I’ve been into long distance cycling since I was 12. I discovered BAB in 2013, fell in love with the mission, and took my first bike repair class so I could volunteer with Youth Earn a Bike. Over the years I’ve volunteered off and on with Earn a Bike and other programming and have gone through the Wrench Learn & Give series. I wanted to volunteer more, but my mechanic abilities weren’t sticking. In 2016 when I found out the organization needed some help with bookkeeping I was thrilled! Not about the books, but the opportunity to contribute through my background as an accountant. I’m very excited to be a part of the BAB Board and to help this organization continue to pursue its mission!
Sarms Jabra has a lot of love for a lot of things. Near the top of that list is a love for cycling and youth empowerment. As such, he could not be more excited to be part of Back Alley Bikes, first as a volunteer and now by serving on the board. His background is diverse: licensed attorney, professional print maker, former teacher, and current member of the City of Detroit’s Finance Department. After a short stint in Chicago, he had the opportunity to come back to Detroit as Challenge Detroit Fellow and would not want to be anywhere else.
Greg Iszler is an executive at The Mars Agency and a cycling and Detroit enthusiast. A veteran of numerous cycling events across Michigan, including The Baroudeur and the Tour de Troit, Greg has made it his personal mission to encourage more people to get into biking. Experiencing first-hand the freeing and therapeutic power of cycling, he is a passionate advocate for beginners and lapsed riders alike. Crossing paths with and getting involved in Back Alley Bikes felt like a true calling for him. Greg has eagerly jumped in to help the organization map out and realize its full potential as well as to continue to help refurbish bikes and support biking opportunities for the broader Detroit community.
My commitment lies not only with being present and available for Youth Programming and Board Meetings at Back Alley Bikes but also seeing how I can participate in bringing that programming to the Puritan and Greenlawn area. My sons and I depend on our bikes for 75% of our transportation needs and it is one of my goals to get more of my neighbors, my students, and adults in the area to be more cycling aware, to own more bikes and to see cycling as an integral part of a healthy lifestyle.
Alice Bagley runs a market garden in Detroit, moving her produce and tools around using bicycle power. She also work as the coordinator of Unity in Our Community TimeBank, harnessing the power of cooperative networks to make our communities more caring and resilient. For Alice having a good, working bicycle opens up the entire city and helps to keep her connected to her community. She loves that Back Alley Bikes provides that same freedom to hundreds of youth and adults every year. You’ll see Alice riding around on a blue extended frame bicycle or towing a 6-foot bike trailer.
I found out about BAB three years ago and have been eager to get involved in any way possible. As a visionary, entrepreneur, bike geek and triathlete, BAB offered me the opportunity to volunteer in an organization where my interests intersected. I took a couple of the Adult Mechanic classes prior to signing up for the first Wrench, Learn and Give class. I have a heart for working with youth and admire cities where cycling has become the primary mode of transportation. I wish for the bicycle to open up the world to people in the city of Detroit. I would love to lend my expertise in business, organization and creating vision wherever the board sees fit.
Todd Scott is the Executive Director of the Detroit Greenways Coalition. The Coalition is a non-profit organization with a vision for a strong, healthy, vibrant City of Detroit and surrounding region where a seamless network of greenways, green spaces, blue ways and complete streets is an integral part of people’s active lifestyle including day-to-day transportation and recreation.
Scott began working with the Coalition in 2008 as Detroit Greenways Coordinator for the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance (MTGA). He has led advocacy efforts and helped encourage much greater support for trails and biking in Detroit. Scott is also a board member of the Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative and co-chairs the Active Living sub-committee of the Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative.
Prior to working in Detroit, Scott did trail planning for the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and was executive director for the Michigan Mountain Biking Association. In his spare time he enjoys exploring Detroit on bike and ultra-running.
Hank Kelley is a city planner based in Detroit. They work professionally as a Transportation Planner, including on projects like protected bicycle facilities, non-motorized master plans and integration of transit and bicycles. They believe that bikes are an integral part of our transportation network and that there are countless positive spillover effects from this sociable, fossil-free mode of transportation. Kelley has volunteered for and organized many bike rides in the city over the years. Their current bike is a yellow-colored number called macaroni bike, which gets out on the road for part of every week.