Common Cycle relies on a hearty group of dedicated volunteers to maintain its operations: from volunteers that help people fix their bikes to our Steering Committee who makes sure our organization runs smoothly at all levels.
The Steering Committee oversees our operations and is made up of some of our most dedicated volunteers. Much of our subcommittee membership comes from our Steering Committee. The Steering Committee is nominated by members of the Board, though anyone can express interest in joining—we can always use another hand. The Steering Committee meets monthly on the third Sunday. Membership in the committee is not required to attend the meetings where a variety of organization business is discussed—all are welcome!
John Azzolini (he/his)
John spent his career days as a registered nurse and has been a welcome addition to the Bikes Subcommittee for the past three years. “I enjoy repairing bicycles and seeing bikes that would otherwise be thrown away being used by those who need them.”
Dr. Tracy Berman (she/her)
Tracy has been involved with Common Cycle for 8 years and most recently joined the Steering Committee and has been a big catalyst for reigniting our Femme/Trans/Women (FTW) programming. “I love cycling and keeping my bikes happy. Many people have helped me learn bicycle repair skills and I think it’s important to keep passing that along. I want to share the empowerment I’ve enjoyed.” Fun fact: Tracy writes with both hands!
Clayton Kingdon (he/his)
Clayton has been with us for three years and can be found leading our Volunteer Nights where folks learn while fixing up bikes that will be donated through our distribution program. “I enjoy wrenching on bikes in general, and it feels really great to help others realize that they can fix their own bikes.”
Zach Waas Smith (he/his)
Passionate and committed to the mission of promoting non-motorized infrastructure, Zach has been an awesome addition to the Volunteer Subcommittee for the past three years. An avid rollerblader, he prefers self-powered transit and he sings in an a cappella group!
Board of Directors
The Common Cycle Board of Directors is made up of a variety of individuals with a deep commitment to Common Cycle’s mission, its vision, and its future. By state law, the Board includes the executive positions of a President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The Board is responsible for ensuring the success of the organization, including commitments to state and federal laws, adherence to its mission, and its overall fiscal health. We are actively seeking Board members with diverse backgrounds who can help us support our mission and grow our impact.
Nate Phipps (he/him)
As soon as Nate stumbled upon Common Cycle at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market eight years ago, he knew he had found his people. “I love to get people excited about riding and fixing their own bikes. Bikes are such simple machines, and learning how they work, how to repair and maintain them, and how to help others do the same is such an empowering experience. Everyone should be able to experience that.” He once had eight flats on a six-day bike trip! He’s now quite good at changing tubes.
Bob Werner (he/him)
Bob has been involved with CC for 6 years, and is a part of the Bikes Subcommittee. “I enjoy fixing bikes and love that we can give them to folks in the community. Helping the community to fix their bikes and teaching them to be more independent in maintaining their bikes is also a plus.” While a physician by trade, Bob got his start as a horticulturist.
Ian Ogden (he/him)
For the past 9 years at CC, Ian has been working to reduce barriers to everyday bicycle use for recreation, utility, and whatever folks are into. Implementing and sustaining programs which elevate public knowledge and hands-on skills in maintaining a bicycle – their bicycle. Contributing to a culture of low-impact transportation (space, speed, emissions); contributing to a culture of maintenance, rather than of consumption and disposal. Incredibly dedicated, Ian serves on five subcommittees, including Bikes, Space, Programming, Education, and Administration. “I’m quietly ok with grip-shifters, despite their tradeoffs and being a pain to service.”
Adam Goodman (he/him)
Adam, alternative transportation and pun enthusiast, has been with the organization for 7 years. Two reasons that keep him engaged in CC’s work: 1. The world is a better place with more people riding bikes, and Common Cycle’s education and empowerment mission addresses one key set of barriers that can often prevent people from getting out and riding! 2. My “day job” is software engineering; I spend all day working on very virtual and abstract problems. Bikes are built out of simple and tangible mechanical systems, which is a great contrast to staring at a screen and keyboard all day. “Once I saw a three-legged cat and wondered briefly whether there are any companies making prosthetic limbs for cats and dogs… but then I realized it would be a faux paw!”
Katie Jeannin (she/her)
Katie has worn many hats at Common Cycle over the past 5 years, but currently focuses her efforts on the Communications Subcommittee. “I strongly believe in Common Cycle’s mission and enjoy using my skills in communications to amplify our work. I think it’s amazing that anyone, regardless of background or ability, can come to Common Cycle and learn how to fix a bicycle at little to no cost. What an indispensable resource! I’m happy a bicycle co-op exists in Ann Arbor, I’m glad to be a part of it, and I’m eager to see it grow.”
Clark McCall (he/him)
“I like seeing people realize they can learn how to fix their bicycles,” says Clark, who’s been with Common Cycle for 11 years. He used to ride motorcycles before advancing to bicycles and is actively a part of our Bikes and Space Subcommittees in addition to furthering our Sustainability efforts.
Jessie Williams (she/her)
Jessie Williams is a current law and planning student at the University of Michigan, originally from Traverse City, Michigan. Jessie serves on our Board, Steering Committee, and Communications Committee, and currently serves as the lead for our Volunteers Committee. Jessie is a 2022 graduate of UM’s Program in the Environment, with a concentration in Urban Planning and Transportation Networks. “Biking is a win-win between climate justice, physical health, and economic equity. I’m so proud of the work we do at Common Cycle to help everyone be independent in their transportation, especially for populations who’ve been underrepresented in the biking community.”