Executive Director: Cyndi Steiner
Cyndi Steiner is the Executive Director of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, a role she has held since summer 2012. Advocacy wins under Cyndi’s direction at the NJBWC include the Complete Streets rebuild of Route 35 at the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy, safety improvements for bike riders to the George Washington Bridge during the upcoming 10-year cable replacement project (removal of the stairs on the north path and rebuild of all four entrances to the paths), new Complete Streets implementation policy for Monmouth County, creation of the state’s Regional TAP Program, passage in 2018 of A4165/S2894 (requires the state’s driver’s education course, manual and license exam to include bike rider and pedestrian safety information), organization of the annual NJ Bike & Walk Summit, leader of the NJ delegation to the annual National Bike Summit, and creation and launch of the Bike Depot Program in New Jersey, with Depots in Montclair and Bloomfield and a third to open in the City of Elizabeth in early 2018. She has also helped launch and continues to provide guidance to more than a handful of local advocacy organizations, including the Asbury Park Complete Streets Coalition, Bike & Walk Montclair, Bike & Walk Millburn, Friends of the Ice & Iron Greenway, Northern Valley Greenway Committee, Safe Streets Essex and others. Cyndi is also a certified League Cycling Instructor with the League of American Bicyclists.
Cyndi is a current member and past president of the Board of Directors of Bike New York, where she has served since 2001,a member of the Advisory Board of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, and a member of the National Bike Walk Action Advisory Committee.
Prior to her work in bicycle and pedestrian advocacy, Cyndi had a twenty-year career in corporate project management and information systems management, having worked for Ernst & Young LLP as an assistant director in their global information systems division.
Cyndi holds an MS degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in information systems management and a BS degree from Cornell University.
Bicycle Education Coordinator: Les Leathem
Les Leathem, Education Coordinator for the NJBWC, is a League Coach for the League of American Bicyclists and teaches experienced cyclists nationwide seeking to become League Cycling Instructors. Les is qualified to deliver the entire League Smart Cycling curriculum. He has conducted sessions with students of all ages, from young children learning to ride and students in elementary school, to new and returning adult cyclists, including public safety and police officers, city planners and engineers, recreational riders and road racers.
Les created and teaches Title 39: A Bike’s Eye View, a course developed specifically for New Jersey law enforcement officers and funded through the NJBWC by the New Jersey Department of Highway Traffic Safety. The program, to increase awareness of the law’s impact on bicyclists, gives traffic patrol officers the opportunity to experience that perspective. If you are interested in having law enforcement officers in your town participate in this class, please contact Les at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss arrangements.
Let’s Walk Program Coordinator: Liz Brady
Liz is the organizer of The “Let’s Walk” Program in New Jersey, focusing on exercise and safety. Prior to that, Liz collaborated with the Partners for Health Foundation and Bike&Walk Montclair, focusing on promoting good health, exercise and positive social engagement in our neighborhoods.
Liz’s goal is to keep you safe while getting you up and moving. She believes walking groups offer you instant support that helps you achieve your fitness goals. Walking with a group encourages you to be social, provides motivation, accountability, and safety. As a member of the Montclair Pedestrian Safety Committee, she is very aware of the issues associated with pedestrian safety and is passionate about improving conditions that make it safe to walk.
Liz’s academic and professional training are in the areas of nutrition, health and policy. She holds a BS in Nutrition & Dietetics and an MA in Public Health; but her real gift and the one she shares freely is in connecting with people and helping them achieve happiness through health. Liz passionately shares her knowledge about walking and how the health benefits lead to happier and healthier lives.
The engagement is what inspires Liz and she feels blessed to have met so many wonderful people and looks forward to meeting and walking with many more. She is never too busy to listen for suggestions on where and when to walk.
She continues to build on her knowledge of health by attending seminars and continuing education so that she is always giving you the very best and most updated information about the benefits of walking. Liz is always looking for new partners and opportunities to better serve her clients and the community.
Liz is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Public Health Association, and the honors society of PHI KAPPA PHI.
She has lived in Essex County for over 25 years and currently resides in Montclair with her husband Ken, son Matthew and two dogs Montana and Charlie. Liz has two daughters who are married and living in the New York area.
To see where she is currently walking go to http://www.meetup.com/Lets-WalkProgram/
Outreach Coordinator: Emily Eley
Emily Eley is responsible for several campaigns related to our trails work, using grassroots outreach to generate critical support for these projects. Emily is a Vermont native and moved to New Jersey in the fall of 2017 from the mountains of Colorado where she was formerly the Government Relations Coordinator for PeopleForBikes. At PFB she designed and executed a congressional targeting campaign for the 2017 August recess. Her campaign successfully facilitated over 20 visits in 10 states for members of Congress to tour local and national bike businesses.
Prior to PFB, Emily worked with the League of Women Voters in Boulder, CO and was the liaison for Colorado’s Coalition for Reproductive Rights. Emily is an alumna of Colorado University Boulder, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Human Geography and an honors thesis on neoliberalism and the privatization of the pedagogical institution.
She and her husband live in Montclair with their two cats, Zucchini and Lima Bean. When they’re not out exploring on their bikes, they can be found escaping to the beach to swim the Jersey Shore.
Communications Coordinator: Aaron Hyndman
As the Communications Coordinator for the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, Aaron Hyndman handles website content development, manages social media, prepares the newsletters, action alerts, newsflashes, and press releases that go out to members and the general public, and is also involved with media relations for the organization.
In his fifth year as a public relations professional, Aaron’s experiences in the field of PR, publicity, and strategic marketing range from traditional corporate public relations, to social media marketing, to event planning. Aaron also spent several years as a USSF/NSCAA-licensed youth soccer trainer, and prior to that, worked in the retail banking industry.
Aaron is an alumnus of Rutgers University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in communication and a minor in public policy. He enjoys cycling, skiing, and soccer, and is active in his church.
Smart Cycling Instructor: Paul Mickiewicz
Paul Mickiewicz leads our school bicycle skills and safety programs and gives presentations on bicycle safety and riding skills. He is a lifelong cycling enthusiast and advocate. Experienced in multi-day, self supported bike touring, he prefers to use a bike as active transportation and commutes by bike, year round, approximately 90 miles each week. In 2010 he became a League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor and yearly leads dozens of bike education programs such as learn to ride, ride rodeos, safe cycling, recreational rides, seminars and assemblies. As a long time board member and past President of Bike&Walk Montclair, Paul chairs the Bike Education Committee, working with schools, scouting groups, PTAs, municipal government and private parties. He also provides private instruction. Paul enjoys leading experiential learning opportunities and inspiring people to ride a bike for recreation, fitness and transportation. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Fitness, Paul is the Senior Director of Healthy Living with The Gateway Family YMCA. With over 35 years of experience coaching others to a healthier lifestyle, Paul believes there is a direct relationship between a community’s health and the degree to which its residents walk and bike to get around town.