Name: Reva F.
Location: New York, New York
Started bike commuting: Spring 2007 when I began working in northern Manhattan and realized that the trip by bike was FAR more pleasant than the subway or bus or shuttle ride that I could take as an alternative. Especially since the subway station near my office features a particularly unpleasant long elevator ride up from the platform (affectionately called the “tuberculator” by many).
Commute distance (one way): Approximately 3 miles
Describe your commute: I get to ride on Riverside Drive, including a stretch near Grant’s Tomb (the least-visited National Park in the entire US) and Riverside Church, as well as the elegant and graceful pre-war architecture that lines much of the drive, along with beautiful old trees and plantings. Am also fortunate that I am usually commuting against the traffic; when I head north most cars are heading south in the morning, and vice versa at the end of the day.
Describe your bike and accessories: I use my trusty 4-year-old, 3-speed, cream-colored Brompton. Am an utter and complete convert and zealot about Bromptons….mine is tricked out with a sweet little Bromley leather seat, comfy handgrips that we ordered from Germany, and a front-loading bag so I don’t have to carry anything on my back. I also have a back and front light for safety. We calculate that my Brommie has over 5,000 miles on it by now, between commuting, errands and pleasure trips taken over the last four years.
What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: BIKE SAFELY!!!! Always have a healthy respect for cars, trucks, pedestrians, etc. In NYC, its’ especially important to be mindful of police who are extra vigilant these days and very eager to ticket cyclists. I always make sure to keep 3 feet or so distance between myself and parked cars to avoid getting slammed by an opening car door.