A Lifelong Bicyclist

Dr. Maren Pedersen is a lifelong bicyclist who has been commuting since she was 12 years old. I found her her story uplifting and inspirational.

[Many thanks to Daniel for the heads up. —Alan]

12 Responses to “A Lifelong Bicyclist”

  • akhsinak - new england says:


    we need more role models for children phase and long term phase. if we all had regular mental images of life long commuters, it would be easier to picture ourselves in those roles

    i often feel like people look at me and say, this is a nice phase, but you’ll have to drop it eventually. what happens when you have kids? how long can you keep this up?

  • Keith says:

    Wow. What a beautiful and inspirational story. Thank you for this.

  • Patrick says:

    Nice video and even nicer lady, but it still surprises me that serious cyclists are taken as some sort of “crazy prople” in the US…

    Here in the Netherlands it’s totally normal to let your kids cycle to school (in the snow, in the rain, without helmet or a reflective vest) and if you fall and break something, than you recover and go ride again, for many of us the bike is the only means of transport.

    Really another world on the same planet.

  • Émile says:

    Thanks :)

  • Stephen D. says:

    Brings to mind my fear of getting hurt or having some other health problem that might prevent me from riding. At age 55, I still feel like a kid, especially when riding, but know that health is more fragile and healing takes longer at this age.

    In the back of my mind I think that if I keep riding, I’ll stay healthier longer and should recover quicker than non-riders.

    My goal is to be one of those grizzled octogenarians out for a multi-thousand mile trip on two wheels.

  • Grateful says:

    Thanks, Alan. Great video, great message.

    I love what she said at the end: “I wasn’t gonna let fear hold me back. I wasn’t gonna let FEAR make me feel old.” That’s me. I’m careful, cautious, and aware but I refuse to allow “fear” to limit me from LIVING. No guts, no inner peace & calm. I can only imagine how miserable life must be for folks who live in ANY kind of fear. It seems that we live in a “fear” culture these days – thanks to main-stream media. Seems like they are determined to make a bunch of whiney-a## crybabies out of all us.

    Ride hard, love strong, & grin large. :- ) A life WORTH living. :- )


  • Micheal Blue says:

    It seems trikes have a big advantage in a case like this. If you hit a big pothole or a crack in the pavement…no big deal. I wish they were cheaper, though.

  • Adam says:

    This was a good pick me up. I have been pretty grumpy the last 12 hours after yet another verbal assault from a motorist about why I shouldn’t be out on my bike in the snow…

    here’s to the fellowship of bike commuters.

  • John says:

    Very nice Story,I am glad she did not give in to fear but got out on her Bicycle again.

    I hope she took out an action against her City Council for bad maintenance of the Cycle Infrastructure. It is the only way to get them to do something. Cycling Infrastructure is mostly just an afterthought in most Countries save the Netherlands where they look after their Cyclists.

    Best of luck to her long may she be a Knight of the Road on her Bicycles.

  • kfg says:

    I’ve been riding “forever” and intercity utility riding since I was 12 (up to 25 miles each way). I hope, however, that I’ve got all my found in the road unconscious episodes out of the way many years ago.

    Knock on Rivendelll.

  • Daniel M says:

    What really struck me about this was the degree to which people in this country have to overcome irrational fear to ride a bike regularly. And it’s not just fear of accidents, it’s also the old what-will-the-neighbors-think type of fear.

    So wonderful that she continued riding after the accident. So many people are injured in car accidents each year; how many of them would consider never driving again?

    I don’t mean to fault Dr. Pedersen or place blame in any way, but I thing there might be a good argument for choosing the widest possible tires here. I’m not saying she wouldn’t have had an accident if she had done so, just that the chance of such a thing happening to any one of us decreases as our tires get wider. And wide tires don’t really slow you down all that much.

  • Liz W says:

    Inspiring. I had an accident 6 weeks ago and will be in a boot for 2 more weeks. I can’t wait to ride again but I’ll be sure not to repeat past mistakes. Though I’ve had bicycle safety training, I’ve had a few close calls and one incident that should have caused a pinch flat in a sticky situation. Cycling in an unknown area during a trip, I suddenly came upon a road-wide obstacle I couldn’t avoid and my ’79 Schwinn Letour dropped 3-4 inches then rolled over a treacherous drainage grate with a car suddenly on my left, preventing much diagonal maneuvering. I just held tight, tried not to let the grate catch my tire and pedaled hard to climb out the other side. Old Schwinns are tough bikes but we were lucky that day. At 63 I live to ride and ride to live. The love of cycling can overcome fear.

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