The mission of the Rochester Cycling Alliance is to bring together cycling enthusiasts and cycling clubs in the metropolitan Rochester, NY region in order to achieve several objectives:
1. Promote the use of bicycles for transportation, sport, recreation and health.
2. Foster the development of cycling roads and trails.
3. Better facilitate the exchange of information on bicycle safety, active transportation and cycling in general.
4. Provide input on government activities and legislation affecting cycling.
5. Provide a public voice for the interests of cyclists
Board of Directors
Scott MacRae, President
Graduate University of Wisconsin, Undergraduate and Medical School
Employment: Ophthalmologist, Medical and Surgical Director of Refractive Surgical Program at the Flaum Eye Institute University of Rochester. Lived in Madison, Wisc., 10 years then Portland Oregon 17 years. Did Cycle Oregon 4 times. Got involved in cycling advocacy after seeing Portland’s transformation and realizing Rochester could also become a bike friendly city. Scott’s interest is in health, safety and economic benefits of biking and active transportation.
William Collins, Vice-President
Graduate: Washington University in St. Louis.
Worked in the Title Insurance industry for 30 years, and has been a bicycle commuter for 20 years. Best biking experience was multi-day bike trip along the Barge Canal with my then-11 year old daughter. Worst cycling experience was a heart attack during a triathlon. Member of the Rochester Bike Master Plan task force; organized the bicycling community meeting with the Rochester Police Department last winter. Bill is President of the Maplewood Neighborhood Association.
Richard DeSarra, Co-founder
Graduate: Rochester Institute of Technology
Employment: retail and commercial banker, system analyst, policy & procedures analyst, asset management and analyst, founder of a sporting goods store specializing in bicycles; Bicycling advocacy began in 1990 with the Rochester Bicycling Club (RBC). Board member: RCA, RBC and New York Bicycling Coalition; League of American Bicyclists certified cycling instructor.
Harvey Botzman, Scribe
Service in the United States Peace Corps, a Certified New York State Public School Teacher, a New York State Licensed Ophthalmic Dispenser (Optician). Harvey is the author of seven bicycle tour guide books published by Cyclotour Guide Books. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Cycling Alliance, New York Bicycling Coalition, and Canal New York Marketing & Business Alliance. He compiles and publishes the New York State Major Bicycling Events Calendar since 1993.
Jonathan Schull, Co-founder
A biological psychologist, entrepreneur, community organizer, and professor at RIT’s Simone Center for Student Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Author of 14 patents and many scholarly articles, he has done significant work in information commerce, intelligence in biological and artificial systems, active transportation and sustainability, and internet technologies for collaboration and problem-solving. Jon and his collaborators are currently working on an amazing technology that combats obesity and depression, slows global warming, stimulates local economies, improves quality of life, and beautifies the environment.
Theresa has a BS Nursing degree from SU NY. She is currently pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice at St. John Fisher. She is employed by the New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities and St. John Fisher College as an Adjunct Clinical Professor. “Nurse Bowick” hosts the popular radio show, “Health Beats” on WDKX 103.9 FM. She self-published her first book, Collard Green Curves: A Fat Girl’s Journey from Childhood Obesity to Healthy Living. In concert with her commitment to the betterment of her community, in 2012 she founded Conkey Cruisers, a free Bicycling-to-Better-Health Voyage. Conkey Cruisers received numerous honors, including a feature in President Barack Obama’s Fitness is Fun Newsletter.
An avid bicycle commuter for 15 years from his home on the east side of the City to the University of Rochester, where he directs the Rochester Center for Community Leadership. The University is also his alma mater, as he earned both bachelor’s and Master’s degrees there. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bolivia, South America. Glenn logs over 2,000 miles annually on city streets and Rochester’s multi-use trails. He has also toured by bike.
Graduate of Cleveland Institute of Music, University of Southern California, and the Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht, the Netherlands
Employment: Faculty, Eastman School of Music; Artistic Director of the Skaneateles Festival; pianist, adjudicator, and teacher across the US and worldwide, including China, Russia, Mexico, Germany, and Czech Republic; resident of the Netherlands for 4 years, during which a bike was her only mode of transport; member of the Brighton Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force. Lives in Brighton with her husband and two children, and tries to practice (and advocate for) active transportation as much as possible.
Started biking to school in third grade and never looked back. Pedals through the Upstate on weekends and commutes daily by bike during the week. Frequently gives exam problems about bikes in his job as an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at University of Rochester. Graduate of Virginia Tech (BS, Electrical Engineering), Auburn University (MS, Physics), and University of Maryland (PhD, Physics). Craves exercise and sunshine more than he is annoyed by the Rochester winter. Favorite reasons to bike: environmental sustainability, workouts, community-building, money-saving, joy.
I am a resident of Henrietta. I’m a member of the Henrietta Foundation as well as the Rochester Cycling Alliance and volunteer at R Community Bikes. I participate in many charity rides and commute to work as often as possible by bike. As a supervisor for the RH School-age Child Care Program, I use the opportunity to teach bike safety and responsible cycling. I lived in Germany for many years where I biked extensively. My latest cycling accomplishments were achieving my goal of riding around all 11 Finger Lakes and touring in Bavaria this summer.
Scott is lead software engineer for Vuzix Corporation in Henrietta. He is a year-round bicycle commuter, using his bicycle for transportation in all weather from his home in Corn Hill to work, as well as for shopping, meetings, and events in the community.
Scott is a strong advocate for bicycle and other multimodal transportation in the community. He works with several local government, neighborhood, and community groups to plan and implement bicycle infrastructure. He has participated in multimodal transportation master plan committees, most recently the Henrietta bicycle master plan committee. He is also engaged in anti-theft and bicycle parking and corral initiatives to improve bike security in Rochester.
Scott has studied the implementation of livable city infrastructure in cities in North America, Europe, and China from the saddle of his folding bicycle, which provides transportation for him on business and personal trips. In particular, he has worked with the leadership of Mass Bike, which successfully advocated for the creation of the successful and heavily used bicycle transportation network in Boston.
Scott is also a principal organizer of Bicycle Week in Rochester, which schedules educational and social events during National Bicycle Week in May and throughout the year. He is also the organizer and coordinator of the Rochester Bicycle Film Festival, which screens documentary and entertainment bicycle films for the Rochester cycling community.
Advisory Board of Directors
I am a married father of three and grandfather of six. Retired special education teacher, and experienced in various medical fields. I am a lousy golfer who fell into the biking world in 2001 who helped form R Community Bikes in 2008. Currently the Director of RCB, overseeing distribution and repair of approximately 7000 bikes annually. Also, I am an un-closeted environmentalist and supporter of all things social justice.
Mike is a freelance web designer with 15+ years in the advertising industry. After childlike curiosity led him to design a map of Rochester’s abandoned subway system, he began digging deeper into Rochester’s past. He now shares “local history and new ideas” on his blog, RochesterSubway.com. Mike considers transportation alternatives central to civic progress, and in 2010 he founded Reconnect Rochester, a non-profit working to promote public transit in the Rochester region.