Here is another great story from our And I Ride campaign. We are seeking to put a face on cycling in support of a legislative campaign that we are working on this year. You can read the rest of these great stories here.
We are still accepting entries, so be sure to read below to find out how to send in your story.
Our next story comes from Jo-Anne.
Where I Ride: Wherever I am or can but mosty in the Greater Boston area!
How Often I Ride: Weather permitting, daily
I figure that I’ve been a bike commuter since I was 11. At that time, I lived 3 miles from school and it was much faster to bike than to take 2 buses. Since I started my current job 9 years ago, I once again became a bike commuter. Weather permitting, as long as I don’t have an outside meeting where I need to arrive in business attire and not sweaty, I bike to/from work from March through December. I also try to do long rides on weekends – at least 20 miles a day if possible. This includes running errands, biking to/from and event or joining an organized bike ride, of which there are many during the spring, summer and fall in and around Boston. I’ve met some great friends through biking and find most cyclists quite friendly, as we wave and nod to one another as we pass each other in opposite directions.
I use my Bianchi Avenue as my commuting bike – it’s sturdy, totally reliable and not likely to be stolen when locked in the bike rack at work. It’s also quite heavy, but it is a comfortable ride. I have 2 lights and 1 blinky on the front, 2 blinkies in back and 1 blinky on my helmet for safer nighttime riding. 3 weeks ago, I bought a Trek 7.9 FX (carbon framed hybrid – upright seating position, which I need) and am IN LOVE!! I rode my first metric century last weekend on it and although I was quite exhausted when I got home (this is the earliest in the season that I’ve ridden that far), I was able to get back in the saddle and take a short ride the following day! What I like best about biking is the endorphin high I get and the way I really can appreciate my surroundings. My heroes are those folks in their 70′s and 80′s who are still cycling – I aspire to be them!
We want to hear your story. Tell us about yourself and how bicycling is a part of your life. Just copy and paste the form below into an email, fill it in, and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Where You Ride:
- How Often You Ride:
- Your Profession/Relation/Title (lawyer, nurse, Grandma, son, etc):
- A picture of you on your bicycle, or you in your daily life (be sure we can see your face):
- A paragraph or two about your life and your bicycle: