Name: Jean Marie
Location: College Station TX USA
Started bike commuting: I’ve commuted by bike on and off since Jr. High School (many years ago!)
Commute distance (one way): 4 miles
Describe your commute: I’m mostly on residential and connector roads between my house and Texas A&M University’s campus. There are a lot of bike lanes on the non-residential streets on my route. The one thing that is a little hairy is going past the high school in the morning when there are lots of students driving and distracted parents driving! Pay *close* attention when you have to do that!
Describe your bike and accessories: Solo, I ride an REI Novara Safari with fenders, rear rack, a rack trunk, and a pannier that clips to it. My significant other and I ride my Santana Arriva tandem (purchased off of eBay) to campus together whenever we can. This has a rear rack and rack trunk. I take my pannier, my SO likes to bring his backpack, which usually get to carry. I’ll convert him to a pannier eventually! Commuting on a tandem is really awesome. We enjoy it and each other, and the community response is enthusiastic. We get comments on that bike from automobile drivers and pedestrians all the time. One yelled out to my guy, “You must get all the chicks on that bike!” I smiled and waved, and laughed. It’s my bike, and I did get quite a guy with it!
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Bike commuting is the best way to get to work. No paying for a parking pass at Texas A&M. No need to schedule “extra” exercise. Commuting with my significant other on a bike is just the best; it is very bonding, and good quality time together at the beginning and the end of the day.