View the Annual Report for 2015 HERE
View the Annual Report for 2016 HERE
View the Annual Report for 2017 HERE
View the Annual Report for 2019 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.
Paul Jones, President
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.
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 serve a population of approximately 500,000. She has extensive experience working with elected officials and community organizations.
Becky has a Master Degree in 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.
Travis Knight, Treasurer
Travis Knight grew up in Huber Heights and attended the University of Dayton. After graduating in 2010, he moved downtown and got hooked on the Dayton experience. Travis is a CPA and Manager at Thorn, Lewis + Duncan in Stratacache Tower, where he spent the last 10 years watching Dayton thrive with a view from the 20th floor. Now residing at The Landing, Travis is a frequent user of Link: Dayton Bike Share, to commute between home, work, and play. In his spare time, Travis likes to take advantage of all the city has to offer, including Sportcial events, Dayton Ultimate, and exploring new hangouts with old friends. Travis dreams of one day taking a Link ride with his cat, Kevin, in the basket. Go Flyers!
Scott Murphy, Past 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.
Leslie King, Board Member
Leslie King is the Director of the University of Dayton Rivers Institute, where she oversees the River Steward program, the RiverMobile, and the River Summit, among many other community projects and student-led initiatives.
Before coming to UD in July 2009, Leslie was the Assistant Director of Antioch Education Abroad in Yellow Springs for four and a half years. At both jobs, Leslie has been able to enjoy our region’s bike trails which are so conveniently located next to both campuses. Leslie has a Natural Resource Management degree and studied protected area management and environmental protection at West Virginia University. She received a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a certificate in Non-Profit and Community Leadership in 2014.
She has spent over 20 years working in the environmental education and community advocacy fields and has worked with non-profits abroad and in the US. As a native of the Dayton region, Leslie is excited about the opportunity to serve on the Bike Miami Valley Board and be part of leading our community towards a sustainable future. Currently, Leslie also serves on the board of the Five Rivers MetroParks Foundation and the Steering Committee for the Greater Dayton Partners for the Environment. In her free time, Leslie can be found with her two children and husband, enjoying the many trails in our area on bike, by foot and kayak!
Danielle Phillips, Board Member
Danielle moved to Dayton in 2008 to attend college at the University of Dayton and has been in love with the city ever since. She currently lives in the Oregon Historic District, where she enjoys using Link: Dayton Bike Share to get to and from her workplace at LMG (Lunne Marketing Group). She’s been actively involved in other community organizations, including UpDayton and AAF Dayton (American Advertising Federation). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and drinking coffee.
James Muhammad, Board Member
James Muhammad is an internationally recognized comedian, public speaker and native of Dayton. His community involvement is centered on sustainable civic progress and innovations of the new sharing economy. He believes that the Link: Dayton Bike Share program represents a model opportunity in both areas. A terrible fisherman, novice bird watcher, and collector of hats – he is an avid enthusiast for the continued growth of the recreational assets of the Miami Valley.
Walt is the Local Affairs Manager for Vectren, a CenterPoint Energy Company. He responsible for government affairs and building relationships with businesses seeking to move into or expand their operations in west central Ohio. He is actively involved with several local, regional and state economic development organizations throughout the 16 counties served natural gas by Vectren. Currently, Walt is involved with several community and development non-profit Boards including; Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau, CountyCorp Board of Directors, Preble County Development Partnership, and is a member of the Dayton Development Coalition Priority Development Advisory Committee, the Montgomery County Workforce Investment Board and Transportation Improvement District Board, the Dayton Air Show Board of Directors, the Dayton Public Schools Business Advisory Committee and Dayton Rotary Club Board of Directors. Walt has a bachelor’s degree in construction technology from
Eastern Kentucky University and has studied Architectural Technology at Sinclair Community College. He is a bicycling touring enthusiast, since 2007, participating in over 15 national, century rides for JDRF, raising funds to find a cure for diabetes, he also participates in the Young’s Charity Bike Tour and has ridden in the Five Boro Ride in NYC. He and his spouse, Joan, have two adult children and currently reside in Sugarcreek Township.
Tony Kroeger is the Planning Division Manager for the City of Dayton. He lives in Dayton’s St. Anne’s Hill neighborhood, which proves easy Link: Dayton Bike Share access. Originally from Cincinnati, he moved to Dayton in 2006. Before moving to Dayton, he earned degrees in City Planning from Miami University and Clemson University, and worked for Greenville County, SC. Tony believes that mobility options such as Link: Dayton Bike Share have been instrumental in the revitalization of downtown and its surrounding historic districts.
As Chief Customer and Business Development Officer of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA), Brandon Policicchio leads the department in fostering positive and progressive relationships with RTA employees, customers, area agencies, governments and businesses organizations. His team focuses on the delivery of RTA’s mobility coordination vision, ensuring the delivery of seamless, accessible, customer-focused services for the region. With over 10 years of experience in the public transportation
industry, Brandon began in 2006 as a student bus operator at The Ohio State University, while earning his bachelor’s degree. He later accepted a position with the Central Ohio Transit Authority prior to joining Dayton RTA in 2012. Brandon resides in Centerville, where he enjoys spending time with his wife
Stacy Schweikhart, AICP
Stacy serves the Dayton Region as the Director of Strategy and Engagement for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. In her role, she leads a portfolio of complex regional initiatives including expansion of alternative transportation and specialized transit options, environmental planning and sustainability, water and air quality protection, enhancement of livability and racial equity in communities, and recovery from the 2019 tornado disaster. Before joining MVRPC in July 2019, Stacy served for 18 years in various leadership roles with the City of Kettering, Ohio and as the liaison for the University of Dayton (go flyers!) leading several community development initiatives in the urban neighborhoods surrounding campus.
Stacy earned her Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Dayton. She lives in Kettering, Ohio with her family where they enjoy convenient access to the largest paved trail network in the country. An avid road cyclist, Stacy is the Team Captain for FightON, a southwest Ohio based cycling team that has raised more than $400,000.00 since 2014 to fund cancer research at the OSU James Comprehensive Cancer Center.