The 2023-2024 BikeLoud PDX Board of Directors, as of September 20, 2023.
Chair: Nic Cota
Nic (he/him) is a licensed civil engineer living carfree in North Portland with his wife Jenna and their dog Fresno. A bike commuter since high school, Nic has been a proponent of bike-oriented, auto-independent living. He specifically moved to Portland to live a car-light life and feel safe as a frequent bike rider. Through the pandemic, Nic has been motivated to get as many of his neighbors to start getting around by bikes/scooters/feet/transit and to support active transportation projects. He is also the transportation chair for the Overlook Neighborhood Association.
Vice Chair: (pending new officer election)
Secretary: Kiel Johnson
In 2011 Kiel received an Alice Award for his work organizing bike trains. He worked as a bike safety instructor for the BTA as well as a bicycle delivery person for UPS. Ten years ago he started Go By Bike which operates the largest bike valet in North America. Over those ten years Go By Bike has parked over 500,000 bikes. Kiel was one of the founding members of Businesses For A Better Portland and served as treasurer for Chris Smith’s Metro campaign. He lives in the Cully Green co-housing community with his partner, Kate, and 3 year old daughter.
Treasurer: Mark Linehan
Mark (he/him) is a recreational and touring bicyclist going way back, with bicycle commuting mixed in. After moving to Portland almost 5 years ago, he commuted by bike daily for 3 years until the start of the pandemic. He’s involved in BikeLoud PDX as a way to push for more and safer bicycling streets, improved community education about cycling, and better laws regarding bicycling.
Board Member: David Binnig
David Binnig is a public policy master’s student at Portland State University, a longtime bartender, and a preferential bike commuter. Born in Cleveland, he lives in Southeast Portland with his wife and young daughter, who enjoys napping in the cargo bike.
Board Member: Steve "Chezz" Cheseborough
(Joined the board on 1/18/2023)
I've been involved with BikeLoud for a few years but our lawsuit against the city has gotten me more excited about this organization and our prospects of really improving things. I'm also enthused about the effort to make Powell safer, and the opposition to the I-5 widening. It won't be easy but let's try to straighten out this town and make it safer and happier for bicyclists.
I've been car-free for two years. Been riding a bike around Portland since I moved here 17 years ago. I deliver Meals On Wheels by bike, get to my music gigs by bike, and have led several great Pedalpalooza rides including the Coffee Roasting Ride, Yodeling Ride, Pickle Ride and Hula Hoop Ride.
Board Member: Nick Flowers
Nick Flowers is an urban and regional planning master's student at Portland State University. Also working as an administrative staff member at the university, Nick has a background in communications, and believes strongly in the value bicycles provide to community building.
Board Member: Eva Frazier
I've always loved bicycles, but I never knew I'd grow up to own a shop that sells them. Everywhere I've lived, I've used active transportation to get around. At one point this was because I wasn't old enough to drive, at other points, this was because owning a car was too expensive or too inconvenient. Now I choose to bike because I truly believe bicycles are the best way to get around a city. I've never considered myself an activist or advocate, but instead I'm making my mark on the world through my actions--getting more butts on bikes.
Board Member: Vivek Jeevan
Vivek is interested in the ways healthy transportation can help ourselves, our communities, and the world. Vulnerable road users have great rights that he’d like everyone to know. Vivek’s primary job is in safety compliance, so he knows what it takes to build a culture of safety.
Vivek helped launch a successful bicycle collective, volunteered with his city’s Public Works transportation department, and founded Corvallis Right of Way, a traffic education non-profit focused on vulnerable road users. As a bicycling traffic instructor, you’ll find him in the community teaching about safety.
Board Member: Aaron Kuehn
(Joined the board on 1/18/2023)
Aaron joined the Board of Directors because he rides a bicycle — and he's LOUD! Last year he wrote an analysis of our invisible Portland Bicycle Wayfinding, and then he studied the RideReport and Strava Metro datasets to find out exactly WHERE people are riding. Now he wants to test out new wayfinding concepts on our most popular network, to make it visible, protected, and completely interconnected to great places and public spaces. And he also plans to help BikeLoud with what it is doing, because this is an amazing group right now that together will get us to 25% modeshare!
Board Member: Shawne Martinez
Shawne (he/him) is a stay at home Dad that rides his box bike with his daughter all around PDX. (10k miles in 2 years!) He volunteers with Tigard Transportation Advisor Committee and special walk/roll events with their school. Getting more families to walk/roll/bike to school is important to him as he promotes Safe Routes to Schools in his neighborhood.
Board Member: Estelle Morley
(Joined the board in December, 2022.)
Estelle (she/her) moved from Florida to Portland in 2009 to challenge herself to live car-free, after learning about the city as a leader in bicycling culture and infrastructure. Fast-forward to 2021 when Estelle was hit by a drunk motorist while riding her bicycle home, enduring horrific bodily damage. After extensive hospitalization and rehab, she's been motivated to shift from bicycle advocate, to activist for safer roads for even the most vulnerable road user. Leading her first group bicycle ride as part of Pedalpalooza 2021, she memorialized the day she survived being hit by riding along with dozens of local Portlanders supporting and remembering other victims and survivors of vehicular violence. Since then, she has discovered her voice and begun submitting letters to ODOT & PBOT, attending demonstrations, and speaking at committee and city meetings calling for safer infrastructure for all, and the desperate need to fund it.
Board Member: Joe Perez
(Joined the board on 1/18/2023)
It is pretty great to ride a bicycle in Portland AND it can be so much better with more infrastructure, more encouragement, and more connections. I ride a bike almost every day to work, to have fun, to do errands and to stay healthy. I want to be car free and I need help to get there. The Board and BikeLoud members can help all Portlanders think and act in ways to make bicycling safer for all ages and abilities across the city. Working together, we can build a better Portland by making conditions for change more visible and easier to choose.
I joined the Board to help take Portland to the next level. Portland is the largest U.S. city with a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community rating. Portland could and should be more like Amsterdam, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Groningen, Utrecht, Munster, Antwerp, or Malmo. As the current Vice Chair of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee, I would like to help get us there.
Board Member: Sara Risser
Sarah (she/her) believes that the best way to address our dual road-safety and climate crises is to ensure Portland has abundant safe, interconnected, and accessible public and active transit systems in place so that everyone who wants to bike feels safe, comfortable, and confident doing so. Sarah would like to bike more but is held back by road safety concerns. Even so, she is intentionally transitioning to a car-free lifestyle. Sarah spends most of her time and energy advocating for safe roads. In addition to that, she often takes on photography and writing projects.
Board Member: Meghan Sinnott
Meghan (she/her) moved to Portland in 2001 to attend Lewis & Clark College where she wrote her thesis about bicycle subcultures of Portland. She's been involved in the active transportation and bike fun since, acting as Filmed by Bike's Cultural Liaison on their Marketing Advisory Board, organizing and promoting bicycle events (including Oregon Manifest, Pedalpalooza, the Midnight Mystery Ride, the Tweed Ride, The World Naked Bike Ride, and more), teaching the Share the Road Safety Class, and working for Nutcase Helmets as Global Marketing Director. She lives car-free in NE Portland, OR with her husband, two step-kids, and bicycle-loving co-pilot, Aster the dog.
Board Member: Kristin Sweeney
Kristin (she/her) is a geologist, environmental science professor, and map enthusiast who grew up biking in Portland. She believes in biking as a societal and emotional good, and rides for recreation, transportation, and all-around fun. She lives in North Portland with her husband, son, a well-loved cargo bike, and lots of plants.
Board Member: Cathy Tuttle
Cathy (she/her) is an urban design and planning professional. She worked for the City of Seattle for many years before founding several climate action groups including the Seattle Neighborhood Greenways (SNG) active transportation advocacy group. Cathy led SNG for nearly a decade and still serves on the SNG Board. She moved to Portland in 2021 to see if biking was better here. Cathy is the recipient of many awards for her work in urban design & community building including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Public Service Award that she received jointly with Greg Raisman from PBOT in 2016.