Dan is spending much of his adult life confirming what he learned as child. Playing is great and the bicycle is our species’ finest invention.
This ‘testing’ involved bike commuting to schools in the east and central US, and culminated in a Masters in ecology. After working ten years domestically and internationally in conservation, often choosing jobs based on their bike commute and quitting car travel for years at a time, he began teaching recreation.
Now ten years into his second career he’s convinced of the power of recreation to change lives, communities, and ecosystems. After certifications in sea kayaking and rock climbing, his favorite ‘work’ still involves cycling. He’s been a cycling instructor since 2008 and loves working with the Bike East Bay cycling instructors and East Bay community. Dan now coaches and manages Bike East Bay’s large group of bike education instructors.
Charlie was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. He grew up in the East Bay, riding his bike on the streets/trails of Berkeley and Albany. Charlie was introduced to Bike East Bay three years ago while working at the Fruitvale Bike Station, then received his League of American Bicyclists certification and began teaching bike instruction and safety classes to youth and adults with a variety of local community organizations.
Charlie now teaches free classes with Bike East Bay in Spanish and English. He is passionate about bikes and thrilled to spread the message!
Bonnie was late to becoming a bicycle rider. She learned as a kid but didn’t really take to it until her twenties. But hey, it’s never too late! Bonnie, a California native, has participated in two California AIDS rides, one ride across the USA, and spent two years as Bike Alameda’s Program Coordinator.
Most of her bicycling now consists of commute rides and taking her two boys to school where she is a Safe Routes to School Parent Champion. Bonnie became a certified League of American Bicyclists cycling instructor in 2008 and began teaching bicycle safety classes with Bike East Bay right away.
Anthony has been a lifelong cyclist. He was one of the founding members of his bike club in High School, and his bicycle was with him on board ship in the Navy. He has ridden his bicycle in many countries. As a League Certified Instructor he has been teaching cycling safety in the Bay Area since 2009 for Bike East Bay and the San Francisco Bike Coalition. His teaching experience includes all levels of bicycle education in the classroom, on the road, and consulting with local cycling clubs safety programs. He has instructed all age groups from middle school to adults in learning to ride for the first time. Anthony enjoys local cycling daily and wide-ranging weekend recreational riding. When asked why he ride rides his bicycle, he says “Because it is fun!”
Maya loves teaching youth and families, as well as adults who are getting on a bike for the first time, or are getting back on a bike after many years. She was raised in the sunny and foggy city of Berkeley where she was able to ride a bike to high school everyday, and never stopped riding. Inspired by programs like the Institute for Sustainable Transport, Transportation Alternatives, Bikes Not Bombs and Trips for Kids, she is a co-founder and collective member of Cycles of Change, and enjoys working with adults and families as an instructor with Bike East Bay.
Melanie Curry has been riding her bike since she was six, tagging along after her faster and more adventurous older siblings. But it was a bicycle trip down highway 1 on the California coast in college that made her realize how well suited bicycles are for moving the human body. Since then, she’s always tried to live where she could ride a bike to work and to play. She wants everyone to have the opportunity to enjoy the same sense of freedom and joy she gets when she rides.
Jason has been involved in bicycle education since 1995 and believes that our communities become better places to work, shop, and live as we bike more everday. Before becoming a Stay-at-Home Dad, he helped expand the Bike East Bay Education Program and create the San Francisco Safe Routes to School Program. He believes that bicycles can add joy and resilience to our lives and looks forward to seeing you make your bike dreams come true.
Bruce moved to Oakland in 2003 from “smallsvile” Michigan. He quickly became enamored with bicycling for transportation in the urban environment. With a strong interest in spreading this passion, Bruce began a professional career in bicycle and pedestrian planning and later became a bicycle education instructor. Now, as a stay at home dad of two, Bruce has a particular fondness for seeing kids (and parents) build their bike riding skills and traffic awareness in family cycling workshops.
Willion learned to ride the bicycle when he was 11 and joined amateur racing at the age of 16 in Hong Kong. In 1999 he moved to the Bay Area and immediately realized that this is a great place to bike: to explore the city, to enjoy the outdoors, and to get around/commute. Willion teaches bicycle classes in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. He loves to commute by bike and is proud to be part of the team promoting bicycle-friendliness in the US. Someday he dreams to bike in Copenhagen.
Chiara grew up in the North Bay until the age of fifteen. After a circuitous and adventurous route back to the Bay Area via New Jersey, New York, Central America and Monterey, Chiara has been cycling in the East Bay for most of the seven years she’s lived here. Her love of cycling stemmed from a primarily practical standpoint as a commuter to save time, money, and guarantee daily exercise. She then found herself jealously eyeing cyclists who passed by whenever she sat idling in her car. She’s just plain happier on a bike than in a car. Chiara’s interest in becoming an certified instructor was partially selfish, as a means of mastering the material for her own informed purposes, and she loves teaching and engaging with her community about the many benefits of cycling as a means of transportation, health, and joy. She has taught SCUBA diving, outdoor and environmental stewardship and engagement, and currently teaches math. When she isn’t cycling to work or errands, she is tending her small backyard garden with chickens, and bees.
D.C. has been a bike commuter for more than a decade, riding the streets of San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento. In addition, he rides a bike to run errands and for recreation. D.C. is passionate about sharing a love for the outdoors and for getting around by bike. Despite not owning a car, he believes that roads are community space to be shared by all–which means that both cyclists and motorists deserve space and courtesy on the road.
He lives in West Oakland. You might see him pulling a trailer with his bike along Hollis or Adeline Streets.
After several years of volunteering with Bike East Bay Robert had the opportunity to receive his League of American Bicyclists teaching certification and began instructing bike education classes all over the East Bay. Eventually he was able to start working full time with the bike coalition, coordinating and promoting each of the classes they offer for free to thousands of adults, youth, and families all over Alameda and Contra Costa Counties each year.
Robert believes that getting more people on bikes means making cycling not just safer, but also more comfortable, convenient, and fun. To learn more or take a class yourself you can visit our education page here, or contact Robert by phone at (510) 845-7433 x2 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel rediscovered the joy a bicycle brings while attending UC Davis, where she studied landscape architecture. Living in India and Thailand after graduation helped her realize just how versatile bicycles can be, and when she moved back to sweet home Bay Area, she made the decision to go car-free and bicycle-happy. Supporting Bike East Bay as a member, volunteer, and now staff member has opened the door to an awesome, connected community, and as the Education Program Assistant, she’s glad to welcome you, too!
Join Our Team!
We are always looking for more talented and passionate instructors to join our team, and be paid to teach evening, weekend, or daytime classes in English, Spanish, or Cantonese. The first step is to attend our free Urban Cycling 101 class series, for which the full schedule of East Bay sessions can be found at BikeEastBay.org/education.
Learn more about how to get involved by contacting Education Director Robert Prinz at email@example.com.