Monday, October 27, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

Benjamin

Benjamin at Fourth Avenue South and South Jackson Street




Gary

Gary at Fifth Avenue South and South Jackson Street




Mitchell

Mitchell at Fifth Avenue South and South Weller Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
1970s NISHIKI.

Why do you ride? 
I don't own a car and riding the bus is not fast or efficient.  Biking is my transportation and an enjoyable way to spend time.

Where do you ride? 
Anywhere and everywhere in and around the city.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
Adventuring with Bilha-Catherine Waruguru Githinji around the city.  Making memories and having fun.




Thursday, October 23, 2014

Mike

Mike at Fifth Avenue South and South Jackson Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
My daily commuter is a Cannondale mountain bike.  I don’t know the model – I bought it used in 1991, I am guessing it is 1988 vintage.  (I also have a Lemond Zurich road bike which I also bought used but I think it is a 2000 vintage.)

Why do you ride? 
#1 my mental health.  I feel so much better when I get to work or home when I bike.
#2 it is the easiest way to get around.  I love the convenience and flexibility I have on my bike.
#3 Exercise – it is often hard to find time in my day for exercise, so knowing I at least have two 25 minute light workouts per day is great.
#4 It is economical.  I love that our family only needs one car (and the corresponding cost savings) in large part because I bike/transit most places.
#5 Climate change.

Where do you ride? 
Daily between Fremont and downtown Seattle, but everywhere in and around town and the region.  Paired with our transit system, I get to almost all my regional commitments on bike/bus.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
So many great things but I can’t think of a single one that stands out.  One day STP. Bike commuting in the snow. RAMROD.  All the great people I meet at intersections that I would not meet if I were encased in thousands of pounds of steel.  Getting to my destination faster than my friends in a car.




Thursday, October 16, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Taldi

Taldi in Occidental Park
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
Scott Contessa CRI Pro for the road.

Why do you ride? 
I like to go fast. I love the freedom and independence you experience while on two wheels. To stay healthy, to reduce my carbon footprint, and to pass people stuck in traffic. 

Where do you ride? 
I ride to work. I race around the region. I ride around Lake Washington, to the grocery store, to concerts, to games, pretty much everywhere. 

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
Self awareness, new and deeper friendships, endorphins!



Linda

Linda at Occidental Park




Kris

Kris at Occidental Park
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
I ride a custom built 2012 Surly Ogre, most of the shop-based customizations by Wrench Bicycles on Dexter Ave.  The bike's name is "Tank", partly due to the Army Green coloring, partly due to the weight.  I'm convinced former USSR tank armor was used to build my bike.  The dog's name is Betsy (please say hi if you see her, she gets really excited when people do that).

Why do you ride? 
This is a multi-part answer.
The first and probably biggest reason is it is the fastest and most reliable way for me to get around for the majority of the trips I do.  I can get across the city from the Space Needle to Occidental Park in 11 minutes.  I can get back in 15 minutes.  That time doesn't change much no matter what the traffic is like, so telling my wife that I'll be home in 15 minutes is pretty much a sure thing. Parking is also pretty easy and almost always free.
The second part is the majority of my trips are less than 2 miles and solo (see the Clif Bar 2 mile challenge from a few years ago for more information). I'm actually a really big car buff and it's pretty rough on car engines, batteries and oil to continuously heat cycle the engine with short trips.  I still use a car, just not for solo trips and not for short trips.
The third part is financial. I used to track my expenses with cycling and it ended up being half the running costs per mile compared to a car. It also costs $1440 a year per vehicle in my apartment complex.  $1440 is roughly what I pay whenever I fly to Australia and back.  I'm not sure whether it will be cheaper to use the Pronto bikes compared to my own bikes but it is likely to be very comparable in costs (including initial purchase) with the amount I plan to use them.
The last part is it's a reminder of something I've done my entire life that's brought me much joy, and something I can do every day. Doing at least one thing you love every day is very important for psychological well being.

Where do you ride? 
Pretty much everywhere.  If we're only talking rides that start and end in Seattle, I've ridden to Harrison Hot Springs in BC, out as far as Cle Elum on the Iron Horse Trail, South to Portland (STPTS - Seattle to Portland to Seattle in 2 days), but sadly not too far west - just Bainbridge Island and the Kitsap Peninsula, although technically I caught the ferry to get to both of those.  The majority of my trips are urban though - West Seattle, Magnolia, UW, Capitol Hill, Costco in SODO, etc.  The list is much longer if we talk out of state or out of country.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
Well, pretty much every ride that starts and ends at my desired destination (instead of, say, Harborview Medical) is a candidate for best ride.  Finishing with all the skin you started with is very high on the, "best thing" list.  Still, if I had to choose one that stood out above everything else... The very first time I met my wife I was on my bike.




Lee

Lee at Occidental Park
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
The road bike I was on today is a Focus Team racing bike with electronic shifting. However, I also ride Rodriguez bikes (built at R&E Cycles in Seattle) and a Seven cyclocross race bike. Oh, and a Specialized S-Works mountain bike.

Why do you ride? 
I ride my bike because I love to ride! I also race (on the Team Group Health women’s racing team) and commute whenever possible. 

Where do you ride? 
I ride all over the Pacific Northwest, and occasionally am lucky enough to ride in France.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
I had two great experiences just on my ride to the Pronto Bikeshare kick-off celebration today. One driver thanked me for following the rules of the road; and another driver, who had run a stop sign (requiring me to slam on my brakes), later pulled over to apologize for not having seen me. As Mayor Ed Murray pointed out today, the more cyclists we have out there on the roads, the safer things will become for both drivers and cyclists.




Jay

Jay at Occidental Park
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
Brompton folding bicycle (used parts thrown together, unknown model).

Why do you ride? 
I originally started bicycle commuting a few years ago to boycott the oil industry and minimize my carbon footprint. A side effect of this has been regular exercise! 

Where do you ride? 
I ride literally everywhere — rain or shine, snow or sleet, day or night. Unlike a fair-weather cyclist, I ride to get from A to B. If I have to go a long distance and have time constraints, I fold the 25-pound bicycle down to the size of a briefcase and bring it with me on the bus, train, ferry, etc. 

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
Over the years of bicycle commuting, I've developed some nice calf muscles, I'm proud to say! Cycling has taught me to be patient and to live slow. Similar to the tiny house movement, cycling can be a bit of financial freedom, particularly from the automobile. It's saved me a ton of cash!




Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Ryan

Ryan at Fifth Avenue South and South King Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
Centurion Le mans RS (all factory from the early 80's).

Why do you ride? 
I ride to commute, and an escape.

Where do you ride? 
From Mountlake Terrace to downtown Seattle.

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
Everyday I ride is the best. I get to clear my head and take in all the sites, sounds and smells from the wind at speed, to my turning gears.







Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Garret

Garret at Third Avenue and Pike Street




Sean

Sean at Fourth Avenue South and South Jackson Street
What brand and type of bicycle do you have?
I ride a Masi Speciale CX Uno.

Why do you ride
I ride because I can. And it keeps me in shape. :) 

Where do you ride? 
I ride all over town! Primarily from Queen Anne to South Lake Union; SODO and Ballard (to Peddler Brewing!) are also frequent trips I make. 

What's the best thing that happened to you while riding? 
There are so many great things that have happened while riding my bicycle; the most memorable being something that happened because of my bicycle: I rode my first self-guided century ride this summer from Seattle to Arlington and back via Granite Falls. To do 100 miles in a day when my normal commute is 4 miles tops was a feat in of itself. I ended that ride feeling incredibly empowered and inspired. (The original ride was supposed to be 111 miles. I did cut it short. Photos here: http://www.enjoygram.com/tag/111milesbybike.)