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Bike Walk Tompkins board members and staff

Bike Walk Tompkins (BWT) grew out of the organizing group for Streets Alive! Ithaca and provides a central push for active transportation (i.e. biking and walking) in Tompkins County. We work collaboratively with other people and organizations to influence and change the culture and infrastructure for biking and walking in Ithaca and Tompkins County so that more people can embrace active transportation in their everyday lives. By making walking and biking more prevalent, our community will reap the multiple health, environmental, economic and social benefits associated with strong active transportation networks.  

Bike Walk Tompkins was formally organized in May 2014 as a project of the Center for Transformative Action, and in July we hired our first program director. In 2016, BWT moved to our current home at The Center for Community Transportation, an Ithaca-based non-profit with the mission of enhancing community access to transportation which also includes Ithaca Carshare. BWT has been generously funded in part by the Park Foundation.

 

STAFF

VICTORIA ARMSTRONG, DIRECTOR   Victoria Armstrong is the Director and Co-Founder of Bike Walk Tompkins based in Ithaca NY.   Ms Armstrong has played a critical role in developing bike advocacy projects for Ithaca and Tompkins County, including Bike To Work Day, held annually since 2011;  Streets Alive! ,an open streets event, held twice yearly since 2012; and the  Streets Alive!  Film Festival,held annually since 2014.  She co-founded the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network (BDTEN) in 2006 and co-led the effort to create the Tompkins Priority Trails Strategy Paper in 2013.  As Director of Bike Walk Tompkins, she oversees the growth of BWT's many visionary projects and continues to be a tenacious advocate for active transportation.  Ms Armstrong was drawn into the world of urban bike advocacy back in 1990 in Toronto, Canada when she joined the team that dreamed up the magnificently creative Re-Cycled Bike Art Auction. She then stepped into leadership positions with the City of Toronto's Bike to Work Week and the 2nd Annual International Auto-Free Cities conference, which followed the 1st Annual hosted by Transportation Alternatives in 1991.  To this day she can still be found at the confluence of bikes, art, music, dance, and politically astute change-making.     Contact Victoria at    director@bikewalktompkins.org

VICTORIA ARMSTRONG, DIRECTOR

Victoria Armstrong is the Director and Co-Founder of Bike Walk Tompkins based in Ithaca NY.   Ms Armstrong has played a critical role in developing bike advocacy projects for Ithaca and Tompkins County, including Bike To Work Day, held annually since 2011; Streets Alive!,an open streets event, held twice yearly since 2012; and the Streets Alive! Film Festival,held annually since 2014.  She co-founded the Black Diamond Trail Enthusiasts Network (BDTEN) in 2006 and co-led the effort to create the Tompkins Priority Trails Strategy Paper in 2013.  As Director of Bike Walk Tompkins, she oversees the growth of BWT's many visionary projects and continues to be a tenacious advocate for active transportation.

Ms Armstrong was drawn into the world of urban bike advocacy back in 1990 in Toronto, Canada when she joined the team that dreamed up the magnificently creative Re-Cycled Bike Art Auction. She then stepped into leadership positions with the City of Toronto's Bike to Work Week and the 2nd Annual International Auto-Free Cities conference, which followed the 1st Annual hosted by Transportation Alternatives in 1991.  To this day she can still be found at the confluence of bikes, art, music, dance, and politically astute change-making.

Contact Victoria at director@bikewalktompkins.org

HECTOR CHANG, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR   Hector joined the team in 2017 to launch a community-led vision and action plan for better bicycling in Ithaca and Tompkins County, as well as kickstart a community-wide bikesharing program in Ithaca and Cornell University. Previously, he worked at Way2Go of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County as a Transportation Research Assistant, where he provided community and stakeholder educational outreach through the SmartTrips Ithaca and Move Together NY projects. Hector graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies; walks, bikes, or takes TCAT wherever he goes in Ithaca; and is (also) a proud Canadian.   Contact Hector at    hector@bikewalktompkins.org

HECTOR CHANG, ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION COORDINATOR

Hector joined the team in 2017 to launch a community-led vision and action plan for better bicycling in Ithaca and Tompkins County, as well as kickstart a community-wide bikesharing program in Ithaca and Cornell University. Previously, he worked at Way2Go of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County as a Transportation Research Assistant, where he provided community and stakeholder educational outreach through the SmartTrips Ithaca and Move Together NY projects. Hector graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Urban and Regional Studies; walks, bikes, or takes TCAT wherever he goes in Ithaca; and is (also) a proud Canadian.

Contact Hector at hector@bikewalktompkins.org

 

STEERING COMMITTEE

FERNANDO DE ARAGÓN   Fernando is the Director of the Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council, and has been since 1998. Through his work, he has helped expand services that provide alternatives to single occupancy vehicle use, such as carsharing, multi-use trails, bike and pedestrian facilities, and expanded transit.

FERNANDO DE ARAGÓN

Fernando is the Director of the Ithaca Tompkins County Transportation Council, and has been since 1998. Through his work, he has helped expand services that provide alternatives to single occupancy vehicle use, such as carsharing, multi-use trails, bike and pedestrian facilities, and expanded transit.

KARIM BEERS   Karim is the Program Coordinator of Get Your GreenBack Tompkins and a founding member of Streets Alive! Ithaca. He has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He yearns for a community in which he feels comfortable allowing his two sons to ride their bikes.

KARIM BEERS

Karim is the Program Coordinator of Get Your GreenBack Tompkins and a founding member of Streets Alive! Ithaca. He has a Masters in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University. He yearns for a community in which he feels comfortable allowing his two sons to ride their bikes.

JENNIFER DOTSON   Jennifer is the Executive Director of Ithaca Carshare and has led the organization through launch as the first independent non-profit carsharing organization in New York State. Jennifer also serves on the TCAT Board of Directors. She believes that bikes and gardening just might save the world.

JENNIFER DOTSON

Jennifer is the Executive Director of Ithaca Carshare and has led the organization through launch as the first independent non-profit carsharing organization in New York State. Jennifer also serves on the TCAT Board of Directors. She believes that bikes and gardening just might save the world.

KENT JOHNSON   Kent is a Transportation Engineer in the City of Ithaca’s Department of Public Works. His work includes a variety of transportation-related issues with a particular focus on bicycle and pedestrian projects such as Safe Routes to School and the City of Ithaca's bike boulevard network.

KENT JOHNSON

Kent is a Transportation Engineer in the City of Ithaca’s Department of Public Works. His work includes a variety of transportation-related issues with a particular focus on bicycle and pedestrian projects such as Safe Routes to School and the City of Ithaca's bike boulevard network.

MARGARET JOHNSON   Margaret is a Lecturer for the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, where her teaching and research work focuses on best practices for government evaluation. In her off-work hours, she is the Vice-president and Secretary of the Finger Lakes Cycling Club and is passionate about getting more women cycling.

MARGARET JOHNSON

Margaret is a Lecturer for the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs, where her teaching and research work focuses on best practices for government evaluation. In her off-work hours, she is the Vice-president and Secretary of the Finger Lakes Cycling Club and is passionate about getting more women cycling.

TOM KNIPE   Tom is the Deputy Director for Economic Development for the City of Ithaca. He is also a founding member of Streets Alive! Ithaca, wrote the Ithaca Neighborhood Greenways Plan, and previously directed Portland's Safe Routes to School and hands-on bicycle programs.

TOM KNIPE

Tom is the Deputy Director for Economic Development for the City of Ithaca. He is also a founding member of Streets Alive! Ithaca, wrote the Ithaca Neighborhood Greenways Plan, and previously directed Portland's Safe Routes to School and hands-on bicycle programs.

TIM LOGUE   Tim is Director of Engineering Services for the City of Ithaca's Department of Public Works, with responsibility in areas including multi-modal transportation engineering and planning, trail development, traffic signal systems, traffic calming, and capital project management.

TIM LOGUE

Tim is Director of Engineering Services for the City of Ithaca's Department of Public Works, with responsibility in areas including multi-modal transportation engineering and planning, trail development, traffic signal systems, traffic calming, and capital project management.

SUE POWELL   Sue has 15 years experience as Active Transportation Coordinator for Cornell University. She is the staff advisor for Big Red Bikes, Cornell's student bicycle advocacy group, and works with university staff to implement bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements.

SUE POWELL

Sue has 15 years experience as Active Transportation Coordinator for Cornell University. She is the staff advisor for Big Red Bikes, Cornell's student bicycle advocacy group, and works with university staff to implement bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements.

DAVID WEST   David is an urban planner at Randall + West, a planning firm based out of downtown Ithaca. You can see him walking, biking, or riding his scooter all over Ithaca as he goes about his day.

DAVID WEST

David is an urban planner at Randall + West, a planning firm based out of downtown Ithaca. You can see him walking, biking, or riding his scooter all over Ithaca as he goes about his day.

 

THANK YOU

Many thanks to our first Program Director Rena Scroggins, website designer Mary Buehler, logo designer Jess Confer, photographers Edna Brown and Simon Wheeler, and previous Steering Committee members Phoebe Brown, Lois Chaplin, Daniel Keough, Jeanne Leccese, Jonathan Maddison, Davi Mozie, and Steven Powell.

We'd also like to give a big special thank you to our donors and supporters. Thank you!