West Chester, Pennsylvania
While a childlike joy first connected me to riding and tinkering with bikes, I’m still growing in my understanding of cycling as a freedom practice. From my youth, I’ve cycled in several disciplines, including daily commuting, road racing, mountain, touring, fixed gear, gravel. In graduate school (2007-13), I shared my mechanic experience at a local bike co-op, which led me to a broader understanding of how bicycles can be instrumental to a more sustainable, just, and equitable society. In 2019, I completed CSI training and immediately connected CyclingSavvy to these ideals. I look forward to spreading the message.
North Bennington, Vermont
Bruce moved to Vermont in 2003 after retiring from the daily work world, regularly commuting to work in the Philadelphia suburbs. He became a member of the ABEA board through his experience and interest in cyclist and operator education. He’s also a past Motorcycle Safety Foundation instructor. He‘s a daily transportation rider in Bennington and a bicycle tourist at every opportunity.
The transportation environment includes not just built infrastructure, but also public perceptions of cyclists, pedestrians, and the role they play in our communities. Bruce’s strongest interests are in the maintenance of cyclist and pedestrian rights of access to our public thoroughfares, and improved safety and community relations through education in shared use — and shared responsibility — on the roadways.
Randy has been an active cyclist since 1998 when he and his family relocated from New Jersey to Southern California. In 1999, Randy started doing 24-hour mountain bike races with his three sons. Since then, he’s become an active participant in endurance cycling events and spends many training hours on the road. A professional instructor, Randy loves to share his passion and knowledge of cycling with others.
"If we want to grow our sport, it’s essential that both new and experienced cyclists learn how to be safe, be predictable, be relevant while riding, and enjoy their time on the bike. Riding should not be stressful; it should be stress-relieving! CyclingSavvy helps make the riding experience enjoyable and safe."
Randy and his son, Dan, operate Trail’s End Cycling Center in Irvine, CA.
I first learned to ride a bike in the common sense at age 7. Due to a visual disability, I cannot acquire a driver’s license. I once thought of this limitation as a severe one. I made some trips by foot, bike, and bus, and relied on friends and family members with cars to give me rides for some other trips. For the most part, however, the difficulty I had in traveling prevented me from living what most people would consider a full life.
I learned to DRIVE a bike at age 27, and it radically transformed my life. Suddenly I could go wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted, in a reliable, flexible, carefree manner. It felt as if I was no longer disabled.
Now I travel almost entirely by bicycle. I have found that good cycling habits provide me with more freedom and flexibility than I could ever achieve through driving a motor vehicle. I’ve cycled in ten states and the District of Columbia, on a wide variety of roads under a wide variety of conditions. I have made trips of up to 200 miles.
Charlotte, North Carolina
I grew up in a cycling family, getting my first set of wheels at age 6. But it was seeing a fatal car/bicycle collision in 2006 that truly encouraged me to learn how to ride and appreciate the sport. In 2016 I completed Cycling Savvy and in 2018, I became an instructor. During my free time, I volunteer manage a bike club in Charlotte that is geared toward getting more women involved safely into cycling.
St. Louis, Missouri
When I went to Orlando in 2011 to check out CyclingSavvy, I had been using my bicycle for transportation for well over a decade. I was already certified by another organization as a bicycle safety instructor. While I had heard amazing things about CyclingSavvy, I thought at most I might pick up a tip or two. Little did I know how little I knew. CyclingSavvy has transformed my bicycling, as well as my perspective on our public roadways. Discover what transportation freedom truly means!
Charlotte, North Carolina
Bethanie Johnson is a co-founder of CLT Bike Camp and the current ED of that organization. She has a special passion for working with children and youth, and since 2016 has combined that passion with her love of riding bikes to create a unique summer opportunity for children in Charlotte, NC to ride bikes around town and visit fun destinations in the community.