Say hi to Randy here!
1) How/when did you get into cycling as a
In 1988 I started working part-time for the Chicagoland Bicycle
Federation which at the time was three years old and all-volunteer.
I grew up with CBF and was the executive director from 1 half time
staffer to more than 30 employees. Lots of things happened
during that time including the first bike racks, the first bike
lanes, bikes on trains and Bike the Drive. In 2004 we hired a
new executive director, Rob Sadowsky, and I became Chief Strategy
Officer to help usher in the mission expansion to include transit
and pedestrian along side our cycling work.
In 2009 I moved to SRAM. I direct the SRAM
Cycling Fund which supports national advocacy for cycling
infrastructure in the US and Europe. On behalf of SRAM I also
work with America Bikes lobbying for federal funding for
cycling. And I work with the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the National Complete
Streets Coalition on strategies for organizing and policy.
I'm still in love with Active Trans and serve on the board of
directors. I also sit on the Transportation Committee of CMAP which controls our
region's transportation funding. I also try to stay active
politically with Walk Bike Transit, a political action organizing
effort. I'm hoping that a cycling-friendly mayor, transition
plan, CDOT commissioner, city council and all of us will bring
protected bike lanes, bike share and a cycling renaissance to
2) How did you get an honorary sign named after you at
Wilson and Damen?
I've done a lot of work for the city over the past two
decades, helping to start and grow the bicycle program and building
support for funding cycling infrastructure in Congress and the
state capital. As part of an ActiveTrans gala in 2005 which
celebrated my career, a couple of Aldermen arranged for the
(There's also a trail in the suburbs named in my honor.
Trivia question: Where is it?)
2) How does your organization(s) directly benefit
Here are the names and links to my organizations:
One unifying benefit is that all of these orgs build broad
pubic support for improved cycling infrastructure.
3) Do you specialize in a certain type of
Mostly transportation cycling but I also work with mountain
biking and bicycle tourism.
4) What are your "must-have" items for cycling (this
could be a tool, an accessory, a food, etc.)
Euro-style rain cape
5) What's your favorite bike?
My favorite bike is ever evolving but it is always very spry
and very utilitarian. Key elements are full fenders, gears,
upright bars, a front carrier, a rear rack, at least one basket,
non-removable lights including dual head lights, a lock carrier,
and disk brakes. I could go into a long story on why each of
theses elements are essential to a useful urban vehicle.
6) What is your biggest challenge at your
Figuring out how to engage the mainstream in cycling.
7) What do you see as the biggest area of opportunity
in your niche market?
I don't want a niche market, I want a mainstream market.
When you want to see over 10% of urban trips by bike you have
to engage every demographic. Copenhagen has almost 40% of
trips, everyone cycles.
8) How do you think the cycling community has changed
in the last year or two?
I don't think it has. It changed more in 07 and 08,
which was the last gas price spike. We don't know the impact
of the current spike yet.
9) If you could go on a bike ride with anyone (living
or dead), who would it be?
My grandfather, John Neufeld, in his neighborhood; Brighton