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Board of Directors

 Tamara Basso Bensky, Treasurer

CPA Myers and Stauffer LC

Tami Bensky has a very personal interest in bike safety and advocacy in Maryland.  She is the widow of Larry Bensky, an avid cyclist who was struck and killed in April 2010 while riding his bike in Baltimore County. An instant advocate, Tami used her knowledge of the legislative process to go to Annapolis merely six days after Larry’s collision to successfully lobby for the passage of the 3 Foot Law. Tami continued advocating for bike safety legislation in 2011, offering emotional testimony in favor of the Criminal Negligence bill, a law that took effect in October 2011. In addition to supporting Bike Maryland’s efforts in Annapolis, Tami has led the effort to organize Larry’s Ride, a Bike Maryland fundraiser held in Baltimore County.  This cycling event attracts participants at every level of ability and has raised nearly $50,000 in just two years.  A mother of two young girls, Tami Bensky has also designed L7 Apparel, a line of athletic clothing to honor Larry’s life and raise money for cycling advocacy in Maryland.


Bruce Cohen

Software Engineer, CSRA International

Bruce Cohen joined the Bike Maryland board in Spring 2013 and is a software engineer, road cyclist and bike commuter. He is a native Marylander who can be frequently seen cycling the roads of Howard and nearby counties. Bruce holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Lafayette College and an MS degree in Computer Science from Johns Hopkins University. He lives with his very understanding wife and three children in Clarksville MD and  spends late nights cropping photos and writing his own bio for the Bike Maryland Board of Directors and Advisors page. Bike Maryland extends our most sincere gratitude to Bruce who, with Advisor Mike Sapp created the Bike Maryland License Program, served as the SAG vehicle coordinator for the 2013 Tour du Port, lends his audio visual expertise to the Annual Bicycle Symposium and has taken on the large task of co-managing the organization’s website update.


Kevin King, President

Principal, Hord Coplan Macht, Architects and Planners

Kevin King joined the Bike Maryland board in late 2013 and is trained as an architect, engineer, and planner who focuses on long-term planning with colleges and universities around the world. Multi-modal transportation systems and community connections are key elements of campus planning. To live the message, Kevin got rid of his car and bike commutes from his home in Towson to downtown Baltimore when he is in town. Experiencing the positive effect of bike infrastructure in the city of Baltimore, Kevin feels strongly that balanced transportation systems are more important than ever. Better bike infrastructure improves connectivity for all ages, improves personal health, reduces air pollution, and reduces the economic burden of personal transportation


 Joe Lynagh

Portfolio Manager, T. Rowe Price

Joe Lynagh works as portfolio manager within the fixed income division at T.Rowe Price. Joe grew up in the Baltimore area and now makes his home in Baltimore County. Joe regularly rides in the county and occasionally bike commutes to downtown Baltimore. His hope is for a safer, more robust bicycle community in Maryland.

 

 


 Alex Obriecht

Owner, Race Pace Bicycles and Bella Bikes

Alex began his bicycle business right after graduation from college, in 1978. His business has continued to grow through the years and it now includes six Race Pace locations as well as Bella Bikes, the first women’s bicycle store in the U.S. Alex enjoys both mountain and road riding as well as multi-week self-supported tours around the globe. His most recent trip was 4 weeks of riding in Patagonia. His wife and three adult children are all cyclists. His interests are – the economic impact of the retail bicycle trade, successful and unique ways to integrate the bicycle into the transportation system, and how sophisticated planning and implementation of the bicycle travel network in Maryland yields a healthier, fitter population, a region which will attract more active residents, a tourist draw for those outside the area, and a network of commuter routes resulting in many benefits to all involved.


Gorden Peltz

Attorney at Law

Gordon resides in Towson and is a Baltimore Bicycle Club Hall of Fame Member and an active League Certified Instructor. He has served many capacities for the Baltimore Bicycle Club, including as President and as a board member and still leads their Instructional Ride Program Series. Gordon has been involved in bicycle education matters including his service as a board member for the League of American Wheelman. He uses his expertise to contribute to Bike Maryland’s Annual Tour du Port route management by training Course Marshalls.

 

 


 

Past Board Members and Advisors

Rebecca Bainum
Tom Blanks
Greg Cantori, Bike Maryland President Emeritus
James Corbett
Dave Love
Richard Neuman
Stu Sirota
Jeff Smith
Michael Sonnenfeld
Adiva R. Sotsky
Heather Strassberger
Christopher Tsien
Jennifer Toole, ASLA, AICP
Cindy Woods