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Candidate Spotlight: Kenneth Podziba

The League’s Board of Directors serves a critical role in guiding the organization to a sustainable and vibrant future. The Board is made up of both board-appointed and member-elected seats — and currently, there are five open seats and nine candidates for those member-elected spots. We need YOUR votes to determine who will join the board for the next three years.

You can read more about all of the candidates and how to vote at We are also highlighting each of our nine candidates on the blog this week and next. Today’s candidate spotlight is Kenneth J. Podziba.


Kenneth J. Podziba is the president and CEO of Bike New York, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing free bike education classes for kids and adults throughout New York City; last year, his organization taught 15,000 students how to ride safely and confidently. Under Mr. Podziba’s leadership, Bike New York has established nine Community Bicycle Education Centers in all five boroughs and developed summer camp programs for underserved children, after-school programming, and multilingual bike education classes. Bike New York also produces the nation’s largest bicycling event, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, and the most-attended consumer bike expo in America, Bike Expo New York (BENY); BENY serves as a forum to bring the bicycling community together to share ideas, build new partnerships, and promote cycling as a safe and sustainable means of recreation and transportation. In addition to these large-scale events, Bike New York also produces smaller regional and community rides. Prior to joining Bike New York, Mr. Podziba served as the New York City Sports Commissioner, from 1998 through 2010. He earned an MS at Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and a BS at Syracuse University in