1. What made you want to join Bike Friendly Fort Worth?
I joined BFFW because I enjoy cycling to work, to the store and with my children. I wanted to be a part of making Fort Worth a safer place to ride.
2. When and why did you start cycling?
I started riding when I was about 8 years old mainly for something to do…. This riding turned more into cycling when I went to college in the great town of Denton, simply as a mode of transportation.
3. How have your riding habits changed since then?
I would have to say that safety is now more of a concern to me. I’m aware that I need a helmet, lights and that I am required to obey traffic laws.
4. What’s your favorite cycling memory?
One of my favorite cycling memories is 10-year-old me, riding down the hill on my street with no lights, no helmet, no hands and no worries!!
5. What area of Fort Worth do you feel needs the most attention with bike infrastructure?
I live on the West side of Fort Worth, so naturally I think the West side needs more bike infrastructure. But anywhere that bike lanes, bike racks or bike routes are added is great!
6. What does a bike-friendly Fort Worth actually look like?
I think a bike-friendly Fort Worth would be a place where anyone who wants to ride a bike could do so with safe routes to grocery stores, schools and local businesses. It would also be a place where cyclists obey traffic laws and motorists are aware that they are sharing the road.
7. What’s the best advice you can give to someone that doesn’t bike but would like to start?
a) Get a bike. It doesn’t need to be an expensive bike. The bike I was riding to work two years ago was a $25 bike from the local Goodwill store.
b) Put some air in your tires.
c) Ride through your neighborhood and smile at your neighbors!