Elisa has been a Bend resident since 2010 when she moved from Honolulu, Hawaii. She has been interested in biking since around 2008 when she decided to get on a bike again for the first time since childhood by training for a half-Ironman triathlon. She frequents the roads as she mainly uses her bike to commute, does the occasional road ride, and mountain bikes on any trail she can find. It’s one of her goals to bike every Oregon scenic bikeway.
Jim’s first bike was a Columbia three speed with balloon tires that he used to explore his hometown starting at age 6. Prior to moving to Bend in 2011, Jim lived in Iowa. While there, he and his two then teenaged kids rode across the United States and also the entire family took part in the annual seven day bike ride across Iowa (RAGBRAI) multiple times. Jim enjoys the trails and roads of Deschutes County and has more bikes than he needs. His interest in cycling advocacy is driven by his desire to enable individuals of all ages and abilities to explore Bend by bicycle and to cycle safely for fun and to school, work and other trips.
Kaitlin has lived in Bend since 2012. She shares the city’s passion for outdoor recreation and envisions a future where active transportation is a part of a healthy lifestyle for everyone. She loves being able to get just about anywhere in Bend on her single speed townie but has a special place in her heart for her gravel bike, which takes her bike packing throughout Oregon.
Jana has been living and bike commuting in Bend since 2016. She is the Outreach Manager for Deschutes Land Trust, a local conservation nonprofit. Whether commuting to work, running errands, picking up veggies at the farmer’s market, or grabbing coffee with friends, Jana loves being able to get around town on her trusty commuter bike.
From working on bikes, to bike touring, to riding a mountain unicycle Pat loves finding new ways to enjoy bikes. The thing that drew him to bicycles is their accessibility and how they can be used for transportation or recreation to enrich people’s lives. After bike commuting in bend for eight years, he looks forward to working with Bend Bikes to help make Bend a better place for bike commuters.
Eric has lived in Oregon since 2010, after growing up in Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. In 2013 he hiked 800 miles of the PCT before getting a stress fracture, which grew his love for biking because of the lower impact. He met his wife while she was doing a Pacific Coast highway bike tour, and their first trip together was doing the Vancouver to Seattle section together. He sees amazing value in neighborhood greenways, and hopes to expand the network in Bend to make cycling more accessible to all community members.
Maryam fell in love with bikes during undergrad at the University of California, Santa Cruz. It was there that she immersed herself in bicycle advocacy efforts with Bike Santa Cruz County and started a 1,300 mile solo bike tour to Orcas Island, WA. Today, she balances a newfound obsession with mountain biking with the pursuit of a masters degree in clinical mental health counseling from OSU, Cascades. Maryam spends her free time foraging for wild mushrooms and making linocut relief prints. You can find her art at www.maryammirahmadi.com. As a board member with Bend Bikes, Maryam commits to practice advocacy through the lens of equity and social justice.
LeeAnn is a recovering attorney who escaped corporate law life by biking across Mexico and landed in Bend in 2013. She has extensive nonprofit experience and is a founding partner of Allyship in Action, a Central Oregon based equity and social justice consulting firm. Her passions include engaging women in bike touring, making bike commuting initiatives inclusive, and eliminating barriers for those who face obstacles to bike commuting.
Aron Yarmo is an attorney, practicing in Bend, where he has lived since 1996. He has been cycling for school, work and play as long as he can remember. Aron has had a passion for greenways since finding that it was difficult for his kids to safely bike the seven blocks to the local elementary school. Now, Aron is focused on advocating for better and safer bicycle infrastructure throughout Bend so that all residents with bikes in their garage feel safe riding them throughout our city.