Southwest Region Director Based in La Crosse Carolyn grew up in a family of bicyclists in Glendale, WI where weekends were spent on local tours and family bike rides. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in Education at UWM and spent ten years teaching elementary school for Milwaukee Public Schools. She has spent the last fifteen years in the La Crosse community nurturing her family, supporting the educational system, touring the beautiful driftless region, and developing her commuting skills. Favorite bike: An Old Italian Bonita passed on to me from some friends. It is put together with a combination of mismatched parts and a sturdy steel frame. It is my comfortable, around town bike. Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: The summer that I was eleven, my parents took our family of seven, on Amtrak to La Crosse, and we rode our bicycles home to Milwaukee.
Planning Manager Based in Madison
Smart Trips Coordinator Based in Milwaukee Tony Giron promotes walking, biking, and transit riding as the Smart Trips Coordinator for the Riverwest and Harambee neighborhoods. After six years at Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance, he has worked on several different pilot programs focused in under-served communities. Favorite bike:Waterford touring bike Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: oined a group ride from Chicago to Milwaukee in February called the Frozen Snot Century. The ride lived up to its name.
Business Relations Director Based in Milwaukee
Education Project Manager Based in Milwaukee Jake manages Milwaukee’s Safe Routes to School education programs along with other youth education contracts. He also oversees The Valid Bike Shop team at Milwaukee’s North Division High School. He has a little girl, July Elisabeth, and looks forward to teaching her to ride a bike. When he’s not working or with family, Jake is captain of the Milwaukee Bike Polo Club and his team currently ranks 5th in the Midwest, 9th in North America, and 17th in the World. Favorite bike: My polo bike because I’ve put so much money and effort to keep it running smooth despite so much abuse.” Great memory of biking in Wisconsin: Riding home from a Brewers game on the Hank Aaron State Trail and passing the line of cars (with Illinois plates) barely creeping along after a huge win over the Cubs.