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Board of Directors and Advisors

Tamara Basso Bensky
Bike Maryland Treasurer
CPA Myers and Stauffer LC

Tami Bensky has a very personal interest in bike safety and advocacy in Maryland.  She is the widow of Larry Bensky, an avid cyclist who was struck and killed in April 2010 while riding his bike in Baltimore County. An instant advocate, Tami used her knowledge of the legislative process to go to Annapolis merely six days after Larry’s collision to successfully lobby for the passage of the 3 Foot Law. Tami continued advocating for bike safety legislation in 2011, offering emotional testimony in favor of the Criminal Negligence bill, a law that took effect in October 2011. In addition to supporting Bike Maryland’s efforts in Annapolis, Tami has led the effort to organize Larry’s Ride, a Bike Maryland fundraiser held in Baltimore County.  This cycling event attracts participants at every level of ability and has raised nearly $50,000 in just two years.  A mother of two young girls, Tami Bensky has also designed L7 Apparel, a line of athletic clothing to honor Larry’s life and raise money for cycling advocacy in Maryland.

 
     

Bruce Cohen

Software Engineer, SRA International

 

Bruce Cohen is a software engineer, road cyclist and bike commuter.  He is a native Marylander  who can be frequently seen cycling the roads of Howard and nearby counties. Bruce holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Lafayette College and an MS degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University.  He lives with his very understanding wife and three children in Clarksville MD.

 

     

Kevin King

Associate Principal, Ayers Saint Gross, Architects and Planners

Kevin King is trained as an architect, engineer, and planner who focuses on long-term planning with colleges and universities around the world. Multi-modal transportation systems and community connections are key elements of campus planning.  To live the message, Kevin got rid of his car and bike commutes from his home in Towson to Locust Point when he is in town. Experiencing the positive effect of bike infrastructure in the city of Baltimore, Kevin feels strongly that balanced transportation systems are more important than ever. Better bike infrastructure improves connectivity for all ages, improves personal health, reduces air pollution, and reduces the economic burden of personal transportation.

 
     

Joe Lynagh
Bike Maryland President
Portfolio Manager, T. Rowe Price

Joe Lynagh works as portfolio manager within the fixed income division at T.Rowe Price. Joe grew up in the Baltimore area and now makes his home in Baltimore County. Joe regularly rides in the county and occasionally bike commutes to downtown Baltimore. His hope is for a safer, more robust bicycle community in Maryland.

 

 

     

Alex Obriecht
Owner, Race Pace Bicycles and Bella Bikes

Alex 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 both mountain and road riding as well as multi-week self-supported tours around the globe. His most recent trip was 4 weeks of riding in Patagonia. 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 many benefits to all involved.

 

 

     
Gorden Peltz
Attorney at Law

Gordon resides in Towson and is a Baltimore Bicycle Club Hall of Fame Member and an active League Certified Instructor. He has served many capacities for the Baltimore Bicycle Club, including as President and as a board member and still leads their Instructional Ride Program Series. Gordon has been involved in bicycle education matters including his service as a board member for the League of American Wheelman. He uses his expertise to contribute to Bike Maryland's Annual Tour du Port route management by training Course Marshalls.

 

 

     

Michael Sonnenfeld
Bike Maryland Secretary

Michael 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. 

 

 

     

Advisors

     

Greg Cantori
Bike Maryland President Emeritus

Greg recently completed 100,000 bicycle-commuting miles! He and his wife Renee have taken many 'human powered' vacations on their tandem that included Holland, France, England and Scotland. As a teenager, Greg used his three-speed 'English Racer' to explore many parts of Cairo, Egypt while living there for two years. Back in the USA, he witnessed the gas lines and frustration of the 1974 gas crises from his bicycle. His dad didn't get a driver’s license until into his fifties, preferring to spend that precious time reading and writing on buses, trains and while carpooling. Greg believes deeply that like all tools, cars are great for certain trips and that bicycling, walking and mass transit are better for many others. He lives in Pasadena, Maryland with his wife, two teenage daughters and dog Cosmo.

 

     

Dave 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

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. 

 

     

Richard Neuman
Bicycle Ambassador

Dick is a retired civil servant and an avid road cyclist. He has cycled in Scotland, New Zealand, Germany, France and Italy. He has also pedaled from Maine to Florida, from Seattle to San Diego, and six times across the U.S. from the Pacific to the Atlantic. The best part of Dick’s cycling experiences is the people he has met, some of whom have become wonderful friends and one of them a very special friend –his wife. Dick has served as a volunteer with the League of American Bicyclists, Habitat for Humanity, the Maryland Commission on Human Relations, and currently he serves as a mediator with the Consumer Protection Division in the Office of the Maryland Attorney General. With Bike Maryland Dick will focus on insuring that the needs of cyclists are not ignored during the design, construction and maintenance of Maryland’s roadways.

 

 

     
     

Avida R. Sotsky

Citizen Advocaet, Librarian, Clinical Social Worker

Adiva R. Sotzsky has been a citizen advocate for the passage of Manslaughter by Vehicle or Vessel – Criminal Negligence since 2005. Her husband, Harry was killed on a Maryland highway in July 2004. Mrs. Sotzsky's professional career was as a Clinical Social Worker and, as the librarian for the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms laboratories, and at the Tax and Trade Bureau where she provided research and resources to regulators, attorneys, and chemists. In addition to her advocacy work, Adiva continues to provide research for individuals and organizations, teaches basic computer skills to senior citizens, sails, and enjoys time with her family including her granddaughters and dog.

 
     
Heather Strassberger
AICP, Bicycle, Pedestrian & Human Services Transportation Planner,Baltimore Metropolitan Council

Heather 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 all travelers; 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.

 
     

Christopher Tsien

Chris lives in Columbia and generally rides with the Baltimore Bicycling Club, Glenelg Gang, and HoCoCyclists. Chris is on the Board of Bicycling Advocates of Howard County (BAHC) and is a member of the Sunrise Rotary Club of Ellicott City. He chaired the Columbia Association's Active Transportation Agenda Task Force and currently serves as BAHC's representative on the Technical Advisory Group for the Howard County Bicycle Master Plan. Chris is a newly minted League Cycling Instructor and has taught BAHC's annual Road Bike 101 course for the past few years. Chris is a lawyer focusing on business, corporate and commercial transactions.

 

 

 

Jennifer Toole, ASLA, AICP
President, Toole Design Group

Jennifer has worked for over 20 years in multi-modal planning and design, and serves as an expert consultant on bicycle and pedestrian projects throughout the United States. The Toole Design Group is a Maryland-based firm that specializes in bicycle and pedestrian planning and design. As a certified planner with a degree in Landscape Architecture, her experience includes hands-on project design, as well as, national and statewide research and planning initiatives. Jennifer served as the Principal Investigator for the 2012 edition of AASHTO’s Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities. Her firm is headquartered in Silver Spring and has offices in Boston, MA, Madison, WI, and Seattle, WA. 

 

John Z. Wetmore
Producer, Perils for Pedestrians

John has been the host of "Perils For
Pedestrians" since 1996. The title of the
television series is totally misleading. John
talks about bicycles, transit, and urban design,
as well as about pedestrians. And he looks at
good examples as much as at perils. It is much
more subversive to look at a good example -- it
often inspires that very important question, "why
don't we do that?". Taping the program has taken
him to all 50 states and over a dozen countries.
When he isn't on the road, he does freelance
video production in the Washington, DC, area.