About Us

BWTB Coalition

Bike/Walk Tampa Bay is a regional coalition of citizens, advocates, professionals and allied organizations created to make walking and bicycling the preferred modes of transportation in the Tampa Bay region. The Coalition was formed by a partnership between the following:

  • New North Transportation Alliance
  • Tampa Downtown Partnership
  • Westshore Alliance
  • Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority
  • St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership
  • Florida Department of Transportation
  • Community Traffic Safety Teams of Tampa Bay
  • Metropolitan Planning Organizations of Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties

To accomplish this goal, we engage and empower local communities and stakeholders to achieve our region’s vision for a better transportation future.


50%

Streets with bike lanes had a fifty percent lower injury rate

Source: American Journal of Public Health


80%

Roundabouts reduce serious injury crashes by approximately 80 percent

Source: AASHTO Highway Safety Manual


What the Community Can Expect

We will work to make walking and bicycling safe, healthy and fun for everyone who lives, works or plays in the Tampa Bay area.

  • We tell the story of why walking and bicycling benefits everyone in the Tampa Bay area
  • We are the regional resource for the E’s – education, enforcement, engineering, encouragement, evaluation
  • We advocate for a culture change: walkable and bikeable communities

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Contact us

Jane Castor, Chair


Jane is a Tampa native who attended the University of Tampa on an athletic scholarship in Basketball and Volleyball, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Criminology. Jane also holds a Master’s of Public Administration from Troy State University. She served 31 years in the Tampa Police Department, becoming its first female chief in 2009, before retiring in May of 2015. She is the proud mother of two teenage boys.

Lauren Brooks


Lauren has significant experience in both the transportation and environmental planning sectors of the Tampa community. She received her Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in 2004 from Florida State University. She regularly develops and manages pedestrian/bicycle/transit studies and plans, corridor and sub-area plans (including neighborhood mobility audits), supporting projects for MPOs, the FDOT, and local planning agencies.

Craig Fox


Craig is currently a student at the University of South Florida, pursuing a Masters in Civil Engineering. He regularly commutes by bike to work. He is an active member of his local Toastmasters Club and enjoys exploring Tampa Bay’s trails with his wife, going to the beach, and learning anything about astronomy & quantum physics.

Jeff Johnson


Jeff has worked with AARP Florida since 2000 and was named state director on an interim basis in October 2010 and permanently in February 2012. He was raised in Jacksonville, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wake Forest University and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. Jeff joined AARP after working in public relations, marketing and sales, most recently with the Tampa Bay (then) Devil Rays. He lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and daughter.

Debra Kleesattel


Debra Kleesattel has a Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Kentucky and has lived in Tampa for 10 years. She is an Army brat and the wife of a military veteran. She works for Humana Inc. and is currently coordinating the partnership development and community collaborative initiatives through the Tampa Bay Health Advisory Board to help make health easier in Tampa Bay.

Kent McWaters, Vice Chair


Kent McWaters started his career with FDOT in 1986 and has over 29 years of Florida transportation engineering experience managing a wide variety of FDOT, local government and private infrastructure projects. Kent is an avid cyclist and member of the Palm Harbor based Suncoast Cycling Club. He logs over 500 miles a month, primarily on the Pinellas Trail, Suncoast Trail and Starkey Park Trail. He has served as Project Manager and Engineer of Record for numerous stand-alone sidewalk and trail projects.

Ben Montgomery


Ben is an enterprise reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. He’s also co-founder of the Auburn Chautauqua, a writers’ collective. His stories have appeared in national magazines such as PARADE and Seventeen and he has contributed to NPR’s Radiolab. He has taught narrative journalism at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies. He currently lives in Tampa with his wife and three children.

Randy Myhre


Randy is the owner of Oliver’s Cycle Sports in New Tampa and is a founding member of SWFBUD (South West Florida Bicyclists United with Dealers). Randy has learned that all riders want to be able to ride their bicycles safely, and know that they and their loved ones are respected on the road. Randy is confident that being involved with Bike/Walk Tampa Bay will continue the journey toward improving our community.

J. Steele Olmstead


J. Steele Olmstead is a trial attorney who for years has helped injured bicyclists. He grew up on a bicycle and adopted a bicycling lifestyle beginning as a military kid on the U. S. Air Force bases on which he lived. He has been active on behalf of bicyclists’ rights years, representing injured cyclists, writing to government agencies about dangerous cycling conditions and speaking before transit agencies, governmental boards, and Bike/Ped committees to promote bicycling. He is currently in his second term as President of the Board of Directors of the Florida Bicycling Association.

Carrie Waite


Carrie is the President and Founder of the St. Petersburg Bike Co-op, President of the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club and one of the organizers of the St. Pete Tweed Ride. When she’s not out on her bike or shuffleboarding, she regularly helps produce video of some of the Bay area’s best local bands for the award winning radio show “Grand National Championships” on WMNF 88.5 FM. She’s also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Rob Zimprich


Rob is the Chief Financial Officer of the University Area Community Development Corporation (UACDC) in northern Tampa. Rob is a recreational bicyclist and runner and enjoys anything outdoors: fishing, kayaking, boating, and motorcycling. Rob resides in Largo with his wife Tam. They have five children and are enjoying being “empty nesters”. Rob is passionate about children’s education and safety, cancer awareness, and volunteering in his community.

BWTB is directed regionally by four local Transportation Management Organizations with direction from a knowledgeable and effective Advisory Board.

Julie Bond, MPA

Bike/Walk Tampa Bay Program Director


Julie wears many hats when it comes to improving the pedestrian and bicycle culture in the Tampa Bay area. She is the co-director for the New North Transportation Alliance, project manager for WalkWise Tampa Bay, a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida, and has led several successful safety initiatives including Tampa BayCycle and BikeSmart Tampa Bay. Julie enjoys biking around the Temple Terrace community where she lives.

Karen Kress, AICP

Regional Manager

Downtown Tampa


Karen is a certified urban planner and league cycling instructor serving since 2003 as the Director of Transportation and Planning at the Tampa Downtown Partnership. An avid cyclist, Karen co-founded and remains co-chair of Tampa BayCycle, a regional cycling education, advocacy and encouragement campaign. You might find Karen biking the trails at Flatwood Wilderness park or riding along Tampa Bay Riverwalk.

Eric Carlson

Regional Manager

Downtown St. Petersburg


Eric is the Director of Transportation for the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership and also serves as the Administrator for the St. Peters