BikeVentura Staff

Joey Juhasz-Lukomski, Executive Director

Joey has been the Executive Director Of BikeVentura since December 2017. Previously he was the Operations Manager at the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition, and before that he was a professional cook for several years working (and riding bikes) in Washington DC, Berlin, and New York City. He is from Arlington, VA, which boasts miles and miles of protected bike paths. He lives in Fillmore.

You can email him any ol’ time at joey@bikeventura.org

Alex Penaloza

Alex was born and raised in Ventura, Ca. Alex’s passions include bikes, music, eating and DIY. He is a strong proponent for bikes being so much more than just a way to get around, though still vital to transportation).  In his own words, “bicycles are health, bicycles are joy, bicycles are freedom. They’re a literal and figurative vehicle to interacting with my community and I couldn’t imagine my living without them.

“I came to the Hub at a very confusing point in my life and the people here offered a space for me to grow in more ways than I could ever have imagined. With my mechanical skills, bilingual tongue, and dedication to inclusivity I like to think I facilitate a space that gives others that opportunity as well.”

Alex lives by the following, “Your heart is a muscle the size of your fist, keep on loving, keep on fighting.”

Sergio Garcia

Sergio joined the Bike Ventura crew earlier this summer. He has over 10 years experience working for Bicycle non-profits. He enjoys helping others work on their bike as well as teaching adult and youth bicycle education. 

Catch him on the road or shredding some dirt on his klunker. He lives in Oxnard

Zuleima “Zuli” Jimenez

Zuli joins the BikeVentura team from Oxnard, CA. She is a native Spanish (with Mayan influence) speaker and is passionate about learning and creating. She is a devoted community member and partners with the La Colonia youth to bring art to her community!

Zuli’s passion for cycling grew when she was in the Bay Area and was greeted with bright green lanes. This was a stark contrast to her hometown. She’s a fixie rider and is digging in to the mechanical side of cycling and is also ready to advocate for safer streets in Ventura County. 

Pedro Barragan

Pedro has been with the Ventura HUB crew since 2019 and comes to us from Oxnard. 

Adriana Diego

Adriana has recently joined our team to assist Joey with all sorts of organizing and paper work, and he is thankful! However, she has been coming into the HUB to volunteer her time for quite some. She also volunteers at Community Roots Garden in Oxnard (where she lives)

Chris Barton

Chris grew up in Ojai and developed a love for cycling because it allowed him to explore the Ventura County. Chris spent years racing bicycles professionally throughout Europe, North, and South America. Chris loves riding and loves getting others excited about riding. 
 
 

Benicia Jo Smith (AKA Toby's wife)

Benicia Jo is our social media magician, spinning advocacy meetings and action items into pure gold on Instagram! She also works on our newsletter and generally attends a lot of outreach meetings and events so she can get the scoop. Little unknown fact, she is one of the original founders of the Ventura Bike HUB, along with her husband and other folks who are still part of the HUB family! 

She first began riding bikes when she lived in San Francisco, where she attended college. Once she moved to Ventura in 2008, she recognized a real need for better bicycle infrastructure and got to work. She has lived on the Avenue for 13 years where she raises her young son and works as an educator at a local elementary school. She believes that bicycles have the power to change lives because she has seen it firsthand in the shop! When she’s not slinging online content and writing stories, she’s going on desert adventures with her family, camping, eating burritos, and dreaming away in her garden.

If you have magical social media suggestions, email her here: beniciajo@gmail.com