Meet our new board members and officers!

We're already well under way into another year for Madison Bikes, and 2019 comes with a number of new faces on our board or directors!  In addition, we have a new president and vice-president. But let me start by introducing our new board members: Jake Foley, Elysha Jones, Steph Shelton, Peter Taglia, and Jim Wilson.

Jake Foley

Jake Foley moved to Madison with his family in 2015, and lives on the North side with his wife, daughter and soon to be new baby. Relocating to Madison to design bikes for Trek Bicycle, Jake has enjoyed planting roots in the community. Using his background in art and design Jake is thrilled to be involved with Madison Bikes, where he hopes to contribute in efforts to improve the infrastructure of our great city. Having traveled all over the world for Trek, Jake is inspired and excited to bring some influences to Madison to help make it the number one cycling city in the world. In his spare time he enjoys commuting by bike, trail running, playing basketball, racing cyclocross, mountain biking, paddle boarding, and water skiing. 

Elysha Jones

Elysha Jones grew up in St. Louis, MO. The bicycle infrastructure there was lacking, especially if you wanted to bicycle with children, so her and her family looked for a more bike friendly city. Madison fit the bill beautifully and they have called it home now for the last 7 years. Elysha is a stay at home mom who does most of her errands by bike, that includes picking her two daughters, aged 5 and 9 up from school along with another neighbor girl who hitches a ride everyday in Elysha's bakfiet. She is a year round cyclist and strives to be as "car lite" as she can be.

Steph Shelton

Steph was born and raised in Racine, WI. After living in other states and serving in the Peace Corps, she returned to Wisconsin and has been living in Madison for five years. As a year-round bike commuter and a dedicated cyclocross biker, Steph believes that safe biking can and should be accessible for all Madison residents. As such, she hopes to make an impact on making year-round biking a choice for all. Steph currently holds an MS degree in Population Health and works as a Cancer Data Specialist at the UW Carbone Cancer Center.

Peter Taglia

Peter began to see the potential for bicycles as a healthy and sustainable form of transportation while attending college in Missoula Montana. After moving to Madison in the late 1990s to attend graduate school and start a family, Peter began to advocate for bicycles as a student representative to the UW-Madison Transportation Committee. He continued to volunteer for bicycle infrastructure and policies while towing his two children in a beloved bike trailer while his career as an environmental geologist exposed him to details of the energy and water impacts of various sectors of the economy. 
Peter's work experience includes environmental investigations, remediation, and permitting at an engineering firm (2001 - 2005), environmental policy, research and advocacy as the staff scientist for Clean Wisconsin (2005 - 2011) and continued environmental work as an independent consultant for clients in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He has served as a board member for the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute at UW-Madison and the Bayview Foundation, a low-income housing provider in his neighborhood, and on local, state and regional commissions and task forces. Peter lives in a 102 year old home in downtown Madison where he also hosts guests as a licensed short term rooming house.

Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson

Jim has lived and bicycled in the Madison area his whole life. Finding his bicycle to be a more reliable, more affordable, and healthier form of transportation, he ditched the car lifestyle in late 2013 and has been car-free since. Around the same time, he began actively learning about the issues surrounding bike advocacy in order to help make Madison a place where anybody can bike anywhere conveniently and comfortably year-round. Jim first learned of Madison Bikes at the 2017 Brazen Dropouts Bike Swap, and became active with the Advocacy Committee a few months later. Having graduated from the UW-Madison’s College of Engineering in December 2018, he hopes to put his knowledge to work in a bicycle-related field and help promote biking everywhere, but most importantly in his home city of Madison.

New President and Vice-President

Grant Foster has been the one who got Madison Bikes started. Back in 2015, he invited us to his house, and gathered around the dining room table we made plans for founding what would eventually become Madison Bikes. Since our incorporation as a non-profit, Grant has been our President. While Grant remains on the board and has no intention of moving away from bike advocacy,  he stepped down as president of Madison Bikes to focus on his run for Common Council in District 15. Without any exaggeration I can say: Without Grant, Madison Bikes would not exist and be what it is now.

Grant's successor as president is -- well, me, Harald. I'm very excited to work with our board, with our awesome volunteers, and with the larger Madison Bikes community to pursue the Madison Bikes vision. I strongly believe in a bottom-up approach to bike advocacy, as we have pursued it up to now. I want to keep Madison Bikes an organization that is anchored in its community and that runs an effective, lean operation. We're 100% run by volunteers, and so we always have to be mindful of how we can best put to use our board's and our volunteers' capacity to achieve our goals.

Taking over as vice-president is Heather Pape. Heather joined Madison Bikes in 2016 and has been our Communications Committee chair since then. I'm very happy to team up with Heather to keep Madison Bikes rolling along! Our to-do list is long, and we're eager to get to work on it.

Finally, I want to say thanks to the board members who stepped down last year: Hank Weiss, India Viola, Michael Lemberger, Kevin Mulcahy, and Becky Jollay. Please stay involved with Madison Bikes, and thanks for your contributions over the years!

To a successful 2019!

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  • Cathy Douglas
    commented 2019-02-24 18:46:20 -0600
    Glad to meet you all, and congratulations!

    I see that there’s a lot of hope to make biking in Madison a year-round thing for people of all abilities. I have to confess, I get pretty discouraged around this time of year. The street in front of my house is pure ice at the moment, and a lot of the quiet streets rely on at other times of the year are no better. The bike path has humps of ice and snow at the intersections, and snow and ice have been plowed into bike lanes along the major streets.

    While I admire people who ride year-round, I’m not one of them. About ten years ago, while commuting, I took a spill in front of a moving car when my bike slid out from under me on an invisible layer of ice. It really scared me. Since then, I end up walking and using the bus for a few months each winter. But even walking gets hard when the ice is just everyplace, and I get feeling like a lump in late February/early March.

    I would really love to see something positive for cyclists and pedestrians in winter. Maybe a covered multi-use path, like they’re planning in Berlin.

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