Meet City Bikers

Jennifer Jordan – Public Works, Administration Division   20120718BikeProfileJennifer_newsletter_crop                                                 

How often do you bike?

Four to five times per week

What sort of trips do you make on your bike?

For commuting to work, running errands and meeting up with friends at social events where I know parking will be difficult or costly. 

Why do you choose to bike?

Because it’s quick and easy, and I never have to rely on a bus schedule or sit trapped in traffic.

What advice do you have for fellow employees who might want to try?

Start small by running errands in your neighborhood until you get comfortable. If you do eventually want to bike to work, test out the route on a weekend when traffic is light to see how the route feels. Or try it out “half-way” by taking your bike on the bus or train in the morning and then riding it home at the end of the day.

 Do you have a particular story that is a shining example of why you choose to bike?

Becoming a bike commuter was a really gradual process for me. I didn’t set out to become one and it didn’t happen overnight. I started by substituting small trips that I would normally take by car and was amazed that taking my bike was often faster. Eventually I mapped out a route to work using bike paths and set out to see if I could bike home from work once a week. As I developed greater bike route knowledge and confidence, I switched over to more direct, on-street routes. I found that biking to and from work was actually faster than busing and a good way to decompress so I found myself biking more often than not. Biking is just part of my daily life.

Published Jul. 12, 2012