- Becky Afonso Executive Director
- Laura Hallam Administrative Assistant
- Mary Beth Garcia Ride Leader / Ride Marshal Program Director
- Ed Barsotti Bicycle Infrastructure Assistance Program Director
Becky Afonso Executive Director
Becky 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 30 Florida bicycle clubs.
Becky has served on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Greenways and Trails Council as chair and is the current secretary 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.
“One minute of patience, ten years of peace.” ~ Greek proverb
Mailing address: P.O. Box 2452, Oldsmar FL 34677
Laura Hallam Administrative Assistant
Laura has over 30 years of experience working for non-profit organizations in areas ranging from education and advocacy to marketing, management, event coordination and administration. For 10 years she served as executive director of Florida Bicycle Association preceded by 13 years with the Florida Governor’s Council on Fitness and Sports to promote active lifestyles through a wide variety of sporting events.
She was fortunate to participate as a volunteer at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta and 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Laura’s skills include organizational planning and budgeting, legislative and governmental relations, and enthusiasm in everything she does. She is a past board member for Paddle Florida, Bike Florida and the former Alliance for Biking and Walking. She loves to paddle, bike and hike, as well as travel and read. Laura lives in Sopchoppy, 35 miles and 100 years southwest of Tallahassee.
“The cure for anything is salt water — sweat, tears, or the sea.”-Isak Dinesen
“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” – Joyce Meyer
Mary Beth Garcia Ride Leader / Ride Marshal Program Director
Mary Beth has over 30 years of experience in retail operations, training and development to maximize talent and increase performance. She is the founder and president of Talent Optimization Inc. Training, development and consulting firm based in Miami Florida. She specializes in Leadership, Communication Skills, Negotiation, Coaching and Consulting with expertise in the Retail, Service and Hospitality industries.
Mary Beth has over 23 years of experience in South Florida as an avid road cyclist, team leader, ride leader and marshal, fundraiser and safe cycling skills trainer. As a member of the Everglades Bicycle Club, the largest and oldest (founded in 1976) cycling club in South Florida, she created the Ride Leader Training and Ride Leader Program for ride leaders/trainers to lead weekly club rides from 12 MPH beginner’s levels to 22+ advanced rides. She holds certifications to conduct children’s rodeos, adult Pedestrian and Bicycle Traffic education and helmet fitting courses.
It is the same with people as it is with riding a bike. Only when moving can one comfortably maintain one’s balance. – Albert Einstein
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 BikeSafetyQuiz.com (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.