Commuter(s) of the Month
Baxt & Boschen,
Ben Baxt, Dick Boschen, Michael Ingui, and Kimberly Neuhaus
Homes: Ben, Dick, and
Mike live in Brooklyn: Ben in Cobble Hill, Dick in Park Slope, Mike in Carroll
Gardens. Kimberly lives near Union Square.
Bikes: Everyone figures that an inexpensive bike is less likely to be
stolen. Ben and Dick ride old Schwinns, Mike a $75 Raleigh, and Kim a Diamond
Back frame "with bits and pieces of everything that my boyfriend put on
Locks: The Brooklyn guys go with U-locks, while Kimberly uses a steel
Theft: Only two. Ben once lent a bike to a former employee who only
locked the front wheel. All but the wheel disappeared. Dick left a bike
outside a store for a minute.
Commutes: The Brooklyn crowd rides the Brooklyn Bridge. Ben and Mike
take Clinton to get there, while Dick winds through Boerum Hill. Kimberly uses
Broadway downtown and Lafayette and Fourth uptown. "I love the Lafayette
bike lane," she says.
Weather: Year-round, except for rain and snow.
Parking: The ideal situation everybody Parks in the office.
Best Moment: The Brooklynites agree that the Brooklyn Bridge at sunset
is a transforming experience. Kim says, "My best biking moment was T.A.'s
New York Century."
Worst Moment: Dick: "On Court Street, a car cut me off and crushed
my front tire, while I flew over the hood." Kimberly: "I once got
harassed by a car service driver who said nasty obscene and threatening things
for three blocks on Lafayette Street."
Why do you ride? Mike: "Why should I pay $2.50 for a 30-minute
ride that I can do in 15 minutes for free?" Ben: "I miss it when I
don't ride. I feel empty or lost."
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