Mark Blacknell has been a DC area resident and cyclist since moving to Arlington in 1997. Looking for options beyond sitting on the Roosevelt Bridge during rush hour, he soon bought a bike to ride to Foggy Bottom. Since then, he's made the slow and steady progression over the years to cycling as his primary means of transportation (ending up with a house full of bikes in the process). Deciding to move beyond the personal evangelization of cycling and get more involved in advocating for improved infrastructure and conditions, he joined the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC). As ABAC chair, he has worked to encourage Arlington County to promote a broad public agenda of facilitating safe cycling for everyone in Arlington. While personally a vehicular cyclist, he's a supporter of bike facilities that accommodate all kinds of riders. Off the bike, he's a DC lawyer whose practice focuses primarily on media and communications clients. When not representing clients, he pursues his interest in travel and photography. In a happy combination of everything, he regularly shoots pro cycling races for a variety of outlets.
Contact: mark (at) waba.org
Martin Moulton is a commuter cyclist, but has done some bike touring with a little single track in South Africa, Australia, Tasmania, Costa Rica as well as the US in his native California, New Hampshire and outside of the Washington DC area. Martin is a graduate of Dartmouth College who currently works as a print/web designer for Roll Call Newspaper. Martin is also active with several community associations in Washington's Shaw neighborhood and tutors students at a local elementary school. In 2007, he was featured on the cover of the Washington Post for recovering one of my stolen Cannondale mountain bikes. Martin has never driven a car and never had an interest or need to have a license to drive a motor vehicle.
Paul d'Eustachio, Treasurer and past President, commutes year-round from home in Maryland to work in Virginia and is a weekend recreational rider. His commuting career began more than 35 years ago when he found that the city bus system shut down before he got off from the evening shift. He understands that cycling is a critical part of an efficient and cost effective urban transportation system, and is dedicated to bringing that understanding to a wide audience. He has worked for a variety of non-profit and for profit organizations in his career as an accountant and business manager, and currently directs public sector finance, administration and contract operations for NC4 Inc., a California based company providing highly secure communication, collaboration, and situational awareness services to government and private industry.
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Government of the District of Columbia
Coming to the District from Philadelphia with a lot of time on his hands about 9 years ago, Randall brought a consistent adoration and respect for biking since riding his "Big Wheel" into the ground. Coming to the District to earn a Masters of Public Administration from American University, he made futile attempts to purchase and ride less-than-stellar department store bikes. After a few years of working as a budget analyst in Montgomery County and the District, he heard about the 2002 Tour de Friends ride from coworkers who happened to be members of Brother to Brother Sister to Sister United (BBSSU), a cycling team that works to educate and prevent the spread of HIV / AIDS in the District. After cycling with and then later becoming vice-president of BBSSU, he began his slow and continuing ride toward cycling education and advocacy. He has since been asked to be chair of the Pedestrian / Wheel committee of the Children's National Medical Center DC Injury Prevention Coalition: Injury Free Coalition for Kids - DC.
Scott has lived in the U Street/Logan Circle area of DC since 1989 and is strongly committed to urban living. Bicycling is an essential part of his work and recreational life. He commutes on a single-speed, basket- and fender-equipped machine, using dedicated DC bike lanes each way, and is on his road bike nearly every weekend year-round, either in the DC area or the West Virginia mountains. He is thrilled at the expansion of biking in the DC metro area in recent years and believes it is essential to continue that trend, with more public and private sector support for cycling in all forms. Scott leads the Universal Service Administrative Company, which is the non-profit corporation that administers four federal programs designed to ensure access to affordable telecommunications services and broadband Internet access for all Americans, including those living in rural areas, schools, libraries, and low income consumers. His is a biking family – his wife also commutes by bike and regularly rides around town, and his five year old son is just learning how to handle a bike as well.
Keya is a commuter cyclist, a mother, and an advocate for the role of bicycles in solving society’s ills. Keya learned how to ride a bike as a child in Gaithersburg, MD. She currently lives with her husband and son in Southwest Washington, DC, and enjoys biking to destinations in DC, MD, and VA. By day, Keya is the Senior Director for International Climate Policy at the World Wildlife Fund. She has previously served as a Climate Change Specialist for the US Agency for International Development and also worked on communicating climate issues in her previous work at NASA. Keya started her career as a Presidential Management Fellow in the US government, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in a national park in Morocco from 1998 to 2000. Her commentary on climate change policy and sustainability issues has been quoted in dozens of media outlets including USA Today, the New York Times, Fox News, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and NBC Nightly News. Keya is author of the book, The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Health Baby, which discusses the subject of bicycling while pregnant.
Eric Fingerhut leads his law firm's trademark practice by day but when he is not billing hours he is riding his bicycle. In addition to weekly road and mountain bike rides, Eric is a year-round commuter. Merging his passion and profession, last year Eric founded the International Cycling Law Association (ICLA), a non-profit providing low cost and free legal education to the bicycle industry, pro bono referrals for non-profits and startups and general business advice. Eric also is a fan of electric bicycles and sees them as an exciting opportunity for the industry to sell them as environmentally friendly alternatives to cars and motorcycles for short distance trips. He is thrilled to be part of WABA and looks forward to using his bicycle industry relationships to support WABA and its mission.
Peter Gray is a commuter cyclist using the Metropolitian Branch Trail alignment that WABA championed as he travels from Silver Spring to downtown DC. He has done bike touring in the Sierra mountains in eastern California, on Skyline Drive in Virginia, and in the back roads of Maryland. The last several years, asides from volunteering at various WABA events, he has been active with the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail, serving as Board Chair for four years. 20+ years ago when he moved to DC from the Midwest, he had stopped biking, but picked it up again in earnest after participating in Bike DC. In his spare time, he works for the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division, trying to keep prices down for consumers of telecommunications products. Every so often he gets his wife Nancy and his two post-high school kids to ride bikes with him. He is excited at the prospect of joining the WABA board to further advocacy for bicycling in Montgomery County and elsewhere in the DC metro area.
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Barbara Klieforth is an environmental scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency. More importantly, she's also manager of their stellar indoor bike parking facility in downtown DC. She has been a life-long cycling commuter, and recreational cyclist. An active member of WABA, she feels that DC has the potential to be a world-leader in making cycling a safe, convenient and fun transportation option. She lives in Prince George's County, MD, is editor of the College Park Area Bicycle Coalition's newsletter "Pedal Power" and can't wait for the Met Branch Trail to be a reality!
Philip Lyon is a public policy scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. and has been an active WABA volunteer since 2007. He began bike commuting in graduate school and quickly discovered that travelling to work and back could be the best part of the day. Phil is also a recreational cyclist who takes at least one major bike trip per year in the Pacific Northwest and can often be found on the roads and trails around DC. As a DC native who used to hike along the old B&O railroad tracks before they became the Capital Crescent Trail, Phil has seen how bikes and forward thinking have improved life in DC. Having spent many years working and studying in Europe, Phil is also committed to smart growth, urban living, and walkable communities. He is a devoted resident of Capital Hill. "Dr. Phil," as he is sometimes known, earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Maryland and holds an M.A. in international relations from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS).
Bo is a bike enthusiast and hoarder who specializes in “found parts” much like some artists focus on “found objects.” After years of tinkering with project bikes, he found a healthier outlet for this obsession through volunteering with organizations like The Bike House in DC and the Mount Rainier Bike Co-op to fix bikes for others. Bo is most excited when he’s able to introduce a new rider to the joys of cycling for sport or commuting. After a dozen years of volunteering and board work with other nonprofits in the DC area, he is ecstatic to join the WABA Board, where his passion for community building and cycling can merge. Bo and his wife Catherine Crum are lifetime WABA members and live in DC, where they are extremely proud of the progress in transportation infrastructure for bikes over the years. In his work life, Bo is a Branch Chief at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. His work in Rockville, MD affords him the luxury of a 30-mile round trip commute by bike when he can. On weekends, he’s mostly a mountain biker who enjoys the numerous local trails in the area.
Jim Titus rides relatively slowly along the roads of Prince George's County, often pulling a trailer with his daughter Kimmy. Although he also likes trails, when he enters a sidepath his daughter often shouts "Daddy get back on the road". Professionally, most of Jim's career has been spent identifying ways for coastal communities to prepare for the consequences of rising sea level. Jim also represents Prince George's County on the state of Maryland's Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. He was originally appointed to that position to ensure that the Committee had an advocate for inline skaters: "If you think drivers are unfriendly to cyclists, try taking a lane on skates."
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Bruce has been a daily bike commuter since moving to Reston in 1979. He worked for the U.S. Geological Survey doing Geographic Information Systems research, including helping to develop the digital National Atlas of the United States. In 1999 he left the USGS to bike across the U.S. from San Diego to St. Augustine with an Adventure Cycling group. He worked for Fairfax County Supervisor Cathy Hudgins for several years handling bicycle and pedestrian issues and developing and maintaining web content. Most recently he sold and repaired bikes@vienna. He helped form Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling in 2005 and is the current chairman. He was chairman of the Fairfax County Trails and Sidewalks Committee for several years and serves on the Tysons Land Use Task Force. Bruce and his wife Kerie Hitt take regular bike vacations around the U.S.