Welcome New Board Members

The Bike Fed remains one of the few nonprofits that selects the majority of its board of directors by vote of its members. This year we had 18 candidates for four open seats on the board. Member-voters returned the two incumbents on the ballot and added two new members to the board. Here are the top four vote-getters and their answers to each of the questions we asked on the ballot. Thanks to everyone who ran and to everyone who voted!

Sydney Prusak, Madison

Commitment to Cycling

My commitment to cycling led me to study urban planning at the University of Copenhagen and pursue a graduate degree at UW. I am especially committed to reducing the gender gap in the cycling community.

Knowledge of bicyclists’ concerns and ability to craft solutions

As a female commuter, I understand larger issues of belonging and exposure that many male cyclists are not aware of. I am a strong advocate for protected bike lanes, workplace showers, and a more mainstreamed approach to encourage female ridership.

Service experience as a leader in a non-profit or business organization

I interned at the Active Transportation Alliance and worked on campaigns to make Chicago a better place to bike. I also canvassed door-to-door, which taught me that the word “no” can act as motivation to be better and further pursue positive change.

Membership and participation in Wisconsin Bike Fed activities and programs

I volunteered as a Bike Fed Booster at events like Bikeorama and the Clips Beer and Film Tour. I really enjoyed connecting with members and encouraging new people to join.

Professional‐level skills in a field of use to the Board and Wisconsin Bike Fed

As an urban planning master’s student, my coursework focuses on how to improve cities. I am a strong researcher and writer, with the ability to prove that cycling is an integral part of this overall “urban betterment”.

Traci Elliott, Wauwatosa

Commitment to Cycling

I have been involved in all kinds of cycling for 25 years. I race cx, mtb, road and this year…fat bike. I have a full stable. I have also been beginner cycling coach through my 17 years in teaching indoor cycling.

Knowledge of bicyclists’ concerns and ability to craft solutions

I ride all disciplines. I hear and experience all sorts of concerns just by being in a pack and riding with others over the years. I am very active in the community through the VeloFemmes and ISCorp race team.

Service experience as a leader in a non-profit or business organization

I served in 4H for 12 years and received a service scholarship. I have served on the Wauwatosa Architectural Review Board as a volunteer for 10 years. I volunteer heavily in my children’s schools.

Membership and participation in Wisconsin Bike Fed activities and programs

I am a recurring Santa Rampage goer, Polish Moon rides and will be doing RAW next year.

Professional‐level skills in a field of use to the Board and Wisconsin Bike Fed

As an architect/contractor, I design and manage large projects. I deal with owners, tradesmen, wholesalers, retailers, banks, government officials, inspectors and budgets. Problems are an everyday occurrence, therefore solutions are also.

Dan Goldberg (incumbent), Bayside

Commitment to Cycling

I’m a cycling commuter, tourist, road/tandem/mtn biker, and racer (road/mtn/track). I’ve organized and been a member of great bike clubs/teams. I know the common bond shared by cyclists but also understand the different objectives within our sport

Knowledge of bicyclists’ concerns and ability to craft solutions

I’m a Bike Law/disability lawyer dealing w/insurance companies, police depts, municipalities, and advocacy groups. My legal/cycling background helps problem solve and advance the Bike Fed mission

Service experience as a leader in a non-profit or business organization

Executive committee mbr/President: early ed non-profit school; Board and finance committee mbr: non-profit middle school; Co-founder/director of Healthpoint Cycling Team; Solicitor in community broad-reach MJF campaign; Board and exec comm member WBF

Membership and participation in Wisconsin Bike Fed activities and programs

WBF mbr 15 yrs, WBF Board mbr 3 yrs, WBF Summits (Madison & LaCrosse), Saris Galas, Santa Rampage, Bike to Work, Bike Week, WI Bike Challenge. As board mbr: revised by-laws, solicited corp. donations, membership incentive drives, retreat/mtg planning

Professional‐level skills in a field of use to the Board and Wisconsin Bike Fed

I’m one of two attys on the board w/Clay G. We provide perspective, analysis, and volunteer our legal services. I’d be honored to serve a second term on the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation Board of Directors and would greatly appreciate your support

Bill Hauda (incumbent), Madison

Commitment to Cycling

Founder (1988) and 1st president Wis Bike Fed. Current board member. Governor’s appointee as bicycling representative to Nonmotorized Recreation and Trails Council. President Friends of Badger Trail. Member Bike Fitchburg and Fitchburg ped-bike counc

Knowledge of bicyclists’ concerns and ability to craft solutions

Four decades of advocacy and directing major events like GRABAAWR & SAGBRAW. Successfully lobbied a Bike Fed initiative that repealed the single file riding rule on state roads, allowing two-abreast.

Service experience as a leader in a non-profit or business organization

Created Bike Wisconsin, the corporation that conducted GRABAAWR and SAGBRAW over 20 years. Served a decade as director of Common Cause in Wisconsin, a nonprofit seeking ethics in government and campaign finance reform.

Membership and participation in Wisconsin Bike Fed activities and programs

From Day One, regular membership, commitment and participation spanning many years.

Professional‐level skills in a field of use to the Board and Wisconsin Bike Fed

Legislative analysis and developing strategy to promote bicycling in all areas of public policy. Responsible for initiating the legislative repeal of the ban on riding our trails at night. Now developing good public policy re the emergence of e-bikes

About Dave Cieslewicz, Executive Director

Dave Cieslewicz served two terms as mayor of Madison where he set the city on a path for Platinum status as one of the best biking cities in North America. Before that he started his own nonprofit, 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, which focuses on land use and transportation policy. He has been an adjunct professor at the UW Madison's Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he teaches a class called Bikes, Pedestrians and Cities. He pronounces his name chess LEV ich, but nobody else does.

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