Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Why I Bike: Roger

When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?
I learned how to ride a bike in 1991 – was eight  years old. Before then, a tricycle was my main form for transportation around the park and areas of  residence. I then moved to a bicycle with training wheels for about a year until Uncle Steven came for a visit. He told me “it’s time to put on your big boy shorts and get those training wheels off”. We then made our way outside with my bike (sans training wheels). He gently guided me back and forth while I maintained my balance as I rode through an empty parking. After a few of falls and successful  unassisted rides, I finally got the hang of it. With confidence, I finally rode all the way home by myself.

In what city and state do you live? 
Silver Spring, Maryland

What is the biking culture like there?
I don’t remember there being much of a biking culture. That’s just what we crazy kids did at that age.

What kind of bike do you have?

I have a Ross Eurosport road bike made in the 1970s.

How often do you ride your bike?
I ride my bike back and forth from work; about 6 times a week.

I wish drivers...
I wish drivers would be more understanding of the fact the bike lanes are limited in DC. We (riders) don’t intend on slowing traffic down or making you (drivers) anxious. Most bikers obey traffic signals as though they were operating a vehicle on the road. So please be patience and less aggressive with us (riders).

I would ride my bike even more if...
I would ride my bike more if I lived in a tropical area, where it was sunny most days of the year.

My favorite bike snacks are:
bananas and Granola bars

My favorite piece of bike gear are:
My lights. They allow me to see and be seen at night.

Do you ride your bike in all weather?
No. I try to avoid riding in the rain, cold, snow and any other wet weather.

Do you own a car?

I mostly ride my bike ___
I mostly ride my bike to commute.

My favorite thing about riding my bike....
I love getting from A to B much faster than if I had used public transportation or even a car.

Craziest thing I did (or craziest thing I carried) on my bike:
I rode down a steep hill in the rain. My brakes don’t work in wet weather due to the absence of friction between my brake pads and tires. This was one of the scariest moments of my life. Fortunately I was able to stay calm and steer into level ground before anything disastrous happened.

Does your house/apt/work have special accommodations that make biking more feasible?
Yes, we have a bike room in our apartment.

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