Staff and Board of Directors
Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op Liaison
Cycling Advisory Committee Liaison
Daniel Hall, Executive Director
I am a proud Londoner, a father of two, husband of one, and I ride in comfort on an upright 3-speed. I am honoured to be hired on as London Cycle Link's Executive Director and am excited to work together to help more Londoners choose to ride a bike. I will work hard to link the cycling community so we can amplify our voice and be heard - advocating for Bikes on Dundas, an increased budget for bike infrastructure, and a better TVP will be top priorities. Our city has much to gain from more people choosing to ride; expanding the programs and community outreach of the Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op will help move London's cycling culture forward. I welcome your ideas, support, encouragement, criticism, and passing hello's (spontaneous meetups while riding are one of my favourite things!) and look forward to what we can accomplish together.
Luis Patricio, Board Chair
Bicycles are an integral part of my life. Since 2004 I have been using a bike as my main vehicle. Before that, I used to drive everywhere, when I discovered the bike I wanted to share it with everybody, that led me to create and manage Bike-to-work and Bike-to-school initiatives for more than a decade and to write a book about all those experiences called "My garage is a living room". I could see, first hand, all the social, economic, health and environmental benefits of urban cycling, but I wanted to understand the underlying principles of Behaviour Change, so I enrolled in an Urban Planning Master's Program to investigate the incentives to promote bike commuting based on TDM principles and the social-ecological model. For me, bikes are a powerful tool to advance urban literacy - the ability to understand, interact with and influence urban environments in a positive way - and I enjoy finding the connections between cycling and other aspects of a friendly city. In 2016 I decided to become a Londoner along with my three kids and I would love to see the streets of our city as a big welcoming living room and garden.
Marna Fujimoto-Pihl, Secretary
My love of cycling started as a teenager north of London, when I’d race down gravel roads, "training" for the Summer Olympics. Later, I lived in and biked regularly around Montreal and Toronto before meeting my husband, also an avid cyclist. We rode along the Don Valley on our third date, which led to many epic rides together, including the MS Grand Bend to London charity ride. We now have two young kids, and even though these days my kids bike more than I do, I still adore the freedom that cycling gives me. I feel so alive on my bike – and I love that it gives me access to hidden gems in a city that most people never get to experience! I’m excited to use my communications, engagement organizing and coaching skills to encourage and empower more people across London – especially families – to cycle this beautiful city.
Greg Staeger, Treasurer
Growing up in West London, my friends and I got big into biking trails. As we got older, bigger and better this evolved into dirt jumping. For Londoners, this meant frequenting the jumps in behind Byron Somerset School. A friend and I had a pact that, if one of us hit "the double", the other would too. Well, towards the end of summer, I did it. My friend, determined to keep our bet, lined up, gripped tight and ended up with a broken arm. After that I didn’t bike much. It wasn’t until recently, during my first trip to Europe, that I realized how great cycling is again. A few months after my return, the position of treasurer on the board of London Cycle Link opened up. With infrastructure changes being talked about in London and my recent trip in mind, this was a great way to get back into biking while helping make London a more cycle and health friendly city.
Trevor Dias, Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op Liaison
I think I have always loved cycling. I think you see things differently for a bike. My first bike in Canada was shiny black 10s Peugeot, from which I was seldom parted. I was also always interested in how things worked. This lead to a career as an Electronics/Robotics Technician, a job where I travelled extensively throughout Ontario and Canada. Family life combined with job-related travel left no time for cycling. Years later one afternoon while stuck in Windsor, waiting for parts, not for the first time, I walked into a bike store and bought a bike. And that rekindled my passion for riding again. I took that bike with me in my service vehicle everywhere I went. After I retired I attended The Winterbourne Bicycle Institute and qualified as a Certified Bicycle Mechanic. Working at MEC and volunteering at the Squeaky Wheel Bike Co-op has really deepened my appreciation for community. I look forward to my role as SWBC Liaison in enabling both parts of our organization to be more cohesive in achieving our collective goals.
Rebecca Henderson, Cycling Advisory Committee Rep
I discovered cycling later in life (30s!) while studying cycling deaths in my PhD research. Rather than fear, I learned cycling deaths are quite rare, and this experience moved me to buy a bike and first experience the joy and freedom of cycling. Riding my bike is the best when I can do it with my family, and on rides with friends - the social benefit is very important for me. I’m passionate about how we can use measurements and methods to drive evidence-based decisions in policy and planning. For example, how we monetize and quantify cycling costs and benefits, particularly the social benefits, such as journey ambience and sense of community, impacts decision-making. I’m still studying, and am interested in cycling collisions in London, and how we can change attitudes to accelerate cycling uptake in our city. I’d love to chat with you about anything cycling in our community!
Molly Miksa, Communications
I grew up north of London, in Thorndale. The summer I was eight I broke a pact with my best friend and learned to ride a bike. Though I once rode the 8km to school after missing the bus in grade 5, cycling wasn’t a big deal until later. At 21 I moved to downtown Toronto and found cycling to be the fastest, cheapest and most convenient means of transportation. When I became a photographer, I had an extension put on my bike so I could carry my gear. I became Chief Photographer for Dandyhorse, a magazine dedicated to the art and culture of cycling, and got to take portraits of people with their bikes for 7 years. When I had kids, I attached seats to the back of my bike, which I now remove as they learn to ride on their own. Not long after I returned to London in 2015, I was asked if I’d like to get involved with London Cycle Link. From my first introduction I found a welcoming community and saw the great potential for cycling in London. I am delighted to have a small part in bringing that potential to life.
Hailey Tallman, Board Director
By choice, I’ve never owned a car. Partly that’s been because I’ve either lived in cities that are small enough to bike across (London, Halifax, Victoria), or because I’ve lived in cities that have great rapid-transit (Toronto, Daegu Korea, Semarang Indonesia, Montreal) or good enough cycling infrastructure (Montreal). Cars were also cost-prohibitive when I was volunteering in places like Guatemala, or studying art therapy. Now that I’m working as an art therapist and can probably finally afford a car, I find I’d rather save my money for travelling, and don’t prefer to experience my city from behind a windshield. The wind on my face destresses me after a trying day working in long-term care. The colours and smells of the TVP revitalize me in all seasons! I hope to find creative ways to offer some of my energy, vitality, love of art, culture, and community and art hive experience to this great team!
Ben Durham, Board Director
Some of my favourite things to do are utility biking, blogging, and producing videos. I’ve worked in a broad range of industries and have a lot of experience to bring to the table – especially creative digital marketing. When I was 18, I started “borrowing” my dad’s old bike to get around town. Eventually, I got a car, but traffic is such a horrible way to spend one’s limited time… So, I began biking again. Now, I do almost everything by DIY electric bicycle! London has a lot of room to grow in terms of cycling culture and its infrastructure. I want to see more movement towards the cycling community’s growth which will spur the public demand for better bicycle infrastructure. I look forward to working with this already strong community of action-oriented, fun-loving, and open-minded individuals who will make a difference in London in the years to come!
Becca Minielly, Board Director
I was too afraid to ride a bicycle without training-wheels until age 10 (approximately). But I’m forever thankful to parents who pushed me outside my childhood comfort zone. Actually, learning to ride a bike was a significant milestone in my personal growth. This story also captures how I still perceive cycling - it is a transformative endeavour. I grew up in the country but home in cities when I studied geography for my undergrad. I’ve always been passionate about community building, and I’ve come to believe that cities have so much capacity for connection. And I’ve come to believe that cycling can transform an otherwise disconnected environment into one of welcome, access, and growth. Cities that are built for active transportation create greater opportunities for people to interact meaningfully. In the last few years, I’ve become very interested in outdoor/experiential education and how it could contribute to personal and communal transformation. I’m excited to work on cycling education for a healthier, more resilient London!