993.  One of the early efforts of BTA was helping fundraise for the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin (now the Wisconsin Bike Fed) as the Bike Fed transitioned into a truly statewide advocacy organization.  Mark has served on numerous City of Madison committees and commissions, including 12 years on the Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Motor Vehicle Commission (7 years as chairperson) and the Committee for the Design of the Southwest Commuter Bike and Pedestrian Path. He continues to serve on the Long Range Transportation Planning Committee.  Mark’s advocacy for bicycle friendly growth, transportation facilities, and policies is an outgrowth of being a year-round bicycle commuter for over two decades. Mark takes care of the finances of Madison Bikes as its treasurer.

 

Kate Konkle 

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Kate moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 2008 (by way of Pennsylvania and Alabama) and rekindled her love for riding on the trails and roads of the Chippewa Valley. Two years later she moved to Madison for a position at the UW Population Health Institute and her love for riding (commuting, recreational road riding, mountain biking and racing cyclocross) grew as she made more friends in the Madison cycling community. In her day job, she helps communities create positive change, including policy changes to increase active transportation, to improve health, and she is happy to be part of similar work right here in Madison.

 

 

 

 

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Michael is a lifelong Dane County resident and has been commuting year-round by bicycle in Madison since 1989. He is also an avid all-conditions rider, writing occasionally about those adventures on his blog.

 

 

 

Kevin MulcahyKevin Mulcahy

After growing tired of the constant bustle of Chicago, Kevin’s family sought to relocate to a more family and bike friendly city and found Madison in the summer of 2015. With work experience based mostly in the arts and non-profit membership/ development, Kevin now works for the University of Wisconsin Foundation. A year round cyclist, but certainly not ashamed to ride the bus in the depths of winter, Kevin wants to help foster a better understanding of the benefits of a more bikeable Madison.

 

Heather Pape

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Heather grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to Madison in May of 2016. She chose to move to Madison with her husband because of the flatness and bikeability. Heather is a big fan of multi modal transportation and using the bus system to extend her biking miles. She works in IT at Fiskars in Middleton and is the Madison Bikes volunteer coordinator.

 

 

Emily Sonnemann
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Emily first fell in love with biking zooming down the block on her banana seat bike fondly referred to as the “Pink Cadillac.” Family bike and camp trips to favorite spots such as the Elroy-Sparta trail solidified her life-long love of biking. Nowadays you’ll find her zooming around town, shredding the dirt trails, or even heading to Michigan on her “fast bike” or her “fat bike.” Emily and her family ride everyday for fun and for transportation–around the lake, off to get groceries, to campgrounds near and far, commuting to school and work, and of course to get ice cream. “It’s our family culture. We ride because it’s good for us - for our health, for the environment. Biking promotes a more human connection to our neighborhood and beyond. We have different experiences and conversations with our kids when we’re out on our bikes. Most of all, biking is just fun and we love it!” Emily joined Madison Bikes with the hopes to promote that same love of biking to all and has hopes to help strengthen Madison’s biking infrastructure and culture to make biking everybody’s first choice for a mode of transportation. Emily is a teacher and childcare provider and lives on Madison’s Near East Side with her husband and two children.

Chuck Strawser

Chuck_Strawser.jpgSince 2009, Chuck has been the pedestrian and bicycle transportation planner for the Transportation Demand Management unit of University of Wisconsin–Madison, where (among other things) the bike parking capacity has grown from 8900 spaces to nearly 14,000, overtaking the amount of (very expensive) car parking on campus. He served six years as a program manager for the Wisconsin Bike Fed, the statewide bicycle advocacy organization, including two different stints (2002 and 2007) as interim Executive Director. Chucks also served on the city of Madison’s Pedestrian, Bicycle, and Motor Vehicle Commission for many years. As a graduate student at UW-Madison, Chuck had the opportunity to intern with faculty in the Urban and Regional Planning department on a project to write the state of Wisconsin’s model ordinance for local municipalities to accommodate traditional neighborhood (“new urbanist”) development. Chuck has been advocating for better bicycle transportation facilities for more than two decades (and effectively implementing them for somewhat less time).

Robbie Webber

Robbie_WebberRobbie has been biking for transportation since her parents let her cross the street alone. Both professionally and personally, she is a fierce advocate for improving transportation options, including walking and biking. Her advocacy journey started as one of the first employees for the Wisconsin Bike Fed and continued as a Madison alder for six years. As a League Cycling Instructor, Robbie has taught everything from how to bike to work in winter to how to keep your cool in the heat of rush hour traffic.

 

 

Hank Weiss

Hank_Weiss.jpgHank Weiss works in public health as an injury prevention epidemiologist. His family returned to Mad City in 2014 after an academic and government service career spanning Madison, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and New Zealand. While in Pittsburgh, his 80 year old neighbor turned him from a casual cyclist into a serious bike tourer. In New Zealand, he combined his professional and personal interests in bicycle safety with an active role advocating for improved cycling infrastructure locally and nationally. Not content with being pigeonholed into any certain type of cyclist, he likes to rotate his cycling around his road bike and his e-bike (and laments leaving his mountain and cargo bikes in New Zealand). Coming back to Madison, he was thrilled to see the wonderful examples of off-road infrastructure, but quickly found how much needs to be done to make Madison a truly connected city where cycling is an easy choice for all. He realizes that real safety is indicated by the absence of danger, not by an absence of injuries.

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