kids on bikes

Our People

Daniel Byrd

Executive Director

Daniel is a huge advocate for everyone-especially kids-utilizing bikes to explore, have fun, and enjoy the beauty only found in Colorado Springs.  Daniel received his bachelors of Social Work from Colorado State University and has a vast background in working with kids as a coach, counselor, and social worker.  During his time at Urban Peak, he started up the Bike Program to help homeless youth earn a bike of their own. Daniel brings together a huge passion for kids and bicycles and hopes to strengthen every aspect of Kids on Bikes in order to have a huge impact on his home town of Colorado Springs.

Jess Verplank

Operations Manager

Jessica is a Colorado native with deep roots in the local mountain bike community. She wants to change the world and have a big impact on our Colorado Springs community. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from Grand Canyon University. She has a huge passion to get more women and kids on bikes and brings that passion to Kids on Bikes. “I believe that we all need to experience the freedom that bikes allow”. She has volunteered for the Women’s Mountain Bike Association of Colorado Springs, coached women’s mountain bike clinics around Colorado and volunteered and coached for summer camps with Kids on Bikes. She loves gardening, cooking, and traveling with her family searching for the best locations across the US to mountain bike, paddle board, ski and adventure together.

Kayla Thompson

Program Manager

Kayla comes to Kids on Bikes as an outdoor enthusiast from rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking and camping. She has her bachelor’s degree in Health Wellness and Promotion from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). Currently working on her master’s in mental health counseling hoping to empower kids and people of all ages through adventure-based therapy. In her free time Kayla and her 8-year-old son love to go on bike rides throughout the city. From interning with another non-profit she found a purpose in the non-profit community and hopes to make a difference in people lives in her hometown of Colorado Springs.

"Fixie" Dave Nice

Senior mechanic and Maintenance Coordinator

“Fixie” Dave Nice has been pedaling since training wheels and working in bike shops since he was 13 years old. He has worked on bikes for endurance athletes, pro athletes, para athletes, and built bikes for various disabilities. If it has pedals, he enjoys working on it. He gets excited hearing the stories of kids who were once students with Kids on Bikes and are now coaching other kids at camps. He loves the freedom and independence a bicycle provides and hopes to inspire that with kids and big kids alike at the Pedal Station.  When he’s not wrenching on bikes you can find him year-round commuting by bike, bikepacking, cooking or reading.

Mark Schenberger

Camp Manager

Mark grew up outside of Philadelphia and attended the Ohio State University where he developed a passion for sustainability, health and active transportation. While Mark originally came to Kids on Bikes as an Americorps VISTA in 2016, he has been involved in programming and transitioned into the Camp Manager role this year. Last year, he was able to take a four month dream bike tour from Denmark to Turkey which has only made him more passionate about enabling more kids and families to experience Colorado Springs by bike. Outside of work, he can be found running around up in the mountains and eating pizza, often at the same time.

Eric Barker

Pedal Station Assistant Manager

Bikes meant independence, exploration and transportation to Eric growing up near Detroit, Michigan and London, England. Bikes also represented family, riding all day with siblings and cousins and hanging out with his Aunt and Grandfather at their family bike shop. The family aspect of bikes was important to Eric when riding with his daughter as she grew up. Riding road, cyclocross and mountain bikes was essential in maintaining physical and mental fitness during his career as a government employee and while working as a locomotive engineer and train mechanic. Bike meant education while he attended Barnett Bicycle Institute and then became a volunteer mechanic at the Pedal Station in 2016. A regular volunteer at the Pedal Station, Eric learned more bicycle repair skills and shared that knowledge with others. As a vintage bicycle collector and restorer, bikes are about history and community. He is active in vintage/antique bicycle rides, swaps and clubs in Denver and Colorado Springs. He is passionate about fixing up old steel road bikes, cruisers and klunkers. As a mechanic with Kids on Bikes/Pedal Station, bicycles are a form of giving back. Eric hopes to share his philosophy that bikes are fun, two wheeled, sustainable, egalitarian opportunity machines that should be accessible to all.

Chad Dewey

Bike Service Associate

Dewey spent his time growing up in the 4 corners states and found his expanded love and appreciation for mountain biking when he moved to Alaska. Since then, he has logged hundreds of miles both off and on road with his bikes and continues to commute solely on two wheels. Working with bikes for the last 25 years, Dewey really has a love for them because he knows how much happiness that they bring to everyone that gets to experience them. There’s nothing like getting to see the joy someone feels on a bike! As well as working in bike shops and logging his own bike miles, Dewey spent the summer of 2020 coaching for Kids on Bikes in various experience levels. It was his first time really digging into coaching and working with kids, and he really had a blast watching how kids were able to progress and grow in their confidence on their bikes, on the trails, and really work together in their groups solving problems and encouraging one another. At home he also got to mirror these experiences by helping his new family grow in their own biking abilities (especially wanting to train Gideon, the family cat, to ride along). He’s excited to see how bikes will play a role in his growing family’s future.
His favorite trails to ride locally are located in North Cheyenne Cañon.

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Board of Directors

We’ve Moved!.
Come visit us at our new Pedal Station location:
2222 Bott Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80904
We are open every day from 11am-6pm.
Donate a bike, buy a bike or volunteer with us.
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