The Steering Committee meets monthly to decide priorities and to work on ongoing projects. Meeting dates should be listed in the calendar on this website.  We could always use a few extra hands, fresh energy, and new ideas. If you’d like to attend a meeting or get more involved by joining the Steering Committee, contact Ed Olhava, Bike Newton’s President.

Ed is the one in green

Ed Olhava, President

Ed Olhava is a dedicated cyclist and has biked within the greater Boston area for work, errands and fun since 1997, when he moved to Boston from California. Ed has been a Newton resident since 2008, and chose our community in part due to its walk/cycle friendly nature for his kids, and the ability to commute by bike and/or public transport throughout the metro Boston communities.

Ed is dedicated to improving bicycle access and safety throughout Newton, particularly for children who cannot drive to and from school! Ed’s goals for Newton are to promote safe cycling to/from schools, make our village centers more bikeable, create more protected bike lanes that connect our villages, and work with surrounding cities and towns to better connect our bike networks.

While not working for cycling access in Newton, Ed is a Senior Vice President at a Boston biotech, IFM Therapeutics, where he researches new treatments for oncology and inflammatory diseases.

Nathan Phillips

Nathan Phillips, Vice President
Nathan Phillips is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University,  and Directs the Earth House Living Learning Community at BU.
Nathan commutes by bike between Auburndale and BU, rain or shine (except when roads are icy).


Molly Schaefer

Molly Schaefer, Treasurer & Membership

For many years, Molly commuted by bike to work every day, in all kinds of weather from Chestnut Hill to Wellesley.  For the past 5 years, she has been riding a tandem with her husband, taking long rides on weekend mornings for breakfast.  Molly is one of the original members of the Bike Newton steering committee and serves as its Treasurer.  She hopes that the City of Newton will actively encourage bicycling by creating the necessary infrastructure so that people of all ages and abilities can bicycle safely in Newton.