Our Staff

Joy Hancock

Joy Hancock is Bike Florida’s Executive Director.

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Linda Prout

Linda Prout is Bike Florida’s Business Operations Manager.

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About Bike Florida

Nonprofit Bike Florida Inc. was formed in 1994, as a fundraising event and organization to help supplement the Florida Traffic and Bicycle Safety Education Program (FTBSEP). The main fund raiser is a week-long bicycle touring adventure for up to 1,000 cyclists, taking place in the spring. In 2008, Bike Florida began week-long luxury tours along the 260-mile St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop.

The spring tour is annual; the luxury tours typically take place during fall and winter. Although the spring tour varies its route from year to year, the luxury tours follow the River-to-Sea Loop, a virtually trademarked Bike Florida route. All routes link small towns with natural and historic landmarks along mostly scenic country roads. All tours are fully supported and coordinated with local law enforcement agencies; our SHARE THE ROAD signs are prevalent along the routes.

Today, Bike Florida supports the mission of the FTBSEP, which is housed at the University of Florida, by providing them with safety-educational materials and assisting them in promoting bicycle safety throughout Florida.


To promote safe and responsible bicycling through support of the Share the Road campaign, education, public awareness, and bicycle touring. As an organization, we are dedicated to making a positive economic impact in the regions and communities that support our tours and programs.




  • To inspire a state where bicycling is considered a mainstream form of transportation and recreation.
  • To be recognized as the premier bicycle touring organization in the state of Florida.
  • To develop national and international partners to increase bicycling and bicycle tourism in the state of Florida.
  • To increase bicycle ridership and encourage bicycle tourism in Florida.
  • To promote and increase bicycle safety education on all levels.
  • To promote all aspects of bicycling including transportation, recreation, and health benefits.
  • To foster an understanding that the funding received from the Share the Road campaign supports and promotes the responsible use of the roadways by pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists.



Board of Directors

Colleen Nicoulin

Colleen Nicoulin is Bike Florida’s current Chairman.

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Roger Pierce

Currently Chief of Staff of the Gainesville Cycling Club (GCC).

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Dan Connaughton

Dan Connaughton is a Professor in the College of Health and Human Performance at the University of Florida.

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Gary Kirkland

Gary Kirkland lives in Gainesville, FL where he’s a media specialist with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers.

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Randy Wells

Randy Wells, Board Member

Leigh Matusick

Leigh Matusick, Board Member.

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