1. What made you want to join Bike Friendly Fort Worth?
I just wanted to get involved and help encourage more people in Fort Worth to ride bikes for fun, fitness, and most of all- transportation.
2. When and why did you start cycling?
I learned to ride a bike when I was seven and just never stopped. It was my ticket to freedom as a kid, because my friends and I would ride all over (within maybe a 1.5 mile radius). Then in my late 20s, I started bike commuting, which gave me a new perspective on riding. But ultimately, two wheels just feels right to me.
3. How have your riding habits changed since then?
As a responsible adult, I try to be more of a “good citizen” when riding my bike. As cycling gets more accepted and mainstream, there is less reason to ride aggressively.
4. What’s your favorite cycling memory?
I think of being a kid, building ramps and dirt jumps with my friends outside our apartment complex. But I also have fond memories of various social group rides, like the time a group rode from 1919 Hemphill through the east side, over to the Metrognome Collective for a bike-culture-themed film screening.
5. What area of Fort Worth do you feel needs the most attention with bike infrastructure?
The poorer neighborhoods to the east and to the south, where people ride bicycles more out of necessity to get around.
6. What does a bike-friendly Fort Worth actually look like?
More connected infrastructure being used by people of all ages and social strata, without much thought of being part of “cycling culture.”
7. What’s the best advice you can give to someone that doesn’t bike but would like to start?
Don’t wait for the perfect circumstances, just get out and ride! The best bike to use is the one you already own. You’ll figure things out along the way. We all did. It’s easier than ever to ride a bike in Fort Worth.