Commuter of the Month:
Occupation: Project Manager
Neighborhood: Lower East Side
T.A. Member Since: 1991
What prompted you to commute? Years ago I really took Bike to Work week
to heart. Instead of just riding during the summer, I decided to do it as
often as I could. It's more pleasant to ride and a timesaver.
Route: One and a half miles. I just switched to using the new East
River Bikeway under the FDR drive. From there I take South Street. Having the
highway overhead protects you from the elements. I ride year round, but I'm a
fair weather rider. I only take the subway when I have to.
Bike: I have five bikes. I use my Prism Aluminum Road Bike for
Parking Woes: My building has been very resistant to indoor bike
parking - they're even against outdoor racks. I always use a series of locks,
at least a chain or U-lock for the front wheel and another master padlock for
the back. I haven't had any problem with theft for a number of years.
Best thing about biking in NYC? The variety of people and
Worst? The challenge of NYC traffic - the thickest, meanest, nastiest
traffic on the planet.
On Activism: T.A. is a powerful voice in a city that can be pretty
apathetic. But they can only do so much. It's really up to people to measure
their dedication and interest. If you want a safer city, it's not just enough
to support T.A.
How do you manifest that? By getting out on your bike and taking part in as
many bike-related activities as possible. Take part in a critical mass ride.
Join group rides. Show up to demonstrations. When you see something you don't
agree with, write a letter.
Is that why you started ebikes? ebikes began as a group of activists
and recreational riders trying to create an online dialogue about the process
of cycling in NYC. It has grown to nearly 300 users who represent a wide range
of bicycling backgrounds: messengers, advocates, racers, and people who work
in government. Sometimes it reaches extremes; people are very critical and you
can be sure they'll share their opinions.
If you could implement one beneficial strategy for cyclists, what would it
be? Tolls on the East River bridges. Bikes lanes are great, and I use
them, but the only way to significantly reduce the amount of traffic in
Manhattan is by making drivers pay an expense for using their vehicles. By
increasing the burden on drivers, they would be forced to look at other forms
of transit. Then, increase subway service and improve all forms of alternative
How'd you get involved with the Five Boro Bike Club? One year after
riding in the annual Five Boro Bike Tour, I decided I wanted to get more
involved with the club. One of the things I take pleasure from now is planning
and participating in events for other people to enjoy. These days, I lead many
rides for the 5BBC and marshal other rides throughout the year including
T.A.'s NYC Century.
Advice: Ride defensively. Always try to anticipate problems ahead of
you and assume you will be the one to stop. Don't allow your fear of traffic
to keep you from riding. It's my favorite hobby and activity.
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