Mirra Neiman, Age 23

Lives: Uptown

Goes to School: University of Minnesota, Art & Photography Student

What sort of trips do you take by bicycle?
Mostly I ride my bike to school and work. I also use it for errands like grocery shopping and such. I go on longer bike rides in Minneapolis when I get the time as well, like riding the Greenway in its entirety. I do go on longer rides when weather and time permits (i.e. the Munger bike trail up north from Hinckley to Duluth, or sometimes down to Southern Minnesota).

How often do you bike?
I bike about 5 out of 7 days on a good week. When I am running late I do tend to hop on a bus with my bike, to make sure I’m not late for work.

How long have you been riding your bike?
Since I could ride, with a break of a few years between high school and college. I have been biking more extensively in the past 2 years.

What keeps you pedaling?
Supporting the biking community and for political reasons (not partaking in the purchase of oil and other car related items). I like supporting my city and Minneapolis has a great bicycle community. While I don’t always agree with everyone (i.e. extremists in any organization), I like the idea of people driving less or becoming more aware at least of what is going on in our country. It also makes me feel healthy and in charge of my destination. And not having to search for parking or deal with traffic always is a plus.

What kind of bike do you ride?
I ride a touring Raleigh that my father and I built. The only thing that came with the bike originally that we didn’t remove is the frame and the gear shifts.

Where is your favorite place to ride?
My favorite ride is along the Midtown Greenway, ending up at the Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun for some lunch or treats.

How do you stay safe when you ride?
I wear my helmet as often as I can (though currently I don’t have one and have been meaning to get a new one). I watch out for buses and cars – I’ve almost been hit by them a few times, as they tend to not look out for me. I don’t bike when I'm drinking and I also use my lights.

Do you have a shining moment with a motorist, or something you really appreciate from motorists?
Most of the time I notice that drivers tend to ignore me on my bike or yell things at me, but I do appreciate how buses tend to be more respectful at sharing the road.

What are your pet peeves, either from motorists or other cyclists?
I hate motorists who don’t share the road or who yell at me as I bike by them. I also hate it when cyclists treat cars equally bad, purposefully swerving or cutting them off. Neither one will get anywhere acting like this, and it just makes a bad name for everyone. It’s very easy to share the road in Minneapolis compared to other cities I have lived in or visited. But I do wish the drivers would pay more attention to what they are doing when they turn or switch lanes.

What is the most unusual thing you do on your bike?
I don’t use my bike for tricks like everyone with a fixed gear likes to do. I'm not about showing off with my bike. I use it to get from point A to B without being wasteful. I suppose according to most people I see biking, that is what is unusual.

Last updated Oct 21, 2011