Location: Minneapolis MN USA
Started bike commuting: I’ve never had a car.
Commute distance (one way): One mile to work, 3 miles to class, 2.5 miles to the coop
Describe your commute: When my workplace moved, I moved to be closer to it. I live and work in downtown Minneapolis. I live in a high rise with a locked bike room in the basement. A bike lane stakes me straight to work, or if I want scenery I can go a few blocks out of my way and ride along the Mississippi River.
Describe your bike and accessories: Surly Instigator with a single chain ring and 9 speeds, which I love despite not being a great commuter, and a a Burley Travoy for errands. Best investment I ever made, as it makes an impractical commuter bike into a great one. I can bring the Travoy up in the elevator and fold it away when not in use.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: I commute at night, so lights are a must. Ride defensively. I’ve been doored on a busy street, so watch parked cars. I see a lot of people ride with headphones. Don’t do that. Bells are great too.
[To add your profile to the collection, please visit our Bicycle Commuter Profiles page. —ed.]