Summit: Political Influence
Gaining influence within your local and state government
This will be a one hour session to learn how cyclists can assert their influence within their local city and also at the state legislative level.
Tony Carfang and Trevor Steward will be hosting this session.
Panelists scheduled to participate include:
-John Tankard - OKC Planning
-Lewis Moore - State Legislator
-Jason Wadell - Cycling Law Advocate
Cory Williams (OK Rep. 34)
Have you ever wanted a change in the law to benefit cyclists, or wished for a new bike lane? This session will start you on the road of discovery to find out how to implement those changes.
|| Software Engineer at Boeing
Tony Carfang is a Software Engineer on the B-52, having joined Boeing in 2015 after
completing his Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado.
Tony has 12 years of bike racing experience, including 4 years as an officer of the CU Cycling
Team - mentoring new racers, organizing and promoting races, and officiating.
With his wife, Jennie, he started the Pillows to Pedals Program at Boeing to develop
"interested but concerned" riders into savvy cyclists.
Together, they have actively been promoting employee health, safety and active
commuting within Boeing;
They host Lunch-n-Learns at Boeing covering a range of cycling topics,
and further organize multiple Bike-To-Work day events throughout the year
(3 participants of which have become routine bike commuters).
With much support from Jennie, the Oklahoma Bicycle Society, and BikeOklahoma,
Tony has since expanded advocacy beyond Boeing: becoming a League Certified
Instructor for the League of American Bicyclists;
conducting bicycle safety education for bus drivers at EMBARK;
and this year, expanding Pillows to Pedals to a city-wide program
(with 16 graduates of the program this year).
|| Executive Director Freewheel, Inc.
A native of Arizona, Trevor worked for Hensley & Co. for 10 years before moving
to Stillwater, OK in the fall of 2011 to attend Oklahoma State University.
In the spring of 2012, he took the reins as president of the OSU Cycling Club
and rebuilt the once struggling club into what was then one of the biggest sports
clubs on campus.
After graduating in the spring of 2014, Trevor decided to stay in Oklahoma when
offered the job of Executive Director of Freewheel, Inc.
In addition to this great job, Trevor could not leave the amazing cycling culture and
community in Stillwater.
Thanks to this great cycling community, Trevor meet his wife,
Elizabeth, and married this past April.
When not working or riding, Trevor spends his free time with Elizabeth remodeling their house.
|| Bicycle and Pedestrian Planner
John Tankard is an Associate Planner in the City of Oklahoma City’s Planning Department.
He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology,
and a Master’s of Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia.
His work focuses on planning and designing active transportation projects,
and incorporating concepts of public health into the planning process.
Most recently, he led the bikewalkokc master planning process through adoption.
This plan is being implemented presently and is a major step toward a more
walkable and bikeable Oklahoma City.
Road biking since 1997.
Brother in law introduced me to the road bike.
Enjoy mountain biking as well.
Working on bike trails in OKC and Edmond since 1997.
|| Attorney- Jason Waddell, PLLC
Jason Waddell is an attorney practicing in Oklahoma City.
His law practice is almost exclusively related to representing injured people whose injuries occur
through a bicycle wreck, car crash, or trucking accident.
Jason has successfully represented many cyclists in Oklahoma who have been involved in
crashes with automobiles.
Prior to attending law school at the University of Oklahoma, Jason was a Nationally
ranked Elite Amateur cyclist as well as a Professional Cyclist.
Jason still rides and races his bike including commuting by bike to the office.
Through his legal expertise and extensive bicycling knowledge,
Jason has lately been involved in the Oklahoma Legislative process
relating to cyclist’s rights which has included drafting legislation.
|| Cory Williams is an American attorney and Democratic politician from Oklahoma.
He currently serves in the Oklahoma House of Representatives as the District 34
He was first elected to the seat in 2008
Born and raised in Stillwater Cory graduated in 1996 from Stillwater High School.
Cory attended Oklahoma State University, where he was an active student leader.
Cory completed his B.S in Political Science with an emphasis in Applied Politics in 2001
and an M.S. in International Trade and Development from the OSU
School of International Studies in 2003.
While in graduate school Cory was awarded the Boeing Company Fellowship
for his overseas work with American Airlines. .