Officers

Jacob Adams

Jacob Adams

President

CyclingSavvy Instructor
Gainesville, Florida

I‘ve been cycling my whole life and have done it all; casual riding, commuting, group riding, fitness riding, touring, racing, delivery riding, etc. Cycling Savvy completely changed my riding and my relationship to the road and the others using it. I believe that it represents the very best and most effective safe cycling strategy there is. I believe that the key to Cycling Savvy’s effectiveness is that it depends less on infrastructure to make cyclists safe and more on the bike driver themselves. Removing external barriers to ensuring safe travel by bike and empowering cyclists to safely navigate any road with confidence is what makes Cycling Savvy special. I am honored to join the Board of Directors for the ABEA and work to give others the gift of savvy cycling that I have received.

jacob@abea.bike

Randy Profeta

Randy Profeta

Treasurer

CyclingSavvy Instructor
Irvine, California

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.

randy@abea.bike

Eli Damon

Eli Damon

Secretary

CyclingSavvy Instructor
Easthampton, Massachusetts

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.

eli@abea.bike

Directors

Michael Burns

Michael Burns

CyclingSavvy Instructor
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.

michael@abea.bike

Gary Cziko

Gary Cziko

CyclingSavvy Instructor
Los Angeles, California

I fell in love with cycling when I first learned to balance on two wheels well over 50 years ago in New York City. Since then I have explored all aspects of cycling including commuting, touring on five continents, and racing on road and dirt. Despite my many miles and years in the saddle, CyclingSavvy was a revelation to me when I took the course in 2011 and it made cycling even more fun for me. I brought the first CyclingSavvy classes to Illinois, California and Arizona and look forwarding to helping expand the best traffic cycling program in the U.S. to more states and cities.

gary@abea.bike

Nadine Ford

Nadine Ford

CyclingSavvy Instructor
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.

nadine@abea.bike

Karen Karabell

Karen Karabell

CyclingSavvy Instructor
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!

karen@abea.bike

Bruce Lierman

Bruce Lierman

CyclingSavvy Instructor
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.

bruce@abea.bike