Name: Betty Grant
Commuter since: 2005
Home: South Minneapolis
Workplace: Mercado Central and Holy Rosary Church
Bike shop: Penn Cycle at Lyndale and Lake
How many bikes? 2 – one for outdoors and one on the trainer for exercise
The commuter bike: Bianchi Project-1 hybird. It must be 12 years old (or older)
Equipage: I use a back pack and a pack on the back of my bike.
Essentials: Helmet, bike lock, odometer
Luxuries: None – well, right now I’m carrying a small dustpan and broom to sweep up glass on the Greenway.
Clothes (for ride and work): When I’m going to work, I wear my work clothes. When I going to the gym or out for an exercise ride, I wear lycra tights and a tee shirt. Of course, if it’s cold, I wear lots of layers which usually include polar fleece and something to break the wind. I tend to overdress.
Typical route, time & distance: My usual commute route is 2+ miles on the Greenway to Lake and Bloomington. It’s an easy trip. My commute to the gym is 4+ miles on the Greenway, Cedar Lake trail and local streets. I use my bike as my primary means of transportation in the summer and fall and I’m pretty good about it unless I’m running late or have too many places to go that aren’t close together. [See TC Bikemap.]
What got you started? Once I quit working for money, I had more time. Also, I liked the idea of exercising as part of getting to where I wanted to go. Plus, I no longer had paid parking downtown so it made downtown trips a lot less expensive.
How often? Pretty much every day in summer and fall – well, if it’s not raining. I’m a fair weather biker – no rain, no winter.
What makes it work for you? The distances I have to travel aren’t too great so it’s almost as fast as using my car. Additionally, for trips like going downtown, it’s not only faster, it’s a lot cheaper. But mostly, I’d say it’s being outdoors and riding my bike that keeps me going.
The Best: Biking along, with the wind in my hair (particularly if I’ve forgotten my helmet) early in the morning or late in the day.
The Worst: Doing stupid things in traffic – like crossing against a light and it turns out someone is coming.
The Weirdest: Getting a bungee cord caught in my spokes – that brings you up short.
The Funniest: Biking in a skirt that was too tight and too short. I had great difficultly getting on or off my bike gracefully.
Favorite stop/sight: Vera’s garden – well, it’s not what it used to be. The little garden just west of 4th Ave. on the Greenway is very pleasant.
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