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.
2014 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.
Sheryl Finucane, Secretary, is a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University, where in addition to her faculty duties, she teaches traffic cycling classes and promotes safe & legal cycling by the campus community. Sheryl is lifelong bicyclist who enjoys bicycling for both commuting and recreation. She has served on the VBF board of directors since 2006. Sheryl is currently a member of the Richmond Pedestrian, Bicycling and Trails Commission, and has in the past served on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee of the Fredericksburg Area Metropolitan Planning Organization / George Washington Regional Commission, the Richmond Area Bicycling Association Board of Directors and Safety Committee Chair, as well her local planning advisory committee. Sheryl is an LAB-cycling instructor and actively teachings traffic skills and commuter courses in the Richmond area.
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.
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, Webmaster, is a communications and internet marketing consultant. From 2002-2008 he lived “car light” in Blacksburg, where he served as Advocacy Coordinator for the New River Valley Bicycle Association, and on the Bikeway-Walkway Committee for the New River Valley Planning District Commission. This brought him to VBF where he has been active since 2005, even while living out of state. He recently spent 3 years in his southern California hometown, where he was active with bikeNewportBeach.org He now lives car free in the DC metro area.
Joe Morgan is a recreational and touring cyclist, with particular interest in cross state routes. During Joe’s 27 years as a Virginia county administrator, he helped initiate bicycle planning in the New River Valley and southside Virginia. He was a charter member of the Roanoke River Rails to Trails board, which established Virginia’s Tobacco Heritage Trail. He has participated in VBF US Bike Route 76 cross state rides since 2003, coordinating route enhancements between VBF, Adventure Cycling and VDOT since 2010. Joe joined the VBF Board in 2011 and hopes to serve as a liaison for VBF on regional planning with the East Coast Greenway and US Bike Routes. He is a life member of the Virginia Local Government Management Association and a former board member of the Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions. After serving in Nelson & Buckingham counties (central Virginia), Greensville & Halifax counties (southside Virginia) and Pulaski County (New River Valley), he resides on the southern shore of the Chesapeake Bay at Ocean View in the City of Norfolk.
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.”
Thomas Hash developed a fondness for riding two wheeled objects on one wheel during his time at Virginia Tech. A post-graduation cross county bike tour on USBR 76/ Transamerica Trail helped him to develop a passion and appreciation for the bicycle’s role in rural communities and economies. Hash now manages a bike rental and repair shop in Draper Virginia, catering to traveling cyclists on the New River Trail, Virginia Mountain Bike Trail and USBR 76. He has a particular interest in fostering a bike culture and improving amenities for cyclists in Pulaski County and other rural areas throughout Virginia.
Peggy White is Executive Director of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce and Chair Woman for Bike Virginia. Peggy has been a part of tourism development for Pulaski County for the past seven years and has a unique perspective on how biking can improve community image while also driving the economy and remaining eco – friendly. Peggy believes that areas with access to trails, draw healthy visitors, and in turn create healthier communities while at the same time driving the economy.
Our 2013 Financial Report is available for download (PDF).