The Steering Committee meets monthly to decide priorities and to work on ongoing projects. Meeting dates should be listed in the calendar on this website. We could always use a few extra hands, fresh energy, and new ideas. If you’d like to attend a meeting or get more involved by joining the Steering Committee, contact Alicia Bowman, Bike Newton’s President.
Alicia Bowman, President
My involvement in Bike Newton started in 2012 in helping to plan the first Tour de Newton. In the process of helping to plan the ride, I learned how much I like to bike. So at the age of 47, I moved from being an occasional recreational rider to an avid cyclist who rides for exercise and transportation around Newton. I now challenge myself to find new and better routes to places I need to go. I am very happy to be leading Bike Newton as we enter our 10th year, working with so many amazing Bike Newton members. It is a truly special organization.
Nathan Phillips, Vice President
Nathan Phillips is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University, and Directs the Earth House Living Learning Community at BU.
Nathan commutes by bike between Auburndale and BU, rain or shine (except when roads are icy).
Molly Schaefer, Treasurer & Membership
For many years, Molly commuted by bike to work every day, in all kinds of weather from Chestnut Hill to Wellesley. For the past 5 years, she has been riding a tandem with her husband, taking long rides on weekend mornings for breakfast. Molly is one of the original members of the Bike Newton steering committee and serves as its Treasurer. She hopes that the City of Newton will actively encourage bicycling by creating the necessary infrastructure so that people of all ages and abilities can bicycle safely in Newton.
Srdjan Nedeljkovic, Policy Adviser
Dr. Nedeljkovic is an anesthesiologist and pain medicine specialist based at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a major teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the President of the Newton HighlandsNeighborhood Area Council and has served on the Newton Comprehensive Planning Advisory Committee and the Crystal Lake Task Force. He is a founding member and the Treasurer of the Crystal Lake Conservancy. He has served on Newton’s Mixed Use Task Force, on the Transportation Advisory Committee and Group and is a member of the Arborway Committee in Jamaica Plain. He has been a long-time member of Bike Newton, where he serves in the role of Policy Advisor.
Nathan Aronow, Ride Coordinator/Webmaster
Maria Beatriz Arvelo, Art and Culture Liaison
My family and I like to bike. Why drive if you can bike? Biking is way more entertaining! Being part of Bike Newton is a wonderful opportunity to help improve the safety of biking, so more people can bike without the risk of getting hurt, which unfortunately happens way too often these days. I think there is a lot of work to be done to get on the right track for the health of the planet, and for our own personal health, too; they go hand in hand. Getting more people on bikes is part of the answer!
Lois Levin, Founder, Transportation Specialist for the LWVMA
Helen Rittenberg, President Emeritus
Helen Rittenberg, an elementary school teacher and principal for 29 years, later became an educational psychologist in private practice, specializing in diagnostic evaluations of children with learning difficulties. Her interest in biking began at age 4, when she taught herself to ride her sister’s 20″ Raleigh with hand brakes by riding along the sidewalk balanced on one pedal, since she was too small to reach the pedals from the seat. She’s been biking ever since, with time out while living in NYC (before there were bike lanes). She has been on the steering committee of Bike Newton since its inception and was elected President in January, 2012.
Tom Gloria, Clerk
John Pelletier, Transportation Engineer
John Pelletier is a transportation project manager at Harvard University. He chairs the Bike Advisory Committee which works on specific city projects or policies to improve bike access around Newton. John didn’t learn to ride a bike until middle school and didn’t start riding for most trips until a study abroad trip to the UK in 2009. He has been a ride leader for the Tour de Newton since it started and has worked with SRTS on bike trainings for middle school students. He and his wife live car-free in Newtonville and he can often be seen carrying something on his bike!