Commuter of the Month:
Preston B. Price
manager at Patagonia in SoHo.
Commute: 40 minutes from Astoria across Queensboro Bridge, down Second
Ave. across Houston.
Bike: 1991 Specialized Rockhopper, safety flasher on back.
Attire: Black helmet, padded riding tights, bright orange windbreaker
or Patagonia "capilene" t-shirt.
How Long Commuting: One year in NYC. Before that three years in Atlanta
- where I had a 35 minute ride.
Why did you start riding to work: I was lucky to have a shower at the
Patagonia store I worked at in Atlanta. I couldn't pass up the chance to ride
every day. It's fun and good exercise, plus let's not forget, good for the
environment. I've ridden bikes all my life. I rode my bike to school in
elementary school and junior high. Though, riding became uncool some time in
high school. But, I started riding again in college to get around campus.
Riding in NYC: Compared to Atlanta, Chicago, LA and San Francisco, New
York is the best place to ride. But the exposure to pollution scares me.
Parking at Work: There are bike racks in the store for employees that can park
Response of coworkers: Most of them ride too. So it seems pretty normal
Favorite thing about biking to work in NYC: The experience of the ride itself.
The fun of riding in and out of traffic.
Memorable Experience: Seeing a woman in an all-white dress riding on
Park Ave. The wind was blowing through her clothes and she looked like an
angel on wheels.
Advice: Be simultaneously aggressive and defensive while you ride. Wear your
helmet. Mine saved my life.
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