Name: Jonathan McMillan, BFFW Board Member Age: 35 Hometown: Truro, NS, Canada Lived in Fort Worth: 13 years Occupation: IT
Tell us about one of the bikes you own and what kind of cycling you usually do.
I own an All City Space Horse. It’s a road bike with a comfortable geometry and largish tires for a smooth ride. Most of the riding I do is in the city for fun with friends and family. My wife and I like riding to neighborhood restaurants and pubs when we go out. Living in a tight-knit community means that we often see friends riding or walking too, and it’s easy to stop and say hi. Plus, rock-star parking everywhere!
I’m also an occasional bike commuter (I should ride more) and I do a couple road rallies each year.
What’s one of your favorite areas to cycle in Fort Worth?
Besides riding in my own neighborhood my all-time favourite spot is the section of the Trinity Trail from Bellaire to Pecan Valley Golf Course. You have to keep your head-up to watch for pedestrians, but it’s a nice, twisty, smooth ride through trees and bushes next to a natural section of river. That and the section of trail through Gateway Park are the closest thing I do to mountain biking (I prefer to hike trails).
How do you feel you can contribute most to BFFW?
I feel my largest contribution to bicycling in Fort Worth is riding visibly, predictably and safely in traffic wherever and whenever I need to get somewhere by bicycle. Modeling good cycling is important for other bicyclists, to encourage them to ride their bike wherever they want to, and it’s important for motorists, to demonstrate that we can share the road without fear of each other and that I will not surprise them or endanger myself in front of them. I try to do that every time I ride.
To BFFW I hope to contribute whatever it is I have to offer.
Where would you like to see BFFW in ten years?
I would like a ten year reunion of BFFW to include a surprisingly mixed group of people who have a lot of great stories about how BFFW helped them. Cheerful tales of an improved lifestyle, heartfelt thanks for teaching critical safety skills, impressive statistics related to growth in infrastructure and ridership, hilarious recountings of bicycle bloopers (we all have them), and a plaque from the City of Fort Worth for ten years of unsurpassed civic duty.
Do you have family or friends that cycle?
Lots! My wife and I actually met via a bicycling group. I have a huge group of friends that ride that I know from social rides. On their own they are everything from endurance mountain bike racers to daily bicycle commuters (including dropping children off at school!) to road racers to randonneurs to strictly social riders. Really every type of cycling except dirt jumping or trials, though after this posts I bet I’m going to get a message from someone that does those too.
What’s one thing you would you like to share with your fellow cyclists?
A beer. I’m available, give me a shout.
What’s one thing you would like to share with your fellow motorists?
The same. We’re alright, you’re alright, let’s get along.
Tell us a funny/awkward/mistake story about yourself and cycling.
I once managed to go over the handlebars while going about two miles an hour in a coffee shop parking lot. I’d just started rolling, got close to a curb I didn’t want to drop off sideways, and let my eyes lock on where I didn’t want to go. Naturally, I went towards it, braked and kind of rolled over the bars in slow motion. Rolled over with the bike. It was the strangest sensation. Of course about a dozen people saw it happen through the window, which was embarrassing. No damage done other than a broken travel mug, but it reinforced a lesson I learned when I tried mountain biking: Don’t look at what you’re avoiding, look where you want to go. You always follow your eyes. If you stare at a curb you’ll damn near kiss the thing.
Tell us about a proud moment or achievement in cycling for yourself.
Every time I left a rest stop all alone on a 100+ degree day in the wind and hills and rode just “one more” section.