Our TeamMeet our board members
Bikes Welcome is a charitable trust. Our board is comprised of the following people.
Founder, CEO & Do-er
Jo Clendon is the founder of Bikes Welcome.
After graduating from Auckland University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree she worked in Sydney and internationally. Her career features leadership roles in high profile international companies including: Procter & Gamble, EDS, Compaq, HP and Oracle; and roles including accountant, systems analyst, project manager, operations manager and business systems director. She returned to live in New Zealand in 2008.
Since the birth of her second child in 2009 she has been a stay-at-home parent focused on the needs of her family as well as serving her community via lead roles at Playcentre and the Lower Hutt Plunket Community Toy Library.
She has been using a bike for everyday transport ever since witnessing how it is done in Europe and experiencing how much easier and more pleasant it is than using the car. She is a keen advocate for everyday cycling and for improving children’s access to safe and accessible cycling everyday.
As a child Jodene rode her bike for fun. She would try to get her siblings to do synchronised biking and her parents would take them for rides around the Pencarrow coast. When she was a student she used a combination of bike and public transport to get to university and to her part-time jobs. She also did things like bike the Rimutaka Cycle Trail for fun. Now she has a PhD in Molecular Biology, and has worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford and as a lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington. For part of the time she lived in England and did not own a car, she and her husband would bike to work, to parties, and to country pubs. She even used to stuff all their laundry in her pack and rode to the laundromat.
Currently Jodene and her husband run a cafe/pizzeria (Days Bay Pavilion). For a while, with their two children and business they were a two car family, but when the second car died they decided not to replace it, for a number of reasons including reducing their families carbon footprint. Now they use their bikes a lot more for fun and also just to get around, for example to run errands, visit friends and family, go to the library, go to music lessons, etc. They enjoy getting fresh air, sunshine, exercise, and saying ‘hi’ to the neighbours – all at the same time.
Catarina hails from cycle-friendly meccas such as Portland and NYC. She loves seeing the growing number of people on bikes in Aotearoa/New Zealand and is encouraged by the growth in infrastructure. When she’s not out riding, Catarina is caffeinating herself at locals like Bicycle Junction and saving up for an e-bike.
Catarina has extensive business experience, most recently as the marketing and community activator at Bicycle Junction. She excelled as Christchurch’s self-appointed Bicycle Mayor leading a range of events and activations that charged up the Christchurch cycle scene. Wellington is now the lucky home of Catarina’s drive, enthusiasm and ability. She is especially passionate about getting more women on bikes, fixing bikes and comfortable in bike shops.
John is a former US national road cycling champion, and has the skills to ride in all traffic conditions. He rides every day, everywhere – but that doesn’t mean it is always comfortable! Car-dominated streets and 1950’s automobility-focused thinking aren’t just noisy and uncomfortable places to be. They are bad for our health, environment, and economy. He envisions and strives for ‘complete streets’ – places for people of all ages and abilities using all transport modes.
John started his post-racing career as the transport planner for Palmerston North City Council, then joined ViaStrada in 2009. He obtained a masters in transportation engineering in 2011. He has worked on walking and cycling projects across the USA and Canada as a project manager for Alta Planning and Design between 2012 and 2015, before returning to ViaStrada. His work includes bicycle and pedestrian master plans, corridor studies, and a wide range of transportation research and traffic studies. He is also a leading specialist in school and workplace travel planning. John’s NZ experience includes projects in Auckland, Hamilton, Hastings, New Plymouth, Taupo, Palmerston North, Wellington, Blenheim, Nelson, Christchurch, Greymouth and Queenstown. John is an Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) certified Professional Transport Planner (PTP).
Lyn has a background in industrial design, having practised in New Zealand and the UK and subsequently transferring his interest in people, design and systems to the education sector in the early 90’s. Since 2005, Lyn has been head of the Industrial Design programme at Massey University’s School of Design in Wellington – Red Dot’s number one ranked design school in the Asia Pacific region. Lyn didn’t particularly enjoy cycling growing up in Palmerston North but having shifted to Wellington he bought his first mountain bike in 1995 and got hooked pretty quickly (and expensively). He can be found most Sunday mornings chasing his partner and friends around Wellington’s awesome trail network with a huge grin on his face. More recently, Lyn fitted road tyres to an old mountain bike and took to commuting. Based on this experience combined with a deep professional interest in sustainability, Lyn believes that developing a utility cycling culture is a key component of healthy future cities.
Gene Clendon is Senior Design Engineer for Cisco Systems, a US company. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Auckland and a Masters of Technology from Macquarie University (Sydney). Although he works from home in Lower Hutt, he enjoys commuting by bike to Wellington once a week. He is on the committee of the Hutt Valley Mountain Bike Club and a strong supporter safer and more accessible everyday cycling.
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