The New Mexico Bicyclist Educators are a group of LCI’s (League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors) committed to encourage, promote, support and provide quality bicycle education to youth and adults throughout New Mexico.
January 2012, four New Mexico League Cycling Instructors formed New Mexico Bicyclist Educators to support and promote bicyclist education throughout New Mexico. Through individual and collective work on bicyclist education we determined that an organization dedicated to and focused on bicycle education was essential in maximizing our bicycle education training and the time we individually have to devote to bicycle education.
Meet the Board Members:
Tammy Schurr – A founding board member of the New Mexico Bicyclists Educators Group, Tammy spends her time leading bicycle tours for Adventure Cycling (https://www.adventurecycling.org/guided-tours/tour-leaders/#tammy-schurr), substitute teaching with Las Cruces Public Schools, teaching the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling program (www.bikeleague.org), serving on the Velo Cruces board (www.velocruces.org), and volunteering with the Las Cruces Public Schools Safe Routes to School Program. Seeking riding partners in 2003, she co-founded Las Cruces women’s cycling group, the R.O.Y.A.L.S. (rideonroyals.blogspot.com) which led to her desire to become knowledgeable about group riding, bike maintenance, touring and helping her cycling friends. She took the League’s Road One Course and League Cycling Instructor (LCI) Seminar in Tucson in 2005. Upon returning to Las Cruces she immediately started teaching Smart Cycling courses. She’s honored to have mentored over 30 individuals towards becoming League Cycling Instructors throughout the state of NM as well as over 50 Adventure Cycling tour leaders throughout the US. She currently serves as an Instructor for Adventure Cycling’s Leadership Training Courses and as a League LCI Coach.
Wesley Young – A founding member of NM Bicycle Educators, Wes is also Life Member #418 of the League of American Bicyclists and League Certified Instructor #2258.
Additionally, Wes was a Bicycle Coalition of NM board member from 2009 – 2011.
Stroke Survivor February 2014 and Tricycle Rider since December 2014. Wes has been an avid bike rider for 50+ years
Chuck Malagodi –
- League Of American Bicyclist Instructor -LCI-M#661
- 1986 -1996 – Backroads-guide
- 1996 – Present, Coordinator for the City of Albuquerque’s bicycle Safety Education program
- 2008-2009 – Board member of the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico
- 2009-2011 – Member of the Bicycle coalition of new Mexico Education Committee
Chuck was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts where his love for bicycles first developed. He started bike racing at the age of 14. When it came time to drive he realized, due to a lack of funds, a car was out of the question so he continued riding his bike. He gained a BA in industrial arts in 1981 and took a job with the Chrysler Corporation. After a three year stint in the auto industry, Chuck realized that corporate America was not for him so he began working during the winters as a ski patrolman and in the summer as a bike guide. Eventually, biking won out and he became a full time bike guide. A master in education in Health, Physical Education and Recreation was obtained through a work/study scholarship with American Youth Hostel. During the work portion of the program, Chuck coordinated Milwaukee’s Midnight madness bike ride in 1992 and worked in San Diego rewriting American Youth Hostel San Diego’s policy and procedure manual for adventure trips. In 1996 Chuck moved to Albuquerque to take a job with the City of Albuquerque’s Outdoor Recreation program to mange the bicycle education program. The program had just received a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant for 5 years in the area of bicycle safety education. During this time, Chuck has developed an elementary and Jr. High School safe cycling curriculum that services over 10,000 youth per year. In addition, an adult education program was developed that taught the full gamut of the League of America Cyclist classes. Starting in 2004 Chuck saw a need for the city of Albuquerque to have a center that was totally dedicated towards bike education and mechanics. In March 2013 that dream became a reality and the Esperanza Bicycle Education Center was born. Esperanza offers open clinic hours, earn a bike programs, volunteer and work study opportunity Chuck and the bike safety education program have won many awards including the City of Albuquerque’s Directors Award, the Outstanding Program award from the New Mexico Association of Health, Physical Education and Dance, and the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico’s bicycle educator’s award. Chuck is married with a beautiful wife, daughter and one dog and one cat. He still enjoys bicycling as his main form of recreation and commuting and he has a passion for skiing and social justice issues.
George Pearson – 2009 – League of American Bicyclists, League Cycling Instructor (LCI) #2614.
Originally from Proctor, Minnesota, just outside of Duluth, George’s family moved to Albuquerque, NM in 1971. George graduated from Manzano High School and then attended New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology in Socorro, NM where he studied computer science. George entered the computer software industry and created a point of sale systems for personal computers. He was a computer consultant and small business owner maintaining and improving a medical accounting system. In 1986 he moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico as a technical support specialist for a software manufacturer providing world wide support for the company’s mathematical word processing system. George recently celebrated his twenty-five year relationship with his employer. George began his bicycle advocacy in Las Cruces in 1988 by joining the city’s Traffic Safety Advisory Board where he served until 1997. When the Las Cruces Metropolitan Planning Organization formed the Bicycle Facilities Advisory Committee in 1997 George joined the committee as part of its initial composition and continued on the committee until 2000, which included a term as committee chair. George rejoined the committee in 2011 and was elected committee chair for 2011 and 2012. George was an occasional bicycle commuter once he moved to Las Cruces and by 1998 his work commute was primarily by bicycle. A decade later George attended a Traffic Skills 101 course enhancing his bicycling skills. Following his Traffic Skills 101 class, George was encouraged to become a League Cycling Instructor and completed the League’s Cycling Instructor seminar in 2009 with 8 other Las Crucens. George teaches and co-teaches several of the League courses including Traffic Skills 101, Commuter Skills, and Bicycling 1-2-3 Youth events and has assisted with an LCI seminar. He leads a monthly Visibility Ride to raise awareness of bicyclists to motorists in Las Cruces. The Visibility Ride was noted in 2011 by the League when they awarded Las Cruces a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community designation. In 2011 and 2012 George represented cyclists in Las Cruces and New Mexico by attending the National Bike Summit in Washington, D.C. Advocating for cyclists for 20 years, George has a good understanding of the importance of educating the public about “sharing the road” with cyclists. In 2011 George joined the Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico’s Bike Education Committee. The Bicycle Education Committee was tasked with increasing bike education throughout NM by assisting the Bicycle Education Coordinator in establishing LCI teams through the “Train the Trainer” Program. In 2011 the Education Committee was instrumental in organizing a successful 3rd Annual New Mexico Bike Summit held in Albuquerque, NM attended by LCI’s and Safe Routes to School bicycle educators. In an effort to improve bicyclist education opportunities by separating from bicyclist advocacy activities, George along with three other LCI’s, Chuck Malagodi (Albuquerque), Wes Young (Socorro), and Tammy Schurr (Las Cruces), formed New Mexico Bicyclist Educators in January 2012.
Stephen Newhall –
Hugh Hulse – Hugh has been intrigued with bicycles of all types since early childhood. Although his formal education is in the fields of Biology and Geography, bicycles have always been at the forefront of his interests. Since joining Albuquerque’s Parks and Recreation Department as the Adult Bicycle Educator in the spring of 2013, Hugh has worked on several projects including a partnership with the Mid-Region Council of Governments JARC program to provide reconditioned bicycles and Safe Cycling training to prospective bicycle commuters. Hugh has completed the League of American Bicyclists LCI Certification, and looks forward to many years of cycling education.
Tracy Lee Chapman – The newest member of the NMBE Board (2015), Tracy began first started cycling in high school with the Out-Spokin’ Wheelmen Bicycle Club in Youngstown, Ohio. She loved every second of it; however, as sometimes happens life got in the way. First there was college, then the Army, then marriage and children. In her mid-forties (2010), she found herself grossly over weight, out of shape and disgusted. Frustrated with yo-yo dieting, she determined the only way to get the weight off and get healthy was to choose an exercise that she truly loved, one that gave her back her sense of power and freedom. The exercise that transformed her life is bicycling. Since 2010, Tracy has completed 2 metric centuries (approx. 65 miles), 3 full centuries (100+ miles), 2 Sprint Distance Triathlons, and took great delight in participating in her first self-contained Introduction to Road Touring adventure in Oregon.
So smitten with cycling and her re-found freedom and power, Tracy is very passionate about sharing her love of cycling with others and encouraging them to ride. Tracy joined the League of American Bicyclists in 2013, became a League Certified Instructor in 2015 and joined the board of the New Mexico Bicyclist Educators shortly thereafter. She currently teaches the League of American Bicyclists Smart Cycling program through The City of Rio Rancho Parks and Recreation, is a member of the Sandoval County Cycling Club where she serves on the Board as Treasurer as well as leading/sweeping group rides, is an advocate for cycling and cycling safety, and for over 16 years has been President of her own internet (sewing-industry related) retail business.