Bike Utah Board of Directors

 
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Diane Rosenberg

Board Chair, Member Since 2014

Favorite style of riding:

Road riding in the canyons, parks, and bike paths.

Why is bicycling so important to you?

Cycling keeps me healthy while experiencing the wonders of nature.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

Supporting the work of Bike Utah, talking with my local community about creating bike friendly streets.

What about bicycling excites you most?

Creating safe and interesting places for people to ride, educating kids.

Favorite place to ride in Utah:

Big Cottonwood Canyon, Alpine Loop, Murdock Canal Trail

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Stephanie Tomlin

Board Vice-Chair, Member Since 2016

Favorite style of riding:

Mountain biking, bike touring, commuting

Why is bicycling so important to you?

It brings me joy while challenging me. It’s a simple tool to solve complex problems like climate change, poor air quality, traffic congestion and community health.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

As an active transportation planner, I make biking and walking easier. I try to lead by example and ride as much as I can.

What about bicycling excites you most?

Cool new bike facility design in new places! I love to see creative infrastructure.

What was your biggest cycling adventure?

I did a bike tour in the Netherlands on a single-speed, logging hundreds of miles on one gear!

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Dan Johnson

Board Treasurer, Member Since 2015

Favorite style of riding:

Mountain biking

Why is bicycling so important to you?

It’s a physically healthy activity and mentally therapeutic.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

My work with Bike Utah along with contributing time and money to trail building efforts.

What aspect of bicycling excites you most?

Seeing people get out and enjoy the outdoors and nature that surrounds them.

What was biggest cycling adventure?

I have ridden the White Rim in Canyonlands several times. It is a self-supported multi-day ride that always includes good friends.

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Glenn Herzberg

Board Secretary, Member Since 2015

Favorite style of riding:

I like it all. I grew up in Park City riding downhill, and started riding other styles over the years.

Why is bicycling so important to you?

Bicycling is a solution to so many of life’s problems. Restless? Ride a bike. Out of shape? Ride a bike. Hate traffic? Ride a bike!

What aspect of bicycling excites you most?

The endless possibilities. Bicycling is a huge part of the culture here in Utah, yet we’ve only scratched the surface of the potential.

Favorite bike you've ever owned:

Green gatorskin-graphic 16 in. mountain bike from when I was 4-5. Learning to ride trails in northern Idaho is one of my favorite memories.

Favorite place to ride in Utah:

Hurricane/ Virgin. There are endless epic trails to be had.

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Tom Adams

Board Member Since 2016

Favorite style of riding:

Road biking in the Wasatch canyons.

Why is bicycling so important to you?

It is an amazing way to recreate, and is a great form of active transportation. My commute to work is healthy for me and the air quality. Biking is an outstanding tool to help my kids gain personal confidence.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

I oversee the Utah Outdoor Recreation Grant, a statewide grant dedicated to creating recreation infrastructure—much of which goes to bike-related trails and parks.

What aspect of bicycling excites you most?

I truly enjoy long rides with good friends.

A place in Utah you haven't ridden yet but really want to:

FR640 from I-70 to Fish Lake. The road was just repaved and climbs about 6,000 feet.

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Matt Asay

Board Member Since 2017

Favorite style of riding:

Dirt

Why is bicycling so important to you?

It provides exercise and the chance to get up in the mountains.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

By making it fun through Strava duels.

What aspect of bicycling excites you most?

Fun competition between friends

Favorite bike you've ever owned/ridden and why?

My Open One+ hardtail. It made me feel like I was riding a road bike...but not on a road.

What was your biggest cycling adventure?

I climbed 10,000 feet per day through Pyrenees with friends.

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Des Barker

Board Member Since 2016

Favorite style of riding:

Mountain Biking

Why is bicycling so important to you?

Heart rate up. Exploration. Mind clearing. Neuron Firing. Beauty. Nature. Freedom on two wheels.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

Working to support the Governor's 1,000 miles Campaign - family friendly trails, pathways and bike lanes. Expanding the Youth B.E.S.T. program to get kids riding safely. Advocating to State leaders in support of bicycle friendly laws, policies and programs.

What aspect of bicycling excites you most?

Destination cycling. Seeing new geography and experiencing cultures around the world on a bike. Some of the best bike scenery is right here in Utah!

A place in Utah you haven't ridden yet but really want to:

Brian Head / Iron County Trails

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Mark Benigni

Board Member Since 2017

Favorite style of riding:

On summer Sunday mornings at dawn it's road bike. Otherwise it's MTB except or riding the commuting cross bike to work.

Why is bicycling so important to you?

I experience more of the natural environment than walking/running. I love the exhilaration of speed and two-wheeled dancing on technical singletrack.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

Building non-motorized trails and promoting on-road bicycle facilities in the greater Weber County area for my day job, and supporting such developments statewide.

What aspect of bicycling excites you most?

The resurgence of bicycle use in the US. And, the development of utility e-bikes.

Favorite bike you've ever owned:

All the ones that fit, are tuned and have air in the tires. I can jump on and go with a smile on my face.

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Val Hale

Board Member Since 2018

Favorite style of riding:

Riding tandem with my wife. We have ridden together for a decade and have ridden thousands of miles together.

Why is bicycling so important to you?

It is a great way to get good exercise without hammering my body. I can get a great workout without sacrificing my knees.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

Educating people about the benefits of riding, especially those who are my age and want to participate in a low-impact activity.

What aspect of bicycling excites you most?

I just love to go out riding with my wife and/or friends on a beautiful day and enjoy incredible scenery and the health benefits.

Favorite place to ride in Utah:

The Wasatch canyons and along many of Utah’s wonderful trails. The Murdock Canal trail has become one of our favorites.

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Stu Larson

Board Member Since 2018

Favorite style of riding:

Mountain Bike

Why is bicycling so important to you?

Keeps me outside and fit.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

Supporting the great programs of Bike Utah!

Favorite bike you've ever owned:

Bridgestone RB2; its chromoly frame is indestructible!

A place in Utah you haven't ridden yet but really want to:

The Skyline Drive Road from Spanish Fork Canyon to Salina Canyon

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John Reed

Board Member Since 2015

Favorite style of riding:

I enjoy road or mountain riding equally.

Why is bicycling so important to you?

It gives me a sense of freedom in the outdoors.

How are you making Utah a better place to ride?

Improving infrastructure and providing information to make it more accessible and enjoyable.

What aspect of bicycling excites you most?

Seeing kids learn how much freedom and pleasure bicycling can give them.

A place in Utah you haven't ridden yet but really want to:

Mt. Nebo

 

Bike Utah Advisory Council

Greg Bell – President/CEO, Utah Hospital Association; Former Utah Lieutenant Governor
Carlos Braceras – Executive Director, Utah Department of Transportation
Mike Caldwell – Mayor, Ogden City
Cameron Diehl – Executive Director, Utah League of Cities and Towns
TJ Eisenhart – Pro Cyclist, TAB/Citadel
Natalie Gochnour – Director, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute at the University of Utah
Lori Harward-Cartwright – Founder, Utah High School Mountain Biking League
Sarah Lehman – Former CEO, ENVE Composites
Ryan Littlefield – Owner, Contender Bicycles
Wayne Niederhauser – President, Utah State Senate
Dave O'Leary – Owner, RDO Properties
Amanda Smith – Attorney, Holland & Hart
Vicki Varela – Managing Director, Utah Office of Tourism
Angela Wright – Owner, Bingham Cyclery