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Nina Mohammed – Executive Director (Beaumont)
Nina Mohammed – Executive Director (Beaumont)
 
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Nina Mohammed – Executive Director (Beaumont)
 
Growing up in Ethiopia as a daughter of a bicycle wholesaler, my relationship with bikes started at a young age . At age 5, I rode a tricycle because I was too small to ride anything larger at the time. Around 3rd grade I started riding a bike with training wheels and remember trying to not have the training wheels touch the ground, by which I was able to balance well enough to have those removed a month later.
 
By 6th grade I wasn’t quite tall enough to ride my brother’s adult sized bicycle so I had to stand on the pedals and jump off when I needed to stop. Those are my most fond memories of childhood. Bikes were nominally used in my high-school, college, and early work years. It wasn’t until I got a job 15 years later at the City of Grand Terrace that I finally decided to start using my bike. Motivated by a desire to improve my health by conquering the embarrassingly short 1-mile commute, I resurrected my childhood passion for biking.
 
My work in the City of Grand Terrace had also introduced me to Active Transportation Program Grant, which brought me into the realm of alternative modalities of transportation. With this new mindset, my household is becoming more bicycle friendly, as I am teaching my nieces to ride so they can bike to school. Getting more kids to bicycle has become my goal and passion now, to give every kid an opportunity to experience a childhood that involves riding a bike.
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Marven Norman - Policy Director (Colto
Marven Norman - Policy Director (Colton)
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Marven Norman - Policy Director (Colton)
 
Like every young American, I had several bikes as a boy. However, they spent the majority of the time in the garage collecting dust. It wasn't until I discovered Mr. Money Mustache's personal finance blog in 2011 that I really became interested in biking as a form of transportation. I bought a bike in an effort to save a couple bucks and quickly realized that the Inland Empire is in serious need of improved bikeability. As a result, I started to get involved in local planning and projects seeking to improve biking conditions in the region.

After getting involved in local bikeway planning, I started studying more about best practices online, in published research materials, and from several internet sources. That led me to take trips to several other cities nationwide as well in Europe where biking is more prevalent to better understand best practice and how to properly design facilities that provide better protection and rider comfort than designs that are currently in use in the area. This experience has been invaluable to me and to bicyclists in the area

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Victoria Jones - Outreach Coordinator (Rancho Cucamunga)
Victoria Jones - Outreach Coordinator (Rancho Cucamunga)
 
Victoria Jones - Outreach
 
Victoria Jones is the President of the Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail promoting healthy lifestyles on the PE Trail. Her commitment to raising awareness of the PE Trail extends to neighboring municipalities, schools and community groups.  She helped develop the “Trail Enhancement Program” with the city of Rancho Cucamonga for local businesses or individuals to donate towards trail amenities such as: rest stops, benches, trees, pet stations, bike racks, etc., for the community to enjoy. To date this program has donated over $60,000.00 to the city of Rancho Cucamonga.  She sits on the Healthy RC Steering Committee with the city in a leadership capacity as co-chair and on sub-committees on initiatives to the General Plan such as Farmers Markets, Community Gardens and Complete Streets.  She co-produces the annual Cucamonga Challenge for the Friends which is combined with the cities Wellness Fair, attracting 300 – 400 participants annually.   In addition to her role as president, she also has added responsibilities of the Director of Development, expanding partnerships with community groups, schools, neighboring municipalities, local hospitals and universities, etc.  She is also a member of the Inland Empire Bicycle Alliance promoting the expansion of bike trails in the Inland Empire. She is an avid bike rider who participated in the LA Marathon for several years and more recently, rides in and supports CicLAvia which promotes bike usage and safety.  When she’s not riding or walking on the PE Trail, you can find her enjoying her next favorite hobby, gardening in her retreat. She’s a ninth generation California native and currently resides in Rancho Cucamonga.
 
2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
 
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Eric Lewis- President (Riverside/Moreno Valley)
Eric Lewis- President (Riverside/Moreno Valley)
 Eric Lewis- President (Riverside/Moreno Valley)
 
Eric Lewis- President (Riverside/Moreno Valley)
 
It’s hard to believe I have been riding a bicycle for over 40 years! As a teenager, my Schwinn BMX bike served as the primary mode of transportation to get me where I wanted to go. Cycling long distance eventually translated to racing in both open road and criterium events. Although my racing experience was not so illustrious, the passion for cycling still remains. Having ridden thousands of miles on just about every major roadway in the Inland Empire, I have experienced all types of cycling environments and infrastructure. It is clear that major changes are needed in the way that elected officials, engineers, and planners provide for the needs of people on bikes.

As President of the IEBA, my charge is to advocate for a better cycling culture for all riders, regardless of age or ability, and I am confident that we will effect positive and lasting change for many generations to come. See you on the road!
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Robert Neiuber-Vice President (Rancho Cucamonga)
Robert Neiuber-Vice President (Rancho Cucamonga)
 
 

Robert Neiuber - Vice President (Rancho Cucamonga)

 

Growing up, I remember riding my bike on my street, to school and eventually all around town to visit friends.  My first job was as a paperboy for the Progress Bulletin, and I actually got paid to ride my bike.  Unfortunately, once I had a car, my bike riding came to an end. Many  many years later, in 2009, with the encouragement of my wife Robin,  I began to bike again.  I did it as a way to exercise and stuck mostly to the just finished sections of the Pacific Electric Trail running through Rancho Cucamonga.  As I biked more, I ventured out onto the streets and began riding on my own and with local groups as well as participating in cycling events like the Redlands RUFF Ride, Tour de Cure, and the LA River Ride.


In October 2010, I attended CicLAvia in downtown LA and that sparked my interested in Bike Advocacy.  I started volunteering with the Friends of the Pacific Electric Trail, and in 2012, I attended an eight day  Fundraising Academy put on by the Academy for Grassroots Organizations.  In 2011, I joined the Los angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and was on the steering committee for their local chapter, the Pomona Valley Bicycle Coalition, when it was formed in 2012.  I attended an early Inland Empire Bicycle Alliance (IEBA) meeting and have participated in rides and fund raisers with IEBA since its inception.   In 2013, I participated in League of American Bicyclists training with the Orange County Wheelmen and the LACBC and received my League Cycling Instructor certification in May.  Since then, I have taught or assisted in teaching numerous Traffic Safety 101 classes to the community.
 
As Vice President I hope to continue to teach similar bike safety classes throughout the Inland Empire to adults and children, advocate for safety, encourage people to use bikes for short trips and commuting, and look for efficient and effective way to provide education on the rules of the road to cyclists and motor vehicle drivers. When I am not riding my bike, I work as a Human Resources Director/RiskManager for a municipality in the Inland Empire.
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Mike Federis - Treasurer (Riverside)
Mike Federis - Treasurer (Riverside)
Mike Federis


Mike Federis - Treasurer

 
Mike is a military veteran and former bodybuilder... currently he is a hiker, trail runner, cyclist, safety specialist and just generally into physical activities in the I.E.  He likes to record and vlog his activities on youtube as well and is committed to helping IEBA grow and expand their goals, reach and organization.
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John Gravois- Bike Co-Op Director (Redlands)
John Gravois- Bike Co-Op Director (Redlands)
   

 

John Gravois- Bike Co-Op Director (Redlands)

 
John discovered the joys of commuting by bike on the friendly streets of Los Angeles in 2005.   He has served as a Director of the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen, a nonprofit, "Do It Yourself" repair shop, and is also a qualified League of American Cyclists Certified Instructor (#2307). John has taught bicycle repair, maintenance and safety classes all over California and founded BikeBBQ in 2010 to bring DIY bike maintenance to the streets of Redlands.
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Anna Rahtz Jaiswal- Director (Redlands)
Anna Rahtz Jaiswal- Director (Redlands)
 Anna Rahtz Jaiswal- Director (Redlands)  

 

Anna Rahtz Jaiswal- Director (Redlands)


Anna Rahtz is a Redlands resident who enjoys biking and walking in her community.  In her day job she is the Acting Director of Planning at Omnitrans, the public transit agency for the San Bernardino V alley.  She also serves on the Redlands Traffic and Parking Commission and hopes to improve the region's transportation system for those who walk, bike, or ride transit.  In addition to five years of non-motorized transportation planning experience, she also volunteered for a start-up bicycle kitchen called Cycle-Re-Cycle in Benton Harbor, Michigan in 2010-2011.  
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Dustin Foster- Director (Redlands)
Dustin Foster- Director (Redlands)
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Jorge Heredia- Director (San Bernardino)
Jorge Heredia- Director (San Bernardino)
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Cuong Pho Trihn-Director (Rancho Cucamonga)
Cuong Pho Trihn-Director (Rancho Cucamonga)
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Robert Patterson- Director (Redlands)
Robert Patterson- Director (Redlands)
 
 
Many many years later, in 2009, with the encouragement of my wife Robin,  I began to bike again.  I did it as a way to exercise and stuck mostly to the just finished sections of the Pacific Electric Trail running through Rancho Cucamonga.  As I biked more, I ventured out onto the streets and began riding on my own and with local groups as well as participating in cycling events like the Redlands RUFF Ride, Tour de Cure, and the LA River Ride.
 
 
ADVISORY MEMBERS
 
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Greg Armstrong (Rancho Cucamonga)
Greg Armstrong (Rancho Cucamonga)
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Colleen Friis (Redlands)
Colleen Friis (Redlands)
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Zak Shwank (Temecula)
Zak Shwank (Temecula)
I was diagnosed with a heart condition in May of 2010. After two years of tests and medications to help my condition I started exercising. Six months into my workouts I was given a bike from a friend. My trainer is a triathlete and is teaching me cycling. I got my first road bike in April of 2012 and now ride about 100 miles a week with a small group in Highland.
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Eric Goodman(Highland)
Eric Goodman(Highland)
I was diagnosed with a heart condition in May of 2010. After two years of tests and medications to help my condition I started exercising. Six months into my workouts I was given a bike from a friend. My trainer is a triathlete and is teaching me cycling. I got my first road bike in April of 2012 and now ride about 100 miles a week with a small group in Highland
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Victoria Jones - Outreach (Rancho Cucamunga)
Victoria Jones (Rancho Cucamunga)
 
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  Previous Board & STAFF 
Mark Friis frmr board 

Mark Friis- founder and former Executive Director (Redlands)

 

It was 17 yrs ago that the course of my life changed as the bicycle slowly began to encompass my life. After doing almost everything possible on the bike I thought it was time to start giving more time and energy to the lifestyle that has given me so much. Over the years I have logged over 100,000 miles, managed to become a Cat 3 racer and MTBer, ridden in 16 states,Europe and Canada. Still I always treasure the adventures of riding a bicycle.Now my focus is on giving everyone a chance to have the same feeling of freedom I enjoy, especially to children.

   
John Osborne- former Treasurer(Redlands)

 

As a resident of the Inland Empire since 1975 and more recently of Redlands since 1988; John is an advocate of healthy and safe life styles. He is a passionate cyclist desiring to improve the quality and safety of life in the Inland Empire. He is a board certified Emergency Physician and has practiced at Riverside Community Hospital Emergency Department since 1981.


  Duston Foster - Former Board Member (Redlands) 


Has moved to Sacramento Cal Trans.  Wishing you success Dustin!
   
Kirsty Norman-Hameleers- Secretary (Colton)

As a Dutch girl I was basically born and definitely raised on a bike. From 7th grade onwards your bike is your first and oftentimes your only mode of transportation. When you go to college, you can add free public transport to that, but having permanent access to a car is hardly part of your choices until you land yourself a grown-up job after getting some form of a degree. And even then owning a car is optional because the majority of the trips will be close enough to ride and especially in the urban areas it will likely also be fastest to ride your bike to your destination. Several of my closest friends were raised in car-free families and never felt like they missed something. Those families are car-free by choice, not by necessity. 
Never having owned a car, but always the owner of at least one bike (and even three bikes over the past three years, where each bike was in a different city and every single one was used at least once a week) I was quite shocked when I first visited the IE on my first ever trip to the USA. Enormous gaps of lack of sidewalk, tremendously high speed limits (especially within city limits) and streets so wide that everybody exceeds those by at least 50%, humongous pot holes and most of all a complete lack of bike infrastructure proved to be a big culture shock. So much so that I went from riding my bike literally everywhere in the Netherlands to being too afraid to ride my bike to the small shopping center down the street by myself in the IE. Not only does that make me feel locked up in my own home and feeling like I've lost all my freedom, it also eliminated my free and fun daily work-out, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle has become a major challenge where that used to never even cross my mind. 
My husband, Marven Norman introduced me to the amazing work the IEBA has been doing in the last three years; they have fought long and hard for better infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians. Being part of the Inland Empire Biking Alliance and their quest comes naturally to me. This way I can contribute to making the IE easily and comfortably accessible to anyone who cannot or chooses to not drive a car. 
 Cuong Phu Trinh - (Rancho Cucamonga)

It was during high school when I got my first full-sized mountain bike. My older brother took up mountain biking as a hobby and I was fortunate enough to get his hand-me-down. However, in my previous career as a producer at CBS Television in Los Angeles, I never considered commuting to Hollywood or Studio City by bicycle, as I either drove or took a Metro bus to work.
My occasional weekends spent visiting the San Francisco Bay area exposed me to a bikes and transit-oriented environment, vastly different than auto-centric Los Angeles. After several years as a member of the news media I wanted to become an agent of change. I enrolled in a graduate Urban Planning program, bought my first road bike and took to the streets; recreational biking first and later as an everyday form of transportation as a bicycle and transit commuter.
After fracturing a wrist in a bicycle crash five years ago, I decided to focus my graduate research and career path to enhancing multimodal transportation planning. My involvement with several bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations statewide combined with public agency work has enabled me to make active transportation more accessible to everyone. I created a social media and outreach campaign that led to a bicycle car being placed on each and every Metrolink train, the commuter rail system serving the entire Los Angeles metropolitan region. I have spoken at conferences about social media, as well as bicycle and transit integration. In my past role at the City of Rancho Cucamonga I worked with Alta Planning and Design staff to conduct outreach and write sections for the Circulation Master Plan for Bicyclists and Pedestrians.
In addition I worked with community stakeholders to land the City of Rancho Cucamonga its Bicycle Friendly Community award and assisted in running the largest Safe Routes to School program of any city in San Bernardino County. My current work at the California Department of Transportation entails future system planning to better serve people of all ages and mobilities across many cities, communities and regions. Outside of Caltrans I train and coordinate community hub volunteers for CicLAvia, the largest open streets events in the nation as well as lead community bicycle rides and create videos to promote bicycle riding and advocacy.
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   

                                              
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