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Rich Conroy

Director of Education

Rich has been the Director of Education since starting at Bike New York in 2004. He has a masters and doctorate from University of Notre Dame, and his bike industry experience includes working for Metro Bicycles and teaching middle school kids for Recycle-A-Bicycle. In addition to being a League Cycling Instructor (LCI), he’s an LCI coach for the League of American Bicyclists. He has a brilliant, wonderful teenage daughter and three cats who are nice, but not so brilliant.

 

Hometown:

Lincoln, Nebraska

I like working for Bike New York because:

The people here are really fun to work with, and we have great programs that make an immediate difference in peoples’ lives.

Nicknames:

Dr. Mosholu, Professor Hipwader

Ask me about:

American History, World War II, 20th Century global history

Personal motto:

Never send plastic to do a job that requires metal.

Something people are surprised to learn about me:

I was studying to be a Catholic priest at one time.

Favorite post-ride treat:

Any very cold beer.

 

Jamie De Four

Director of Human Resources

Jamie moved to Brooklyn from the Caribbean island of Trinidad in 1990. In 2005, she graduated from Baruch College with a bachelor’s degree in Music Management. She also worked for an independent record label while earning her degree, in addition to a stint in publishing with Nielsen Company. She began her non-profit career at the Armory Foundation in 2005 and joined Bike New York in October 2010.

 

Hometown:
Brooklyn, but born in Trinidad and Tobago

Favorite New York restaurant:

I’m a foodie! I can’t just pick one. If I must choose, I will go with Sugarcane Restaurant in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Any dish that involves callaloo is amazing!

Nicknames:

Mimi, Jam, Jem Jem

Ask me about:

Caribbean culture, shoes (mostly heels), manicures, pedicures and food

Dream vacation destination:

Jade Mountain Resort, St. Lucia
Something people are surprised to learn about me:
I’m obsessed with Lionel Richie; I saw him live for the first time this past June. I think I was the youngest person in the crowd.
If I could have any bike in the world, it’d be:
A Brompton Folding Bike. It can fit in my closet next to the shoes.

Andrew Gould

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Bike New York, Andy was the Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing at NYC & Company, where he played an integral role in attracting the 2014 Super Bowl to the New York City region. Previously, he served for 11 years as Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Sports Commission.

 

Andy’s extensive career in the sports industry has included positions with the Israel Basketball Association, the University of California, Santa Barbara, the University of Connecticut, the National Association of Basketball Coaches and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara and has a Master of Science in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

 

Andy created and taught a graduate course entitled Sports and Events Tourism at NYU’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management, and is a board member of Carnegie Sports and Entertainment, LLC, and currently serves on the board of the Armory Foundation and United Jewish Appeal’s Sports for Youth Committee.

 

Hometown:

Delmar, NY

Favorite New York restaurant:

SriPraPhai in Woodside, Queens. Best Thai food in the city. I love the Larb Gai as an appetizer along with the Som Tum (Green Papaya salad). Tom Yung Goong soup is fantastic! The curries are great and you can’t go wrong with the steamed or fried whole fish with sweet chili sauce or a garlic, chili and lime sauce. Close second is Taverna Kyclades in Astoria. Grilled Octopus is amazing! Excellent grilled fish, lamb chops, salads, and traditional dips like Skordalia, Tzatziki, and Taramosalata.

I like working for Bike New York because:

We have an amazing team of smart, passionate, dedicated professionals that make every day a great day and we’re helping change the culture of the City which will make it a safer and more livable place.

Dream vacation destination:

Machu Picchu, Patagonia, or Bhutan

Last good book read:

The Power Broker, by Robert Caro

Something people are surprised to learn about me:

I backpacked through Asia for 7 months.

Favorite post-ride treat:

Ice Cream Sundae

David Heslop

Shop Manager

Hometown:
New York, NY

Favorite New York restaurant and what to order:
Glaser’s Bake Shop on 1st Ave. between 87th and 88th Street. Get the Black and White cookies if they haven’t sold out.

I like working for Bike New York because:
I have turned a hobby into a job. Recycle-A-Bicycle’s volunteer program taught me everything I know about bikes, and developing that into a full time job has allowed me to put what I have learned into practice. I can now give back helping others to learn the same techniques and skills so they can experience the same enjoyment and ease of biking and bike mechanics.

Dream vacation destination:
Belgium, a great culturally rich country…but also waffles, fries, and beer. Need I say more?

Favorite street to ride on in New York and why:
Downhill on the Queensboro, Williamsburg, or Manhattan Bridge for the great views and the feeling of going downhill.

Favorite post-ride treat:
A cold, hoppy IPA

If I could have any bike in the world, it’d be:
A great touring bike, something to commute, haul things, and go on long rides. Currently, I’m looking to build an All-City Space Horse.

Ralph Jean

Ralph Jean, Manager, Community Outreach & Membership Program

Ralph’s cycling journey began as a 10 year old in a cul de sac in the suburbs of Atlanta.  He attended high school in the Bronx and studied English at Syracuse University before coming to Bike New York as a Summer Camp Youth Instructor in 2015. Ralph’s favorite bike quote is: “Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Hometown:
Atlanta, Georgia

Favorite New York restaurant:
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana – original tomato pie with mozzarella

Hobbies:
Cycling, basketball, and video games

Nickname:
TJ

Personal motto:
“Repetitio est mater studiorum” (Repetition is the mother of learning)

Dream vacation destination:
Bora Bora
Favorite post-ride treat:
Anything chocolate

Jon Orcutt

Director of Communications

Jon Orcutt has 30 years of experience shaping sustainable transportation policies. Before joining Bike New York in 2019, he was the Communications and Advocacy Director at TransitCenter, a foundation setting a national agenda for rebuilding mass transit in American cities.

Jon was Director of Policy at the NYC Department of Transportation from 2007 to 2014. He oversaw development of a new strategic plan for NYCDOT and was a leader of the team that initiated major street design innovations on New York City streets. Jon managed creation of the Citi Bike bike share system and coordinated development of Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero traffic safety policy.

Jon has also worked as a consultant to governments, organizations and companies on city transportation strategies, traffic safety, bike share systems, and bicycle transportation policies.  Earlier in his career, he served as Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

 

Hometown:
Initially Boulder, CO, but mainly Lexington, MA
Favorite New York restaurant and what to order:
Adelina’s in Greenpoint – go for any of the pasta mains and one of the red cask wines.
I like working for Bike New York because:
It makes eminent sense for someone who has made a career of making NYC bike-friendly.
Hobbies:
I’m not at all well-rounded! Bike racing. Though also hiking, canoeing, backcountry skiing far from cities.
Ask me about:
NYC politics, fixing bikes, riding bikes, transportation developments in other cities.
Personal motto:
Ask forgiveness, not permission.
Something people are surprised to learn about me:
I have no educational background in planning or transportation.

Favorite street to ride on in New York and why:
The Pulaski Bridge bike path, i.e. the first NYC bridge lane fully repurposed and protected from car traffic.

Karen Overton

Director, Recycle-A-Bicycle

Hometown:
Bridgeport, NY, just outside of Syracuse (from ages 9-17)

Favorite New York restaurant and what to order:
Superfine in Dumbo. It’s our favorite hangout after Volunteer Night at the Recycle-A-Bicycle shop. We order beer and large plates of crispy french fries.

I like working for Bike New York because:

We help people of all ages discover the empowerment and freedom of building bikes and riding them. I love the look on a young person’s face when the bike they have been working on passes safety inspection and it earn’s them the right to take it home!

Last good book read:
Unbowed by Wangari Muta Maathai

Something people are surprised to learn about me:
I was an exchange student to Brazil , worked in Mozambique, and speak Portuguese.

Favorite street to ride on in New York and why:
Kent Street greenway in Brooklyn. It used to be so wide cars would race by each other and frighten me. Now it’s the hipster highway, and parents are comfortable biking with their kids!

If I could have any bike in the world, it’d be:
built at Recycle-A-Bicycle. It’s not uncommon for me to fall in love with a donated bike, at least once a month!

Sharon Pope-Marshall

Director, Community Outreach and Membership Program

Sharon returned to Bike New York after having served as volunteer coordinator for rest areas and water stops for the TD Five Boro Bike Tour.  Previously she assisted with community outreach for CIVITAS’ Reimagining the Waterfront design competition.

 

Favorite New York restaurant and what to order:
Spring Street Natural: Medallions of Seitan Piccata and there’s excellent live jazz Thursday nights. Ahhh, life is good.
I like working for Bike New York because:
Everyone here has such diverse and amazing backgrounds. Hey, I fit right in!
Personal motto:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” -Albert Einstein
Dream vacation destination:
A silent meditation retreat at a monastery in Thailand. It would be nice (or a challenge) to be quiet for a short, defined period of time. Of course with my cellphone close by!
Something people are surprised to learn about me:
I love HGTV.
If I could have any bike in the world, it’d be:
An Electra Royal 8i in ocean blue. Beautiful.

Eric Robinson

Mechanic & Earn-A-Bike Instructor

Born and raised in Brooklyn NY, Eric has always been into taking things apart. He got his first tool belt at three and I never looked back. He’s worked in automotive mechanics, carpentry, roofing, and even as a electrical apprentice. He ended up going to college for business; “I just always liked the way attache case and double-breasted suits looked,” he says.

 

Hometown:
Brooklyn NewYork

Favorite New York restaurant and what to order:

Dinosuar BBQ. Baked beans.

Hobbies:
RC cars, sneakers and flight simulators

Nickname:
Boosie

Personal motto:
Preparation and timing =Luck

Something people are surprised to learn about me:
Had my first tool belt at the age of three, and I collect die cast cars.

Favorite post-ride treat:
Water

Anne Shaw

Customer Service Manager

Hometown:
Ottawa, Canada

I like working for Bike New York because:
I love the idea of teaching people how to ride (biking is one of the best feelings in the world, and for a kid it’s like having wings and wheels, all at the same time). Plus, I love the energy of the Tour; it’s better than espresso.

Hobbies:
Reading, cooking, gardening, finding new places to get lost and then back again.

Personal motto:
If you must hurt someone else in order to win, you have won nothing.

Last good book read:
The Martian.

Something people are surprised to learn about me:
I have synesthesia (I can see and feel music, hear flavors, etc.).

Favorite street to ride on in New York and why:
Shore Parkway Greenway Trail (not really a street), because it goes almost all the way to Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island