Jane Cacchione / Executive Director
jane at charlottebikes.org
Jane Cacchione, our executive director comes with an extensive background in bicycle advocacy and non-profit experience. Jane started her cycling adventures as a 1stgrader, pushing a bike down the sidewalk because she didn’t know how to ride yet! With help from her big sister, she finally mastered the art of riding and has never slowed down. She grew up in Charlotte and attended Appalachian State University. Jane has worked exclusively for non-profits for the past 17 years, including the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She currently lives in Davidson and serves as the Chair of the CDOT Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC).
Weldon Weaver / Chairman
weldon at charlottebikes.org
Weldon learned to ride a bicycle in New Jersey from the neighborhood kids using the “push-into-the-pole method.” He turned and missed the pole. Now he makes avoiding poles, pot-holes, train tracks and cars part of his daily regime commuting to work. Weldon believes strongly that this is an exciting time for cycling in America. The monetary price of gas, the ecological price of gas and the political price of gas is a powerful justification for a cycling as a logical choice. He joined CABA to collaborate on solutions with like-minded people and get involved in enhancing the cycling experience of his neighbors. Weldon spent 2007 in four cities – London, Dublin, San Jose, CA and Charlotte. Only one city is dominated by large SUVs and has only a handful of commuter cyclists, can you guess which one? He feels qualified to help CABA and the Charlotte community identify and communicate local cycling infrastructure deficiencies. As a natural critical thinker, he’s quick to dial 3-1-1 and report transportation issues or speak at a City Council meeting. Weldon has a large portfolio of digital cycling related photos on Flickr.com – - many from his extensive travels.
Weldon is also the creator of Charlotte Velo, keeping a pulse on all cycling related accidents on the roads of the Charlotte area.
Jon Harding / Treasurer
jon at charlottebikes.org
Jon is the current treasurer of CABA and is obsessive about all kinds of bikes. He’s a full time transportation cyclist/commuter, weekend roadie, mountain biker, and bicycle tourist. Jon spends his time off the saddle as a technology manager working for one of Charlotte’s big banks. He discovered his love of bicycling along the country roads of north eastern Pennsylvania on a BMX bike in the 80s, and is a life-long athlete who attended high school and college in Pennsylvania. After finishing college and a NCAA swimming and water polo career, Jon dabbled in triathlon for a few years, but came away with a renewed itch for all forms of bicycling. In 2003, Jon choose to relocate to Charlotte and brought his love of bicycling with him. After completing his graduate degree from UNC Charlotte in 2009, Jon started his year long journey committed to selling his car and using primarily a bike for transportation and documenting the journey at http://carfree.us. You may see Jon around Charlotte’s Cotswold neighborhood with his wife Katie and son, Graham, bicycling for lunch or coffee.
Horace (“Tobe”) Holmes
tobe at charlottebikes.org
For Tobe, cycling has been a gradual progression. The epic neighborhood journeys as a kid slowly evolved to extensive tours around the southeast (as well as a few more bike-friendly locales) and daily bicycle commuting. Of course, with increased frequency and distance came the need for better gear and more bikes, leading to a brief career in the cycling industry. After spending a few years in Charleston, SC selling bikes, pulling wrenches and running a couple of shops, Tobe realized that although it was rewarding to get people on bikes, safety and infrastructure were the key limiting factors to helping people get out and ride. This, in part, led Tobe to Clemson U. for a Masters in City and Regional Planning and a profession as a Transportation Planner. Tobe takes every opportunity, not only get people on bikes, but also keep them safe in the process.