BIKE NOPA & Bikes And The City have spun out a new collaborative bike series, Women Who Bike. Each Monday and Wednesday we will feature San Francisco women and their bicycles. Check both our blogs for the experiences, stories, and ideas that women who bike the city want to share with you.+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +
Let us know your thoughts and leave comments for the featured riders.
Women Who Bike: Lisa Marie
How would you characterize your bicycling style? assertive, carefree, cautious, competitive, law abiding, slow and steady
L.Aggressive, but with a smile on my face. I don't need to be the fastest, I just need cars to see me.
Something basic: how often do you bike and what for?
L.I bike for fun, for transportation, and for exercise. I bike anytime I need to go anywhere further than 4 blocks away from my home. Which is maybe 4 or 5 days a week.
What could be done in SF to encourage more women, including teens and younger, to bike?
L.I think the new separated bike lanes on Market are a step in the right direction -- we need more of those! Also repaving streets would be nice, especially that craptacular road - Division. Having more of us everyday bicyclists out on the road in our non-spandex clothing makes other people realize they can do it too. Once you realize how fun and easy it is - you'll be hooked!
How many of your best dates/friendships started with biking?
L.Lately, ALL of my new friendships have started with biking! And I love it. It's so nice having bikey friends because there's never any question of how we're going to get somewhere. Biking is a given.
My husband and I often go on day-long meandering rides together to explore new neighborhoods. We call them day-long-dates.
I surprise people when I bike by (or with) -
L.with my panniers loaded full of groceries.
Other little things:
My favorite meal after a long ride (or in between) is:
L.burrito and a beer! cures all that ails you.
The best way to hydrate in between rides is: (coffee, beer, tea etc.)
L.water from the tap! sf water is yummy.
A personal item I must have or bring while riding my bike
L.My B. Spoke Tailor arm warmers, because you never know which way the weather will go here.
I first met Lisa via the interwebs when we noticed our photos coincided with multiple local events. Then I noticed she was featured in the NYT [here] and was so excited to see a local bikey woman being recognized alongside her awesome bag company, Hambone designs. I am happy to be her friend and share most of our talks while pedaling through our beautiful city.+ + + + + + + + + +
♥ Gracias Lisa!! ♥
Don't forget to check out BIKE NOPA for more Women Who Bike profiles.
Women who bike: Take the Writing Women Back into Bicycling survey online by May 15th. More than 7300 women already have. Survey conducted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP). See survey here: link
If you or someone you know would like to participate email me at bikesandthecity +at+ gmail
For women in the NOPA area, contact Michael at BIKE NOPA
See previous Bikes & The City profiles here: Women Who Bike Series
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