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Who's Who in Austin Biking

Last update: Jan. 2013

This list is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all the people who do important bicycle work in Austin, and it's a bit outdated. Still, if you know of someone who should be included (especially if that person is you), then let me know about it.
Please also remember those we've lost.

Current bike advocates

Annick Beaudet
Manager of the City's Bicycle Program. (9-09)
Dave Dobbs  contact info for media inquiries
Perhaps nobody, with the possible exception of Roger Baker, is as knowledgeable about the politics of local transportation planning as Dave Dobbs. He's been following these issues for decades, and he knows all about broken promises and the money trail. Dobbs is the Executive Director of the Texas Association for Public Transportation, and is the Democratic Party Precinct Judge for Travis County Precinct 323. (4-00)

Doug McLaren
Doug maintains a website with pictures from dozens and dozens of local social cycling rides.  He also helps moderate the Bicycle Austin email and web forums.  (11-12)

Fred Meredith  
[Update, 2019: Fred has sadly passed away.]  As editor of Southwest Cycling News print newspaper, Fred Meredith is the person chiefly responsible for informing the public about local cycling news. [Although we hope to rival him with this website. :-) ]   Fred is involved with cycling across a wide spectrum, including being an Effective Cycling instructor, a former participant in Critical Mass (it got too lawless for him), a commuter riding for alternative transportation, and a member of organized rides. The state of Austin cycling would be in a sorry state were in not for Fred.
Jeremy Rosen
Jeremy is the local funky bike builder, and a cofounder of the Austin Bike Zoo. He builds longjohns, dump trikes, high bikes, recumbents, and more. He also offers used bikes and inexpensive repairs.

Leslie Luciano
In 2004 Bicycle Sports Shop created a full-time Directory of Advocacy position and hired Leslie to fill it. Since then, Leslie has worked with local, state, and national groups, and has received Trek's "Advocate of the Year" award in 2009, 2010, and 2011. (more...) (1-13)

Michael Bluejay   contact info for media inquiries
Michael Bluejay maintains this website and the web forum, and hosts the email discussion list. He hosted The Bicycle Lane radio program from 1996-1999 and published the Car-Free World newsletter until around 2003. He doesn't doesn't own a car and doesn't even have a driver's license. (9-08)
Mike Dahmus  contact info for media inquiries
Mike is best known for his informative and well-informed transportation blog. He was appointed to the Urban Transportation Commission in March 2000 by Councilmember Daryl Slusher, then removed by Slusher in Feb. 2005, probably because Dahmus was critical of the commuter rail proposal for being overhyped. Fellow UTC member Patrick Goetz said of his efforts, "As far as concrete action goes, Tommy [Eden] and Mike have done more to further bicycle transportation issues in the last couple of years than everyone else in Austin combined times 4." (more...) (2-05)
Mike Librik
Mike Librik is an adamant cycle commuter (doesn't own a car), and a driving force behind the Bicycle Advisory Council. He also sits on the City's Parks and Recreation board. He owns Easy Street Recumbents along with Amy Babich, and hosts "The Right of Way", a radio program about car-free lifestyles on KOOP 91.7fm (every other Monday at 6:45pm). (3-00)
Preston Tyree
Preston is past president of the Austin Cycling Association, a staff member of the Texas Bicycle Coalition, a certified Effective Cycling Instructor, and a participant in a government-funded program to develop a nation-wide bicycle safety education curriculum for the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration.
Rob D'Amico
The driving force behind the 2006 resurrection of the League of Bicycling Voters.

Roger Baker  contact info for media inquiries
Perhaps nobody, with the possible exception of Dave Dobbs, is as knowledeable about the politics of local transportation planning as Roger Baker. He's been following these issues for decades, and he knows all about broken promises and the money trail. Roger's so important we have a separate page about him here.
Tommy Eden
Tommy, a dedicated cycle commuter, has been a driving force behind promoting biking in Austin. He sat on the city's Urban Transportation Commission for over five years, ending circa 2005. He was one of the original riders on Critical Mass, and helped started a "lite" version of Critical Mass to appeal to riders who wouldn't ride on Critical Mass otherwise. (That ride is no longer around.) He founded the Bicycle Lane radio program, has been active in the Bicycle Advisory Council and the UTC Bicycle Subcommittee, and writes regularly for Austin's Cycling News. Of his efforts fellow UTC member Patrick Goetz said "As far as concrete action goes, Tommy and Mike [Dahmus] have done more to further bicycle transportation issues in the last couple of years than everyone else in Austin combined times 4." (more...) (2-05)
Tom Wald
The executive director of the League of Bicycling Voters. (9-09)

"Retired" bike advocates

Amy Babich
A car-free cyclist, Amy is somewhat of a celebrity. In 1995, she started writing letters to the Austin Chronicle complaining about the lack of safe roadways, and the danger and environmental destructiveness of automobiles. Her letters have been published in the Chronicle at least monthly (often weekly), and her example has brought other cyclists out of the woodwork to write in as well -- as well as inciting the ire of angry car-loving letter-writers. Amy's suggestions are sometimes bizarre (movable parking garages?!), but she's living her vision of a car-free lifestyle. She deserves a lot of credit for keeping the issue of cycling in the forefront by her tireless submissions to our local weekly paper. Amy lost her bid for a seat on the Austin City Council in the May 2000 election. Amy is co-owner of Easy Street Recumbents along with Mike Librik.
Bobby Sledge
Bobby was a driving force behind the League of Bicycling Voters (LBV), a group initially established to fight the local helmet ordinance, and which went beyond that by making bicyclists an important political constituency in the 1996 City Council elections.
Charles Gandy
Gandy founded Bike Texas (then the Texas Bicycle Coalition) in the 80's and served as its executive director into the 90's. He's a former member of the Texas Legislature and ran unsuccessfully in the Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate. He was a consultant for the redesign of Shoal Creek Blvd., and many cyclists criticized his plan which allowed cars to keep parking in the bicycle lanes. (9-09)
David Baker
Dave is one of the original founders of the Yellow Bike Project (YBP). He helped start the YBP while he was the manager of Bikes Not Bombs (BnB). Shortly after launching the YBP, Dave left BnB to devote more time to the YBP. Around 2004, he moved out of Austin.
David Sully
David has been very active in bicycle advocacy work in Austin, and served on the City Planning Commission from 1994-99. Some of his bike-related accomplishments on the commission are listed below. In 2000 he served on the Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (along with cyclist Chris Riley, who was elected to the City Council in 2009),which monitors how the City spends the Nov. 1998 bond money. He has been a frequent speaker at public hearings, supporting bicycle projects. On the Planning Commission:
Doug Ballew
Doug Ballew is controversial since he was the person chiefly responsible for pushing Austin's widely unpopular helmet ordinance through the City Council. Ballew also lobbied the local daily newspaper to mention whether cyclists were wearing helmets in articles about cyclist injuries. This angered many local cyclists who were trying to get the Statesman to do the opposite, since media harping on whether the cyclists' had helmets on gives the impression that unhelmeted cyclists are to blame when they get hit, even if motorists are really at fault. Ballew also got the city to censor their link to this website, ostensibly on the grounds that we advocate illegal activity (we don't), but more likely because he's upset about the fact that we've pointed out in this section some of his controversial actions in this paragraph. Ballew is currently a Public Health Educator for the Travis County SuperCyclist Project, a part of the Health and Human Services Department. In this position he educates the public (mostly or primarily children) about bicycle safety and organizes programs to distribute free or low-cost helmets. (10-00)
Eric Anderson
Eric is a founding member of the Yellow Bike Project and has been active in Critical Mass. He came up with the idea for the Crosstown Bikeway and lobbied for it extensively, resulting in approval by the City and funding support from the federal government. He helped organize the 2-01 Austin Bike Summit. He's also been critical of our website, and took himself off our bicycle email forum.
Gayle Cummins.
Gayle is the former director of the Texas Bicycle Coalition, a group which works to promote cycling through advocacy and education, and works for cyclists' rights. When she took over TBC, she made a strong effort to refocus and revitalize the organization.
Keith Snodgrass
Keith is the former director of the city's Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, from 1997-1998. He left the position in Oct. 1998 for personal reasons. During his tenure, his program won City Council approval of Part II of The Bicycle Plan (the first effort to improve cycling in the city since the early 80's), and began work on implementing the plan. Most of the plan calls for new bikelanes and other roadway improvements. He was replaced by Linda DuPriest (see below).
Linda DuPriest
Moved to Austin in Feb. '99 to take the job of Austin's Bicycle Coordinator, overseeing the city's Bicycle Program. She succeeded Keith Snodgrass ('97-98), who succeeded Rick Waring (95-97). DuPriest kept a low profile, refusing to communicate with the cycling community by posting to the local bike email list, writing a short monthly column for Cycling News, or appearing on The Bicycle Lane Radio program (all things her predecessors did). She left the position in Feb. 2004, with an impressive list of improved roadways to her credit.
Michael Zakes
Michael Zakes owns Waterloo Cycles (2815 Fruth, 512-47-CYCLE) (which provides "tickets" at his shop to put on cars parked in bike lanes), and served on the City's Urban Transportation Commission from 1998-2000.

Patrick Goetz    contact info for media inquiries
Served on the City's Urban Transportation Commission as a consensus appointee, until being replaced by the City Council in July 2008. Served on the Triangle Traffic Committee in '98, and organized to repeal the helmet ordinance with the League of Bicycling Voters in '96-'97. (9-08)
Rick Waring
Rick was the first director of the city's Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, from around 1995-1997. During his tenure, the program got Part I of the Bicycle Plan passed by the Austin City Council.

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