A U T H O R S
Bruce is a cycling instructor, daily transportation rider and a bicycle tourist at every opportunity. Bruce is interested in the protection of rights of access to our public thoroughfares no matter how we travel or who we are, and improved safety and community relations through education. He lives in Bennington.
Julie is the editor of STVT, an urban designer, land planner and author who writes about urban form and the changing landscape. Her books include Made for Walking and Visualizing Density. Through her practice, Terra Firma Design she helps communities and organizations plan for the future.
Bethany Fleishman, Transportation Program Manager at Vital Communities/Upper Valley Transportation Management Association. Bethany lives in Hartford, VT. She has worked in public health outreach, as a line cook and pastry chef, and as a member of the Town of Hartford Selectboard. She serves on the board of directors for both Advance Transit and Upper Valley CarShare and is a lifelong bike commuter. Read essays by Bethany
Sammy is the Marketing Director at Old Spokes Home and a UVM student. He is a lifelong bike commuter and a proponent of all things bike-related. He has served as President of the UVM Cycling Team, worked as a professional mechanic, and volunteered as a high school mountain bike coach. Read essays by Sammy
Wilmot W. Irish was born and raised on a farm on Irish Hill Road in Shelburne. After serving in the Korean War and a 38-year career in cooperative extension in Connecticut and New York, he returned to the family homestead, which he shares with his daughter and son-in-law.
Laura is Old Spokes Home's first executive director as of October 2016. Before joining Old Spokes Home she worked with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) founded by Syrians and Iraqis to respond to the crises in their countries. She is grateful to be back home and part of a local effort to ensure equitable access to clean, active transportation and the opportunities created by such access. Read essays by Laura
Larry Lewack is the Executive Director of The Vermont Rail Action Network. He has twenty years experience in non-profit human services in Vermont. His volunteer resume includes over ten years serving on planning commissions in Winooski and Burlington, and as a member of Vermont Governor Howard Dean’s Council of Environmental Advisors. Read essays by Larry
Debra Sachs is Executive Director of Net Zero Vermont. She is a change agent, innovator and passionate about sustainable development and transitioning to a low carbon economy. Deb oversees a consulting firm, EcoStrategies, LLC providing government, business, and NGO clients with technical assistance in sustainability, planning, public engagement, transportation efficiency, and renewable energy generation. She assists Go! Vermont with business outreach. Read essays by Deb
Mary Sullivan, of Burlington, represents Chittenden District 6-5 in the Vermont House of Representatives. A long-time legislator, she has served on the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, as well as the Joint Energy Committee. She is the former Director of Communications at Burlington Electric Department and a past board member of Car Share VT.
Jared Ulmer is the Climate & Health Program Coordinator for the Vermont Department of Health. In this role, Jared helps Vermonters increase preparedness for the health impacts of climate change and promotes health improvement through appropriate climate change mitigation strategies. Jared is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Read essays by Jared
Allegra is the Livable Streets Program Manager at Local Motion. She collaborates with local governments, schools, and activists across the state who want to make their communities better places to walk and bike. She has previously served as program director for a planning and development lab within MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, as a neighborhood and sustainability planner for a small municipality, and as a community organizer for a community development corporation. She lives in Burlington’s Old North End with her husband and two young sons. Read essays by Allegra