The mission of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance is to promote active transportation as healthy, safe and reliable for all Idahoans.
We envision a transportation system throughout Idaho that supports and encourages walking, bicycling, and active transportation which includes:
A seamless infrastructure network including streets, sidewalks, crossings, and shared-use pathways.
Transportation planning decisions which incorporate active transportation at the state, regional, and local levels.
A transportation financing system in which bicycle and pedestrian transportation receive a fair share of funding so Idaho communities can build and maintain a great cycling/walking system.
A comprehensive program at the state level for active transportation which includes equality, engineering, enforcement, education, encouragement and evaluation.
Board of Directors
J.Patrick Riceci, Boise, President
Nurtured by the descendants of Romulus and Remus, Patrick is a native of Carmel, California and has lived in Idaho since 1954. He joined the IWBA board in June 2014. He is a recovering attorney, having recently retired from the Boise City Attorney’s Office, where he focused on real estate and other transactional work. He graduated from the Monterey Institute of Foreign (International) Studies (B.A. Politics and Diplomacy, Italian), the University of Idaho College of Law (J.D.) and Saint Louis University College of Law (LL.M. Health Law).
He has previously served as Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General (Antitrust Division), the elected Boise County Prosecuting Attorney and legal counsel to the late Governor John V. Evans. He practiced law in Boise for several years before moving to Tennessee in 1992. He returned to Idaho from Tennessee in 2001.
From 1968-1971 Pat served in the Army (ours) and spent two years in Italy protecting the United States from the Communist hoards in what was then Yugoslavia.
As an undergraduate, he attended the University of Coimbra, Portugal. Aside from his study of Portuguese, the highlight of his time in Portugal consisted of drinking copious amount of vinho verde branco and fighting a bull Portuguese style. (Really!)
Patrick has been a recreational cyclist for nearly 40 years and is one of the founding members of Treasure Valley Cycling Alliance. Despite his strong interest in the “bike” mission of IWBA, he retains an ever-increasing interest making Idaho’s streets safer and more pedestrian-friendly than they are today.
Patrick can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nora Locken, Moscow, Vice President
Nora is a founding board member of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance. She lives in Moscow with her husband and young son. Nora was motivated to become involved in biking and walking advocacy at the statewide level by a desire to better connect local advocacy work and decision-makers in Boise. She continues to be excited about the possibility of more sidewalk, pathway and bike lane connectivity. Providing safe walking and biking options is a great economic equalizer and a fun way to get around town!
In her free time, Nora enjoys being outdoors – hiking, camping, biking and cross-country skiing. She is a dedicated gardener and raises a flock of chickens in the backyard. Nora also volunteers with the Latah County Parks Board, First Book and her beloved community radio station, Radio Free Moscow.
Nora can be contacted at: email@example.com
Bret Tinker, Boise, Treasurer
Mr. Tinker, Vice President of Commercial Banking for Mountain West Bank since May of 2013, brings over 25 years of banking experience to the table. He possesses keen insight into financial overview, construction, management and operations in the local market. His areas of expertise include marketing and sales management, business and client development and small business marketing strategies.
Mr. Tinker has a rich history of service including involvement in the Idaho Community Reinvestment Corporation, Business Information Center/Small Business Association and Small Business Success Center and The Terraces of Boise- a newly planned “Continuing Care Retirement Center” currently under construction at Harris Ranch in Boise. He is also a member and past President of the Boise Vista Lions Club.
He is Co-Founder and Board Member of Ride Idaho, a week-long fully supported bicycle ride that starts and ends somewhere different in the State of Idaho with a mission to provide positive economic impacts for smaller, more rural communities and showcase the rich history and culture of the state.
Bret can be found during the summer on week days and weekends cycling in the local community biking events and enjoys salmon and steelhead fishing when the runs are on.
Bret can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Niki lives in Pocatello with her 6 year old son and is a native of Woodstock, Virginia. Her love of bicycles started long ago and her ‘go big or go home’ mentality started young too – with a femur break at age 8 that she earned racing her bike down the barn hill on the family farm.
Niki works for Bannock Transportation Planning Organization and is the Portneuf Valley Bike to Work Coordinator. She has a MPA from ISU and completed her undergraduate work there also. Niki is a bike enthusiast, a proponent of active transportation, leave no trace ethics, and outdoor activities of all kinds. She enjoys working with local decision makers and comes to IWBA with the intent of affecting statewide decision makers through a broader spectrum of bike/ped advocacy.
In her free time, Niki enjoys cooking for, playing with and snuggling her little boy. She is an extreme snowboarder and mountain biker and can usually be found on a resort lift in any season, or trying to not be found on a hidden gem of a trail somewhere in Idaho.
Niki can be contacted at: email@example.com
Molly O’Reilly, Sandpoint, Past President
Molly is a founding member and president of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance. She founded and chaired the City of Sandpoint Pedestrian Advisory Committee and served on Idaho’s Safe Routes to School Committee. Molly is past vice president of America Walks and currently serves as a board member.
In addition, Molly was a founding member of Sensible Transportation Options for People in Portland, Oregon, whose mission was to stop a proposed freeway and advocate for light rail, bikes, smart growth and pedestrians. She served as a Citizen Member for the Portland Metro Region Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee, and she was Executive Director of Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Oregon.
Molly has an extensive background in sales, market research and management. She has a B.A. from Reed College and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University.
Molly sailed the South Pacific with her husband for four years in the 1990’s, walking many towns and cities from Ecuador to Adelaide between times at sea.
Molly can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tim Adams lives in Teton Valley, Idaho with his wonderful family, Shawn his wife and two sons Finnegan and Benjamin. When he is not watching his kids play hockey, baseball, and basketball, or playing a ruckus game of cribbage with Shawn, he can be found running the back roads year round or biking in the mountains out his back door.
Tim is the Executive Director for Teton Valley Trails and Pathways, a bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organization in rural Eastern Idaho. He has been in the position for nearly 10 years. He is also a founding board member of IWBA . (Little known secret: he designed the logo that is still in use.) Tim has spent a career in non-profit, including time with Outward Bound in North Carolina, as a Director at Nature Bridge (formerly Yosemite National Institutes), and as the Director of an Environmental Education School and Camp in the Bay Area.
Tim is inspired every day by the beauty that surrounds him in Teton Valley and the people that live in his special community.
Tim can be contacted at: email@example.com
Don started walking on his first birthday. He has walked every day since then. He does not view walking and bicycling as alternative transportation, rather it is original transportation. It is what we are designed or created to do as human beings. Driving is the true alternative transportation.
Don is a private consultant who specializes in planning and designing for original transportation. He began his career at Chicago Transit Authority and worked at Ada County Highway District from 2002 to 2008 before moving back to his native North Carolina to work in consulting for 8 years. He returned to Boise in 2016 and regularly travels by foot, by bike or by bus. He has walked or biked to school with his daughter since she was 3 years old.
During his career, Don has worked with 13 state Departments of Transportation, federal government agencies, more than 15 metropolitan planning organizations, and numerous municipal governments. He has led more than 50 pedestrian, bicycle and greenways planning and design projects for places large and small. His passion for walking stems from working with people who are disabled and analyzing a variety of data and crash reports related to how vulnerable people are when walking on our streets.
Prior to returning to Idaho, Don served on the Boards of Directors for BikeWalk NC, the Asheville (NC) Design Center, and Rainbow Community School. Don has also served on the Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Transportation Demand Management and the City of Asheville’s Multimodal Transportation Commission.
Don at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I ride because it is “my time”. Time to come up with brilliant ideas, new ways to save the world, and I can just be. When we get out of our motorized boxes into the fresh air amazing things happen. Choosing to walk or bike makes it possible to connect with people in our neighborhoods. We discover the businesses within them that we may have missed at 35mph. I am extremely fortunate to live in place that has so much to offer!”
Jamie currently lives and frolics in Coeur d’Alene Idaho and has since 1991. On the very day she moved there her car broke down and she literally met Tom, her husband of 25+ years, in a parking lot. Three children, the ups and downs of marriage, a mutual love of the outdoors, and an ability to get past the insanity has kept them on their toes, but provided so much more!
She has had the privilege of being her own boss since 2008, which lets her celebrate the great outdoors (of which there is no shortage in Coeur d’Alene), age semi-gracefully (not really, she fights it the whole way), include her children in the day to day operations, and advocate for organizations that encourage more people to choose to walk or ride instead of drive!
Some of her most fulfilling professional moments are when she helps a small business owner find a new online avenue to promote their business and help them become walk/bike friendly.
Along with spending as much time as she can with her family and running her business; she is also: a Board Member for the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation, a Board Member for the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, and volunteers when she can to support active “transportation” in her community.
Jamie can be reached at: email@example.com
Chris Staley, Idaho Falls
“Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race.” So said H. G. Wells. While Chris may not totally share H.G.’s optimism, he is passionate about cycling – any kind! If it has two (or three) wheels and two pedals it’s all good. His bucket list is made up of roads and trails he’s yet to ride. Chris wants to inspire and enable others to re-discover the freedom and joy of cycling, and maybe in the process, save a little of the planet.
Chris was fortunate enough to attend college in one of the premier bicycle-friendly campuses and towns – University of California, Davis. At the time, he didn’t appreciate how far ahead of its time Davis was. The campus was large and closed to cars, so bicycling was a necessity – the campus was laced with multi-use paths and even had roundabouts! It was during those years he got his first decent road bike and became a serious road cyclist. Since then, cycling – all kinds – has been his favorite sport and hobby.
Chris realizes how much work needs to be done to improve active transportation; hence his involvement in pedestrian/bike advocacy. In 2007, he was part of a small group who formed a non-profit called Idaho Falls Community Pathways. Today Idaho Falls is making significant progress in addressing infrastructure needs. Though this group certainly can’t take full credit for their city’s awakening, they most certainly had some impact in nudging the city forward.
Chris can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia Gibson, Executive Director
Cynthia has lived in Boise for the last twenty-plus years after leaving the east coast congestion behind. She has loved every single moment in Idaho and now considers this vast state her home.
Cynthia is passionate about being outdoors, whether she is travelling to work or recreating in Idaho’s wilderness. Working for Idaho Walk Bike Alliance allows her to share her love to move more and drive less, which she relishes every day. Now that she has landed her dream job, she enjoys connecting with all the amazing advocates throughout the state to make their communities safer, healthier and more liveable.
Prior to this position, she worked in media sales in Boise. She liked that job too, but it required daily driving. When she isn’t working, you can find Cynthia in the foothills with her dogs, Maggie and Olive.
Cynthia can be reached at email@example.com or 208-345-1105.
Robyn Hayes, Outreach and Development Director
From the time Robyn could escape her mother’s watchful eyes to climb the mountain (a hill really) behind her childhood home in the rolling hills of southeastern Montana to search for turtles, listen to birdcalls and watch the clouds, she has held an enduring love of the outdoors. So she was thrilled to join the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance where she can help promote the need for safe access for pedestrians and cyclists throughout the state. She lives near the Greenbelt in Boise and uses it to commute to the IWBA office downtown a few days a week.
Robyn moved to Boise in 2015 with her husband, who received a job offer he couldn’t refuse. After living for years in the mountains of Utah near Park City, she is adjusting to the fact that snow doesn’t stick around long in the City of Trees but loving that she can finally grow more than a handful of grape tomatoes before the frost claims them! She and her husband are enjoying exploring and experiencing all of the wonderful outdoor pursuits Idaho has to offer. They enjoy hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and backpacking, and spending time with their cats Cleo and Avery.
As the Alliance’s Outreach and Development Director, Robyn will manage the organization’s communications efforts and fundraising activities. She will also take advantage of her strategic communications background to elevate the profile of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance and expand awareness of the importance of its work statewide.
Robyn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-345-1105.
Ceci Thunes, Safe Routes to School Campaign Coordinator
Ceci lives in Boise, in a quiet neighborhood close to downtown, where she and her boxer mix, Peanut, enjoy the foothills and friendly dog parks. Ceci moved to Boise in 1987, and for most of her adult life has worked in and around downtown Boise, walking or biking much of the time. She’s had the benefit of watching the city evolve through stages of development and recession, and learned how smart growth requires progressive thinking and incorporates all modes of transportation.
Ceci has worked with several local companies in management capacities, including Asiago’s and The Modern Hotel & Bar. Most recently she served as the legislative intern with Gallatin Public Affairs. Ceci will work closely with Idaho Walk Bike Alliance’s partners to move active transportation and healthy living policy priorities forward in Idaho. She has a BA in Economics and a minor in Political Science from Boise State University.
Ceci can be reached at email@example.com or 208-345-1105.
Idaho Walk Bike History
On April 23, 2009, a group of people convened at Boise State University for Idaho’s first ever “Statewide Conference on Active Transportation.” Participants came from all corners of Idaho and included representatives from 17 local advocacy groups, three state agencies and eight local government/transportation planning agencies. All had come prepared to address whether it was time to form a statewide advocacy group. “It was electrifying,” said George Knight, who organized the conference, “to have all these advocates gathered in the same room. Their vision was clear. They foresaw a statewide organization that would give local advocacy for walking and biking its strongest voice possible.”
After a day of discussion and brainstorming, it was agreed that there ought to be a statewide group whose objectives would include:
• help people change car trips into bicycle and walking trips;
• assist local groups accomplish needed changes to local ordinances;
• facilitate the reinstatement of Transportation Enhancement funding, to ensure bicycle and pedestrian facilities were not only funded, but built;
• advocate for state law to establish a Complete Streets policy;
• aid the development of a statewide Bicycle Route system;
• advocate for inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian safety and operation components in school curricula, driver education, and driver licensing exams.
Impetus from the Statewide Conference inspired a working group of seven people to form the organization that became incorporated in October of 2009 as an Idaho nonprofit, called Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle Alliance, (IPBA).
Building Capacity and Permanence: (2010 – present)
The seven founding Directors met monthly, wrote bylaws, set up a membership structure, and began recruiting members. A vision was established, and strategic goals and objectives were set.
IWBA gained respect and visibility throughout the state. Additional grant money was procured, allowing the organization to open an office in downtown Boise within walking distance of the Idaho State Capitol building. IWBA hired a full-time Executive Director, and half-time Executive Assistant.
In March 2014, the board changed its name to Idaho Walk Bike Alliance. At the same time IWBA hosted Idaho’s first Legislative Bike Walk Luncheon. Seven bi-partisan legislators attended. IWBA also hosted two legislative bicycle rides; open to IWBA members so that they could ask questions of their lawmakers and debate issues in a non-traditional, casual way.
We began building a history of successful influence with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD). When we first learned that the Community Choices for Idaho grant program was unsupported by ITD executives, we launched a Statewide Advocacy Campaign, encouraging Idaho communities to write or call their District board members thanking them for their support of the Community Choices program and encouraging the ITD board to increase staff and resources. Our campaign generated more letters than the ITD Board had ever received over any one issue.
As we continue to be a voice for Idaho communities, IWBA has directly caused a substantial oversubscription of applications for Community Choices for Idaho grants. We are now advocating as a stronger voice for pedestrians across the state, and actively promoting a vibrant Safe Routes to Schools program in Idaho.
The Future: (2015- 2020)
Trends across the country are revealing a preference toward communities that value and plan for increasing numbers of people who choose to walk and bike. These communities, such as Boise, Portland, Salt Lake City and Anchorage are seeing a surge in their local economies. Home values go up, access to a skilled work force increases, the quality of life improves as cities acknowledge the wave of the future. Idaho Walk Bike Alliance is poised to ride this wave and generate a few of our own.
The bottom line is we want more people to be able to walk and/or ride their bicycles more often. We believe walkers and bicyclists have the right to safe passage, true connectivity and convenience on our way to work, to school, to shop, to visit friends and family, or simply for the pleasure of movement. The benefits are significant and wide-ranging for all. The future is now.