View the Annual Report of Bike Miami Valley for 2015 HERE
History: Bike Miami Valley started to emerge in the early 1960s and operated under a few different titles until becoming the organization you know of today. It all leads back to the Huffy Corporation. In 1961 Horace Huffman Jr., Chairman and CEO of the Huffy Bicycle Corporation, co-founded and sat as the first president of the Dayton Cycling Club. Four years later, he formed and led the Greater Dayton Bikeway Committee, which later would be named the Miami Valley Regional Bicycle Council (MVRBC). Bike Miami Valley (BMV), this nonprofit organization, branched from MVRBC in the early 70s. Bike Miami Valley drafted one of the nation’s first regional bikeway plans, which was adopted by Dayton’s regional planning commission in 1973. This proved instrumental in the development of much of the recreational trail system you might be familiar with today. After being officially incorporated in 1979, BMV was diligently focused on the region’s cycling trends over the next twenty years. In addition, BMV hosted the region’s largest and most widely celebrated bike event; The Thunder Road Bike-a-thon. In the past decade, BMV became dormant, and there is no better way to say it… but BMV simply put itself out of business by accomplishing its core programs and initiatives. There seemed to be little left to do, so the organization fell silent. In 2008 BMV resurfaced from that dormant period and is now refocused on current cycling trends and the region’s growing cycling community, which is dramatically different today. We are the founding organization of the Miami Valley Cycling Summit, an event held biennially around the region. The latest accomplishment to our record is hiring full-time staff and launching southwest Ohio’s first bike share program, Link, in May of 2015. Bike Miami Valley is recognized as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists.
Please consider joining Bike Miami Valley and help us write the next 30 years of our history.
Scott Murphy, President
Scott Murphy is a Dayton transplant who moved to the region to attend college at the University of Dayton. After working at Wright-Patt for several years, Scott decided to follow his passion for community work by joining the Downtown Dayton Partnership. He serves on the Marketing Committee at the Dayton Foundation, the Committee for Minority Inclusion, and the Learn to Earn Dayton Leadership Council. Scott started his community work as one of the DaytonCREATE catalysts who helped found UpDayton. He is also a graduate of Leadership Ohio,
In 2013 Scott joined the Bike Miami Valley team and helped lead the effort to bring bike sharing to the Dayton region. Since then he has joined the board as president, where he will help see the organization through the bike share launch planned for the spring of 2015. On the weekends Scott is an active cyclist on the over 330 miles of connected trails in the Miami Valley.
Becky Benná, Vice President
Becky serves as the Executive Director of Five Rivers MetroParks that includes approximately 16,000 acres of park land in Montgomery County. The organization’s mission is to protect the region’s natural heritage and provide outdoor experiences that inspire a personal connection with nature. She leads and manages a diverse workforce of approximately 260 employees and 2,000 volunteers that serves a population of approximately 500,000. She has extensive experience working with elected officials and community organizations.
Becky has a Master Degree of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Administration. She also is a graduate of Leadership Ohio. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Recreation and Park Association that is dedicated to the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.
Jonathan Hawkins, Secretary
As the resident attorney, Jon’s job is to try his hardest not to suck all the fun out of the regular board meetings and events. While not entirely successful in this endeavor, Jon brings to BMV his (admittedly limited) experience as an urban bicycle commuter from his three-year stint at law school in downtown Chicago. Forced to settle down and keep a steady job, he now enjoys the relatively quiet trails that can be found east of town in Beavercreek, Xenia and Yellow Springs.
Paul Jones, Treasurer
Paul Jones is a partner at the accounting firm of Battelle Rippe Kingston LLP and has lived in worked in the Dayton area for nearly 18 years. Jones is a graduate of Ohio University and a veteran of the U.S. Army. During his time away from his professional and community activities Jones enjoys spending time with his wife and 2 sons, is an avid cyclist, and enjoys outdoor activities.
Mark Donaghy, Board Member
As Executive Director of Greater Dayton RTA, Mark oversees the fourth largest public transit system in Ohio with more than 650 employees. Prior to joining the RTA team, he served as Vice President of the Transit Management Services Division of First Transit Incorporated in Cincinnati.
As a second generation transportation executive, Mark began his career in 1976 in Omaha Nebraska as a bus driver. A graduate of Thomas More College, Mark is active in the transit industry and local community. He serves on numerous boards including the American Public Transportation Association, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission, the Ohio Public Transit Association (as past-president), the Downtown Dayton Partnership, Dayton/Montgomery County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Steering Committee member for Access Ohio 2040 and American Bus Benchmarking Group (as past-president).
Sandy Gudorf, Board Member
Sandy Gudorf is president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership. In her role, Sandy works with numerous community partners to lead a variety of programs, activities and initiatives that help ensure that Downtown Dayton is a better place to work, live and be entertained. Specifically, the Downtown Dayton Partnership focuses its work in five primary areas – job attraction and retention, housing development, strengthening downtown’s amenity base, enhancing downtown’s environment and advocacy for downtown. Sandy is a graduate of Wright State University and resides in Clayton with her family.
Brian Martin, Board Member
Brian Martin is the Executive Director of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC). Brian’s primary responsibilities include overseeing all management aspects of the organization, which is responsible for various regional planning activities including air quality, water quality, transportation, land use, research and GIS. He also represents the agency in various capacities on the regional, statewide and national levels. He’s served with three different Metropolitan Planning Organizations, including the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) – MVRPC’s sister agency in Columbus – and has transit planning experience also.
Nan Whaley, Board Member
Originally from Indiana, Nan attended the University of Dayton and has lived in Dayton ever since. She has resided in the Five Oaks neighborhood since 2001 where she lives with her husband, Sam.
Nan’s career is distinguished by her commitment to public service, civic involvement and interest in local government. First elected to the Dayton City Commission in 2005, Nan has also served on the Montgomery County Board of Elections. She is a graduate of Leadership Miami Valley. She currently serves on Greater Ohio’s Community Revitalization Committee, the Learn to Earn Executive Committee for Education, the Montgomery County Planning Commission, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Trustees, and the Dayton Development Coalition Board of Trustees.
As the former chair of the Bike Walk Dayton Committee, Nan supported Dayton in becoming a Bicycle Friendly Community.
Nan Whaley was elected Mayor by Dayton voters in November of 2013, following two City Commission terms.
Eric Oberg, Board Member
Eric Oberg gained his appreciation and love for the outdoors being born and raised in Alaska. His trail interest was piqued when he and his then girlfriend, now wife, trained long-distance sled dogs near Denali National Park for three years. Eric turned the love of trails into an exciting and rewarding career. He led trail-building crews in Denali for six years. This work included everything from survey work across trail-less wilderness to full-scale mechanized construction in the front country of the park.
With a young family in tow, he looked to broaden his career, and the opportunity to join Rails-to-Trails Conservancy presented itself in 2007. In the years since, he has worked extensively throughout the Midwest and entire country with trail groups, decision makers and business leaders on trail projects of all shapes and sizes. He has particularly enjoyed working in some of the Midwest’s finest urban areas, a stark difference from the native village on Kodiak Island where he spent his childhood. He is now Director of Trail Development running RTC’s office in the region.
Eric enjoys time with his wife and two young children, as well as gardening and bluegrass music.
Ken McCall, Board Member
Ken McCall is the former database reporter, now retired, from the Dayton Daily News/Cox Media Group Ohio and an avid cyclist. He began biking to work in the sixth grade when he began delivering newspapers. He’s been riding bikes for transportation and recreation ever since. He is the former volunteer bike coordinator for CMGO’s bike commuting program, which in 2014 earned the company Bicycle Friendly Business status (bronze level) from the League of American Bicyclists. He is a member of Bike Miami Valley, where he serves as co-chairman of the Regional Advocacy Committee; the Dayton Cycling Club; the Ohio Bike Federation; and the League of American Bicyclists.
David Treese, Board Member
David Treese is the Vice President, Law, Logistics & Technology at Bonbright Distributors, Inc., a Dayton-based beer distributor that services 9 counties in southwest Ohio for many fine national and regional brewers, including MillerCoors, Pabst, Heineken, Corona, Guinness, New Belgium, Oskar Blues and Southern Tier, as well as Ohio brewers Great Lakes, Christian Moerlein, Brew Kettle, Four String and theDayton Beer Company.
David is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and the George Washington University School of Law. In a former life he was an attorney for a firm in Washington D.C. but thankfully moved to Dayton 20+ years ago to join the beer business. An avid mountain biker for over 25 years, David now enjoys cycling in all its forms, including mountain, road, commuting and Link bike share.
David lives in Oakwood with his wife and two daughters and when not cycling he enjoys camping in the family Airstream, skiing, kayaking and golfing.