OUR Mission

Bike Santa Cruz County promotes bicycling through advocacy, education and community building.


Our VISION

Bicycling in Santa Cruz County is a safe, respected, convenient, and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation for people of all ages and abilities. Santa Cruz's comprehensive bike network provides access to all natural and urban destinations within the County, as well as connections to other regional and national transportation systems. Bicycling is a key contributor to an active community, a strong economy, and a well-protected natural environment. At Bike Santa Cruz County we continue this work to transform our streets into vibrant public spaces that accommodate all users.

 

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Learn more about our history and accomplishments, goals and strategies.

Strategic Plan 2013-2018

 

Contact US:

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(831) 425-0665                       director@bikesantacruzcounty.org                             Bike Santa Cruz County
                                                                                                                                 703 Pacific Avenue
                                                                                                                                 Santa Cruz, CA 95060


STAFF

 

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Janneke Strause - Executive Director

Janneke is the new Director of Bike Santa Cruz County, previously holding the Events & Membership Coordinator position. While the Events & Membership Coordinator, she successfully managed the transition of organizers and produced Run by the Sea and Open Streets Santa Cruz. She attended UC Santa Cruz and played Division III intercollegiate soccer all four years. She received a degree in Politics with a minor in Philosophy. Janneke has experience in community organizing and the nonprofit sector as the founder of The Inspiring Enterprise, an accelerator for social ventures. She grew up visiting family in the Netherlands and dreams of, one day, having a network of bike highways across the United States. In her free time, Janneke continues to play soccer in a Santa Cruz women's league, takes her dog to the Live Oak beaches, and drinks delicious coffee.

 

Tawn Kennedy - Youth Programs Director

Tawn is the director of Green Ways to School, a program of Bike Santa Cruz County. He attended Santa Cruz High and UCSC, where he received a BA in Community Studies. After graduating, Tawn coordinated school gardens, ran a teens-as-teachers environmental education program, and trained UCSC undergraduates to teach their own sustainability-focused seminars. In 2010, he was hired to run Green Ways to School, and joined the BSCC steering committee. Tawn is also the Vice Chair of the Sierra Club’s Santa Cruz County Group leadership committee. In his free time he makes art, writes poetry, and hangs out with redwoods.

 

 

 

Julia Sinn - Events and Membership Coordinator

Julia joined Bike Santa Cruz County in 2017 after running the robust events program at Bookshop Santa Cruz and contributing to Santa Cruz event projects as a freelance writer, events consultant, and photographer. Growing up in central Pennsylvania and first experiencing urban bicycling as a student at the University of Pittsburgh, Julia became obsessed with the importance of active transportation as community engagement, civic participation, and self-care. She transplanted to Santa Cruz in 2011 after volunteering with Bike Pittsburgh and working in arts, education, and urban farming nonprofits. Julia is a yoga teacher with almost a decade of teaching experience and still enjoys leading classes in Santa Cruz. On the side, she writes book reviews, drinks coffee, lifts weights, listens to a lot of radio, and wanders around our amazing State and National Parks.

 

Board of directors

 

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 GREG MCPHEETERS:

Greg works as a product designer and inventor for the solar company SunRun Inc. and has been a Steering Committee Member since 2008. He was the Executive Director of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition in 2001, and later transitioned to Board President and hired full time staff.  At the time, SVBC’s budget was around $12k per year and now is just shy of one million.  Greg has also served on the board of the San Luis Obispo Bicycle Coalition and Bay Area Bike Coalition, and it passionate about the continued growth of the movement here in Santa Cruz.  He is currently Chair the Santa Cruz Group of the Sierra Club and his couch bike is a fixture at local bike events.

 

Elise Ehrheart:

Elise is a senior program specialist at Ecology Action and has been a Bike Santa Cruz Steering Committee member since 2015. Following six years of environmental education and work with non-profits and the King County Department of Natural Resources, Elise earned a Masters of Education in Environmental Education from Western Washington University. She is the current co-chair of the Santa Cruz County Community Traffic Safety Coalition and a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor. Elise is a regular bike commuter and spent a year bike touring over 10,000 miles through 7 countries.

 

 

 

Steve Lustgarden:

Steve has been a Bike Santa Cruz Steering Committee member for 12 years. He recently retired from CCOF (California Certified Organic Farmers), where he was the Chief Operations Officer, and he assists Bike Santa Cruz with budgeting and fundraising strategy. Steve rode across southern India for six months in the early 1990s on a Chinese-made one-speed bicycle.

 

 

 

Connie Wilson:

Connie has been a Steering Committee member since 2008, and is a registered nurse in the county. She has been biking to work for 37 years here in Santa Cruz, not including her commutes during college, and is a dedicated Bike to Work Day volunteer. Connie was a member of the City of Santa Cruz Bicycle Committee, and helped write the 2008 Bicycle Transportation Plan for the City. She wants to support safe biking for all and believes that advocacy contributes strongly to making our community a better place to live and bike.

 

 

Matthew Greenfield:

Matthew has been a Bike Santa Cruz Steering Committee member since 2013. He is is a product manager at Loto Labs, Inc. Matthew advises Bike Santa Cruz on all of their communications needs, and is passionate about helping small organizations to thrive.

 

 

 

 
 
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Pete Whitford:

Pete started his career as an Industrial Engineer, and moved to California to attend the Green MBA program at Dominican University. Since 2010, he has been working with Ecology Action in zero waste and energy efficiency programs. He is currently a Senior Energy Analyst with Ecology Action. Pete bikes to work daily and takes breaks for road and mountain rides whenever he can. In 2015, he toured for 2 weeks in the Lake District of Patagonia, crossing over the Andes from Chile to Argentina.

 

 

 

 

Amelia conlen:

Amelia has worked with the City of Santa Cruz since 2016 as a Transportation Coordinator. Prior to joining the City Amelia was the Executive Director of Bike Santa Cruz County, where she led campaigns for the county's first green lane treatments, initiated a name change and rebranding, and helped to grow the organization's budget and programs. Amelia has a Bachelor's degree in Community, Environment and Planning from the University of Washington, and studied bike planning in Portland, Oregon and Groningen, Netherlands. In her free time, Amelia enjoys reading, cooking, and riding mountain and road bikes all over Santa Cruz County.