The Virginia Bicycling Federation is a statewide advocacy organization working to change public policy and community attitudes, to improve the safety, convenience, and acceptance of bicycling; and to promote bicycling for transportation, recreation, public health and economic development.
With roots going back to about 1980, the current organization was formed in the early 1990s by bike clubs and other organizations, businesses and individuals coming together to form a unified voice.
We work closely with organizations like the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, League of American Bicyclists, International Mountain Bicycling Association, Alliance for Biking and Walking, Adventure Cycling Association, Rails to Trails Conservancy, Bike Virginia, and Friends of the Rivers of Virginia.
We work directly with elected officials and government agencies — the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), and Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) — to gain advancements in bicycling access and safety, and development of off-road trails.
We helped develop the VDOT Policy for Integrating Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodations (adopted 2004). We stay engaged with VDOT officials, and with legislators, to ensure implementation and improvement of these policies.
We work with state and local governments to promote bicycling-oriented tourism, and economic development through bicycling. For example, we’ve been working with VDOT, AASHTO, Adventure Cycling, and local planners to improve routing and signage of US Bike Routes 1 and 76; and promoting them with our annual Cross-State Ride.
We raise awareness of bicycling through events like our Cross-State Ride, and delivering the Governor’s Bike Month Proclamation; and by giving Bicycling Friendly awards.
We promote bicyclist safety through education for bicyclists and motorists.
We promote bicycling as a safe, low cost, energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and healthy means of transportation and recreation.
VBF is an all-volunteer organization, with no paid staff. Our activities are supported by membership fees and donations. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our membership fees and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law.
Many of our board members are League Cycling Instructors (LCI), certified by the League of American Bicyclists.
2017 Board of Directors
Champe Burnley, President, is a life-long cyclist who is a native of Richmond Virginia. He is Co-Chairman of the Mayor’s Bicycling, Pedestrian and Trails Commission in Richmond and a former President of the Richmond Area Bicycling Association (RABA). Champe also sits on the boards of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, Richmond 2015 and Partnership for Smarter Growth.
Tom Bowden, Vice President, is a Richmond attorney/MBA, a bike commuter, and frequent bike writer, especially known for “How to Talk About Cycling to a Conservative.” Mr. Bowden is also chairman of the board of Bike Virginia.
Lloyd J. “Bud” Vye,our Treasurer and Advocacy Director, is VBF’s point person for bicycle issues when the Virginia General Assembly is in session. He is also the Advocacy Chair for the Richmond Area Bicycling Association (RABA), and was their Social Ride Captain for 13 years, until giving up that post to become the Chair of the Heart of Virginia Century, their major event held every September. He also represents RABA and the cycling community on the Richmond Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee and has been involved in a number of other efforts, including meetings pertaining to the Virginia Capital Trail, since retiring as Maintenance Manager for Circuit City Stores, Inc. Read the Bud Vye interview by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Rachel Ruhlen, Secretary, is a Transportation Planner for the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission who bicycles for transportation. Before coming to Virginia, she was active in bike/ped advocacy in Missouri, serving as President of the Missouri Bicycle & Pedestrian Federation. She enjoys bicycle touring and is a League Cycling Instructor (#2532).
Allen Muchnick, a 20+ year veteran of the VBF board, has actively campaigned for on-road cycling accommodations, safe and effective trails, and less car-dominated urban communities throughout Northern Virginia since 1991. A long-time member of the Arlington County Bicycle Advisory Committee (1991-2013) and the Citizens Advisory Committee of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (1993-2014), Allen continues to guide the Arlington Coalition for Sensible Transportation. During his decade (1992-2002) on the board of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA), a leading metropolitan bicycling advocacy organization, Allen spearheaded scores of advocacy campaigns; represented WABA on VDOT’s statewide Bicycle Advisory Committee; developed two major fund raising bike tours; networked with smart-growth, environmental, and trail coalitions; and guided a six-fold growth in membership, revenue, and paid staff. From 2005-2010, Allen served on the Virginia Board of Transportation Safety which recommended highway safety grant awards by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. A skilled transportation and endurance cyclist and League Cycling Instructor #538, Allen has taught hundreds of bicycle maintenance and traffic cycling classes since 1994. Now residing in Manassas City, Allen is helping Active Prince William advance bicycling, walking, and public transportation in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park.
Chris Scott, Mountain Bike Liason, is the owner-operator of Shenandoah Mountain Touring, LLC based in Harrisonburg, VA. SMT promotes special events and offers guide service and multi-day trips based out of the Shenandoah Valley. Chris is the state representative for IMBA and is active with all the mountain bike clubs in the Shenandoah Valley. He entered the cycling world via mountain bike in the late 80’s and has developed a passion for cycling on every level from professional racing to club rides on every surface he can get his tires on. His current quest for the great outdoors has taken him to the adventure racing world. A world where you can disappear into the mountains for days on end – hiking, biking and paddling – from sunrise to sunset and back again. Chris joined VBF to help push the agenda for a safer more accessible Virginia by bike.
Matt O’Toole, Communications Chair, is a technical communications and internet strategy consultant, and the source of most of VBF’s online communications. From 2002-2008 he lived in Blacksburg, serving as Advocacy Coordinator for the New River Valley Bicycle Association, and on the Bikeway-Walkway Committee for the New River Valley Planning District Commission. He has been active board member of VBF since 2005, even while living out of state. From 2009-2012 he returned to his southern California hometown, where he was a founding member of bikeNewportBeach.org He now lives car-light in both the DC metro area and coastal South Carolina.
Bill Conoscenti lives in Virginia Beach
Michael Gilbert is an economist for the City of Richmond; founder of the Saddle Sores Bicycle Club, co-founder of RideRichmond, and the treasurer for RABE – Richmond Association for Business Economics. He’s been called a “Crusader for a bike-friendly Richmond” and was named to Style Weekly’s 2012 Top 40 Under 40.
Stan Huie is Vice-President of The Fredericksburg Cyclists and is active in road biking and touring.He is an instructor with the League of American Bicyclists and on the advisory board of the Spotsylvania Greenways Initiative.He is also a member of Adventure Cycling and the Rails to Trails Conservancy and is active in cycling advocacy and community outreach on behalf of cycling.
Beyond the cycling community, Stan is a retired commercial airline pilot and is active with the Presbyterian Church and with a number of Christian organizations. He is also an avid skier.
Tim Miller is the Chief Operating Officer of Richmond 2015 — the World Cycling Championships to be held in Richmond September 19-27, 2015. “I look forward to contributing to the Board and the overall objectives. I will do my best to leverage my relationships and that of Richmond 2015 to further the statewide goals.”
Bob Trencheny is a resident of Alexandria and retired Federal employee. He is treasurer of the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and member of both Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA) and League of American Bicyclists. Bob is an active long distance road bicyclist who advocated for a new multi-use trail paralleling I-66 outside the Beltway, and represented Alexandria on VDOT’s Bike and Trail Network Update Study in 2015.
Jim Lee is president of Lee Construction Consultants, LLC, an active member of both RABA and Hosteling International, USA; and has ridden 32,000 miles on a road or touring bike in the last 4 years.
Kevin Posey is a real estate broker in Alexandria, and owner of Alexandria’s first Bicycle Friendly Business.
Anthony Duncan is the Region Director for IMBA’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Prior to his position with IMBA he worked in the graphics department for a marketing and public relations agency for nine years. Six of those nine years he also volunteered as a chapter leader for my local IMBA chapter. He is originally from Wise, VA and now lives in Bristol, VA.
Rick Holt is a senior trainer/consultant for George Mason University in HR and Payroll focused on employee well-being and engagement. He advocates for active transportation at Mason and initiated the effort for Mason to become recognized as a bicycle friendly university. He is a board member of the Prince William County Trails and Blueways Council and the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition. Rick has a M.S. in Sport and Recreation Studies and promotes active transportation and outdoor recreation as a way to improve/enhance well-being. He is currently working with A-1 Cycling, Manassas, VA, and Prince William County Schools to introduce mountain biking as a club sport. Rick’s focus is on creating safer infrastructure for people to bike and walk for commuting to work and school, as well as increasing opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Marysa Burchett is a newly admitted attorney who commutes but also rides mountain bikes and road. She is on the board and Secretary of Richmond MORE. Marysa also volunteers with the local Liv ambassador for women’s mountain bike clinics. SHe hopes to advocate for safer and accessible bicycling throughout the state.
Susan Ann Glass is a tireless servant leader who has volunteered her time and talents to numerous charities, including the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, for which she has raised over $150,000 while running, cycling and competing as a triathlete in over 35 athletic events, earning the esteemed “Triple Crown” from the organization. She has served on numerous boards, chaired fundraising galas and directed races. In her professional life, Susan Ann is a technical writer for the Virginia Department of Health, where she also volunteers for special projects and has received several awards from the Governor for excellence. An avid cyclist, bike safety is Susan Ann’s passion, which she has pursued by serving as a coach and mentor for cyclists, including newbies, with whom she shares her delight of riding her bike while advocating for greater education, understanding and mutual respect between motorists and cyclists on the roads we share.
Kim Whitley was introduced to bike racing by his wife. He has a collection of bikes that spans his interest in different types of biking. He currently sits on the Board of the Tidewater Bicycle Association as the Advocacy Director, with an interest in improving the infrastructure for bicycling, and promoting safe cycling.
This summer he completed the Northern Tier cross country route of the Adventure Cycling Association. Over the years he has toured extensively nationally and internationally. A lifetime member of the American Canoe Association where he was a national board member and chairman of the instruction council, he co-authored two ACA books on paddling. A Senior Instructor in the Kinesiology and Health Sciences Department at the College of William and Mary, as an outdoor specialist he teaches leadership and various outdoor skills.