Ruben Rios

Ruben pictured on the right

1. What made you want to join BFFW?

The need for a suitable cycling infrastructure to be laid out in Fort Worth and [because of] the absence of education regarding cycling on roads and thoroughfares. Growing up in my neighborhood, one quickly becomes aware that there is an absence of a dissemination of information regarding how to properly share the road with cyclists. I think that riding in Fort Worth should be reasonably safe for people of all ages.

2. When and why did you start cycling?

One could say that we began “cycling” in elementary school through the mean streets of North Side, when we once thought that venturing as far as the zoo through the Trinity Trails was a long ways away. But I didn’t seriously begin cycling until I was in college. First, it began as a yearning to live an old memory; I was full of nostalgia and enjoyed the fun. I then began to enjoy it for long treks and fully began realizing the benefits of cycling and what it could bestow on society.

3. How have your riding habits changed since then?

My riding habits have changed immensely. Some say that the older you get, the wiser you get. Learning to respect the laws equals safety and learning to mitigate harm to yourself and others by knowing the proper way to share the roads or by using the proper equipment, etc. is a must. This applies to both cyclists and motorists.

4. What’s your favorite cycling memory?

Probably the first time that I actually set out to ride in a downtown urban sprawl area. I had become accustomed to riding trails and paths that hid from urban centers filled with city dwellers. But I distinctly remember actually falling in love with the city because I could hear all the sounds, smell all of its scents, and I took the time to admire all of the beautiful facades of each building in this area. None of this was entirely possible through riding in an enclosed mode of transportation. It became almost like an addiction, I had to keep nurturing my curiosity by doing more on my bicycle.

5. What area of Fort Worth do you feel needs the most attention with bike infrastructure?

There are a lot of roads in north and south Fort Worth that could use some work in the form of repaving and leveling the streets. Proper lighting and bicycle lanes in these areas are much needed. I would love to see more businesses become engaged by providing bicycle racks to secure one’s bicycle.

6. What does a bike-friendly Fort Worth actually look like?

A true bike-friendly Fort Worth would have all of its citizens well-informed on the laws regarding sharing roads with fellow cyclists. It would have the necessary bike infrastructure that would allow citizens to get from one end of the city to the other on a bicycle without having to go around obstacles to cross. It would mean that our next generation is fairly informed on the proper use of a bicycle. Also, it would mean that our Fort Worth elected officials and city government would have cyclists and bike infrastructure as a priority on their list of things.

7. What’s the best advice you can give to someone that doesn’t bike but would like to start?

Don’t be afraid to get back on the saddle! Biking is fun and it’s great to start off again with a couple of friends who share your enthusiasm. I’ve had a lot of friends start off on a Bike Share B-cycle. It seems to be a good way to get to know a bike and to cruise through your city’s streets.

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