Jason has seen the world by bicycle since Kindergarten, when unbeknownst to his parents he took a solo three-mile round trip across numerous car-centric arterials to a local community college campus. Since then, Jason has engaged in various efforts to make cycling an accessible means of transportation, recreation, and personal fulfillment, and envisions Bend realizing its status as a city where all people can safely travel where they want to by bike and foot.
Rachel moved to Bend in January 2021 after spending 13 years as a bicycle commuter in and around Washington, DC. During her time in DC, she was, at various times, an employee, volunteer and a member of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and from 2013-2014, she personally installed over 300 bicycle racks in the city. She came to Bend for a job as the exhibits preparator at the High Desert Museum and is determined to find a safe way to bike commute to work.
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.
Morgan has lived in Oregon since 2006 when he moved from Northern California to work on improving bicycle access with a non-profit in the Portland Metro Area. After years working in bike shops and supporting some of the largest cycling events in Oregon, he now spends his time working on industrial regulation for the City of Bend, commuting on a cargo bike with his daughter and getting outside to recreate as much as possible.
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.
LeeAnn is a recovering attorney who escaped corporate law life by biking across Mexico. She is has extensive nonprofit experience and is a founding partner of Allyship in Action, an 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.