Jessica Treat, Age 35

Lives: Midtown Phillips

Works: St. Paul Midway Transportation Management Organization (TMO), Executive Director

What sort of trips do you take by bicycle?

All trips: work, shopping, visiting family and friends, entertainment.

How often do you bike?

Daily.

How long have you been riding your bike?

Year-round for the past year, but I’ve ridden for transportation off and on for the past 17 years.

What keeps you pedaling?

I’m car-free so my bike is my primary mode of transportation. I find it to be much quicker and more convenient than the bus, plus I get daily exercise and reduce my carbon footprint.

What kind of bike do you ride?

An old steel-frame Fuji road bike, fixed-gear with panniers and upright/commuter handlebars.

Where is your favorite place to ride?

On the Greenway!

How do you stay safe when you ride?

I use front and back lights and wear a screaming yellow reflective jacket at night. I obey traffic laws – this includes signaling my turns - and ride in a predictable, straight line far enough from the curb to avoid debris and parked cars.

Do you have a shining moment with a motorist, or something you really appreciate from motorists?

I appreciate when passing motorists give me the 3+ feet of space required by state law.

What are your pet peeves, either from motorists or other cyclists?

Motorists who don’t pass with 3+ feet and motorists who aggressively speed around me only to meet me at the next red light. Also, motorists who enjoy throwing sodas and such at me as they pass. Cyclists who don’t obey traffic laws.

What is the most unusual thing you do on your bike?

Wear skirts and dresses.

Last updated Oct 21, 2011