Dan Fuchs, President
Dan grew up in a small Midwestern college town much like Davis, and biked all over there, just as he does here. Living in San Francisco in the 1990s, he biked as much as possible, including to work and for groceries, before the SF Bicycle Coalition had succeeded in achieving the amazing gains of the last few decades.
In Davis since 2002, Dan continues to use his bicycle for every purpose--from commuting to work in Sacramento to every kind of in-town errand. Dan is intent on making Davis an even better, safer place for all kinds of cyclists.
Diane Swann, Secretary
Diane moved to Davis in 1974 and adopted cycling as her primary mode of transportation. She has commuted regularly to her work in Davis, Woodland and Sacramento. She and her husband, John, own an electric bicycle business and co-founded the Bak2Sac program. She wants to improve bicycle infrastructure, but at the same time create a cycling culture such that people ride regardless of infrastructure inadequacies. She and John were awarded the 2017 California Bicycle Coalition’s Bicycle Dreamer Award for advancing the dream that all Californians be able to ride bicycles safely and conveniently wherever they wish to go.
Darell is a bicycle-riding, EV-driving, LED-lighting, fan of all things energy efficient. His bicycle advocacy interests are focussed on encouraging safer, more comfortable bicycling in and around Davis by using and changing law (vehicle code and municipal code) and street design. As a nationally-certified bicycle instructor, he helps teach proper riding skills and street etiquette to children and adults. He collaborates and works with Davis city staff, the Davis Bike Club, UC Davis and the police department on myriad bicycle-related programs, including the development of a unique, innovative anti-theft program.
"Bicycle transportation may not solve all of our city’s problems, but it certainly solves many of them!"
Nico works as an energy efficiency engineer with UC Davis. He has been biking since his teenage years in the streets of Paris, and later in San Francisco, where he was also actively engaged with the SF Bicycle Coalition. His vehicle of choice is his Nihola cargo tricycle, which he rides all over Davis, often carrying his delighted 2-year old son in it.
Peter Jacobsen is a professional engineer with a strong interest in the health impacts of transportation policy. His published work ranges from injury prevention to activity promotion. He wrote an article for ITE Journal explaining to traffic engineers why the physiology of young children prevents them from coping with the dangers of traffic and hence we need to adapt residential streets to the needs of children. His influential study, Safety in Numbers, showed that the risk of a motorist hitting a pedestrian or a bicyclist decreases as more people walk or bicycle, and hence the health goals of injury prevention and activity promotion can work together to improve health. A subsequent study showed that this lower risk is likely due to human's limitations in detecting rare objects. His current efforts bring state-of-the-art roadway engineering to improve health by encouraging physical activity and reducing severe injuries