Looking for some adventure, Melissa moved to Arizona in 1995 after completing her Biology degree from the University of Georgia. After some time in the Colorado River desert, she yearned for the community and a more active lifestyle and moved to Flagstaff in 2001. She has served on the FBO Board since 2003. She is a recreational mountain and road cyclist and has been active in many cycling advocacy groups, including the Flagstaff Bicycle Advisory Committee. She was also a board member of Summit Velo, FBO’s sister competitive cycling organization and during that time worked alongside another FBO Board member, T.C. Eberly, to promote the road race, Summit Center Classic, in Flagstaff. She is one of three members of the Flag Velo, Inc. executive board. She currently works side by side with Coconino County Safe Kids to promote a Bicycle Education Program and the Helmet Program, which offers helmets to all Flagstaff Elementary students below cost and free to those that cannot afford one.
Is an 20+ year bicycle industry veteran with experience in all things cycling from working as a bicycle messenger in New York City and San Francisco to managing 2 different Top 100 U.S. bicycle shops. He has been responsible for two high-profile charity cycling events: The Taylor House Benefit Century Ride, and the Flagstaff Family Food Center Old Fashioned Mountain Bike Race and he is a board member with Flag Velo, Inc., and Flagstaff Biking Organization, a highly successful and comprehensive cycling advocacy group.
Jolene moved to Flagstaff 10 years ago from Iowa. She was starting to go mad from all the cornfields and found the peaks soothing. She didn’t really do much biking until a fellow co-worker (you know who you are) got her riding for Bike to Work week. After 1-2 years of doing that, she started to ride to work during the warmer months. Now she is a bike commuter, riding to work and about town on errands from April/May until October/November. Jolene also loves to bake and decorate cakes. You may have seen some of her works at the County fair. She also volunteers her time with 4-H doing various things.
I am a geologist, a Flagstaff resident since 1986, and a mountain biking enthusiast for more than three decades. I’ve biked all over the western US but my focus is a long-term commitment to the trails here in Flagstaff that I love second to none. I’m keeping the two-wheeled adventure going by getting involved in trail advocacy, building and maintaining both new and existing trails, and helping to bring local mountain bikers together to work with other partners towards common objectives as an organized user group. If you see me on the street or out on the trail I’m more than happy to talk about all things bicycle or about rocks and plants.
A midwestern girl at heart, started my love for bicycles at an early age riding a Schwinn Orange Krate Sting-Ray bike. In the mid 90’s, discovered mountain biking, exploring the Kettle Moraine trails in rural Wisconsin. A move out west expanded my bicycling exploration. My expertise and contributions to Flagstaff Biking Organization have been behind the scenes, designing and managing all of the organization’s brand and marketing efforts since 2003. Along with the FBO board, I help to put on bike-related events, such as May is Flagstaff Bike Month and the Trail Program. Oh! plus I have been the bike parade leader for many years – hence the cape.
I moved to Flagstaff in 2004 in search of mountains, trails, cool weather, and adventure! I started as an around-the-town bike commuter, biking to work everyday for several years. Motivated by the positive influence of friends, I began mountain biking in 2017 and quickly discovered the joy mountain biking brings me. I saw how a bike can get you further into the mountains, get your heart rate up, and scare the pants off you at times, too! I started to volunteer during various trail days about four years ago to give back to the trails that have given me so much. I am also an avid trail runner, hiker, and skier. As a registered nurse, I seek to promote all forms of activity as a way to improve our health, wellness, and lives!
It wasn’t until I got to NAU that I fell in love with biking. Commuting by bike in Flagstaff deepened my appreciation for this town and the quality of life daily cycling provided. Over the years I had numerous encounters with moving vehicles and although sharing the lane can be frightening, I never gave up my passion for the commuter lifestyle.
While serving as Vice Mayor and Councilmember, I had the opportunity to learn about how the City designs its roads and who gets prioritized. I learned quickly that the cyclist and pedestrian are accommodated when possible, but are never truly prioritized.
With the support of City Leadership, Mayors & Councils, City staff, members of the public and the many partners, we were successful in shifting the City’s focus. Some of the documents supporting the new focus include the Active Transportation Master Plan, Climate Neutrality Plan, taking steps to create a Vision Zero plan (aiming for zero deaths on our roads), and the decision to prioritize pedestrians and cyclist above cars through design.
As congestion worsens, I plan to continue supporting the city in efforts to design and build infrastructure for all modes. Building in such a way will result in less cars on the road, giving locals options, while saving the tax payer financially. Building more vehicle lanes induces demand resulting in more traffic, is very costly and is not good for Flagstaff.
The Flagstaff Biking Organization (FBO) has been a strong partner to the City, County, Forest Service and others, ensuring the concerns and needs of locals is being heard. I am excited to be contributing my skills and abilities to the goals and mission of FBO.
We have some great momentum going but it’s going to take continued community engagement to help create a walkable, bikeable, and livable city.