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Becky Afonso  Executive Director

selfportraitBecky is a native Floridian from the Tampa Bay area and has favored bicycle commuting since her grade school days in Clearwater. Her interest in road and off-road riding evolved in the late 1990s, becoming a member of the Suwannee Bicycle Association, SWAMP and a charter member of the Suncoast Cycling Club. She served on each club’s board and within all three took on additional duties as social director, newsletter editor, List-Serve Moderator, volunteer coordinator, and event director.

Becky holds a degree in Mass Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans, specializing in television news directing – an intense skill set of time-management and multi-tasking that keeps things moving forward.

Becky has over 30 years of cycling experience in project management, route logistics, event directing and marketing from positions at Bike Wisconsin, Bike MS Breakaway to the Keys and Bike Florida. She is a League of American Bicyclists Cycling Instructor (LCI), Florida certified bicycle helmet fitter and graduate of CyclingSavvy.  Upon becoming executive director of FBA, Becky has focused on traveling the state for educational outreach and networking with elected officials for positive cycling legislation.  Becky has a policy of joining bicycle clubs who join FBA and is now a member of over 35 Florida bicycle clubs.

Becky has served on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Greenways and Trails Council as chair and was recently elected vice president of the Florida Greenways & Trails Foundation.  Locally, Becky is vice-chair of the Forward Pinellas Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee and a member of  SAFE KIDS Florida Suncoast.

Known as the “Coffee Lady” at the July Michigander bicycle tour, Becky continues to bicycle commute locally in Oldsmar and travels with her folding Dahon Espresso bicycle to enjoy riding wherever the road takes her.

Favorite Quote:

“One minute of patience, ten years of peace.” ~ Greek proverb

Phone: 813-748-1513


Mailing address: P.O. Box 2452, Oldsmar FL 34677

Ed Barsotti  Bicycle Infrastructure Assistance Program Director

As a way to embrace his new state, Ed joined FBA right after becoming a half-time Florida resident in July 2020.  He recently “semi-retired” to part-time work with bicycle advocacy organization Ride Illinois, where he started in 2001 and spent 16 years as executive director.

Ed has extensive experience with bicycle infrastructure including development of bike plans for 20 cities; design input on hundreds of road projects; instruction of over 1000 planners, engineers, students and advocates on infrastructure and planning; and participation on his state’s roadway design manual committee.  He enjoys helping professionals and advocates find pragmatic, achievable solutions to better bicycling conditions.

Among Ed’s other advocacy efforts is development of Ride Illinois’ online (BSQ) lessons, meant to help close the public education gap on bicyclists and motorists safely co-existing.  BSQ has been used by over 110,000 Illinoisans, half as driver education students.

Ed passed 100,000 lifetime biking miles in 2015.  He looks forward to adding many more near his Ocala home and throughout Florida.