Name: Dolan Halbrook
Location: Portland, OR
Started bike commuting: About 4 years ago when we moved to Portland
Commute distance (one way): 4 1/2 miles
Describe your commute: I’m lucky to live next to one of Portland’s “bike boulevards” (Lincoln) so it’s smooth sailing through residential streets until I get close to the river. At that point I ride over the Hawthorne bridge, parallel the waterfront going north, then turn onto a shared street for a few blocks until I’m at the office. My favorite part is circling the rose gardens through Ladd’s Addition on a (rare) sunny day.
Describe your bike and accessories: It’s pretty much the same as shown here, with a few minor changes over time. In other words, it’s a Rawland with a Rohloff.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Make lots of eye contact with drivers, and expect them not to see you. Also, headlights are amazingly good at avoiding people turning left in front of you at the last moment. On a happier, less paranoid note, it’s a wonderful moment when passing by all the cars stuck on traffic, realizing you’re free to enjoy a beautiful day.
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