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Janet Dray, Age 55

Lives: Uptown

Works: Cuningham Group Architecture, Interior Designer

What sort of trips do you take by bicycle?
I bike to work, to the grocery store, and around the lakes for recreation.

How often do you bike?
Every day as weather permits, spring through fall.

How long have you been riding your bike?
My whole life, but I’ve been commuting to work for about 7 years.

What keeps you pedaling?
It’s good exercise, and less stressful than driving.

What kind of bike do you ride?
An Amsterdam model, Glorie Pointer – it’s awesome. My husband and I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark a few years ago, bought two matching Glorie Pointers, an Amsterdam model, and brought them back to the States with us. At that time Northwest Airlines still allowed a bike as a piece of luggage on international flights. The chain mechanism is completely covered, and a self-generating headlight and bell were included, as well as a keyed spoke lock. Previously we had mountain bikes, but after we got these the mountain bikes collected dust in the garage. In 2006 we spent the year in Central African Republic doing some volunteer work, and the mountain bikes stayed there to benefit two different African families.

Where is your favorite place to ride?
Around the lakes and along the Midtown Greenway.

How do you stay safe when you ride?
I bike defensively, and I use bike routes as much as possible. I’m courteous and people usually notice.

Do you have a shining moment with a motorist, or something you really appreciate from motorists?
I love it when a motorist stops, notices, and gives me the right-of-way. Eye contact usually does it.

What are your pet peeves, either from motorists or other cyclists?
Rudeness and people who use cell phones while driving—they usually aren’t paying attention.

What is the most unusual thing you do on your bike?
I like ringing the bike bell, and riding bike in a long flowing dress or a skirt. Oh, and I have a wicker basket strapped onto the back of my bike, so people are often reminded of Mary Poppins!

Last updated Oct 21, 2011

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