Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Women Who Bike: Kim

BIKE NOPA & Bikes and The City have spun out a collaborative bike series, Women Who Bike. Each Monday and Wednesday, we 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!
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Women Who Bike: Kim

How would you characterize your bicycling style?
K. assertively cautious...but it all depends on circumstances and my mood...sometimes i'm joyriding, some days i'm riding like the wind to get things done...

Something basic: how often do you bike and what for?
K. every day, multiple times a day...for fun, for errands...for pretty much any reason i need to leave my house and get from point a to point b...

What could be done in SF to encourage more women, including teens and younger, to bike?
K. finding a way to show them that it's not as intimidating as it may seem to ride a bike on city streets...

Halloween y día de los muertos: kim - queen bee - before halloween critical mass 2009
Photo provided by LisaRuth

How many of your best dates/friendships started with biking?
K. i have a friend that i met on the haight street bus commuting to work but never saw anywhere else...years later, we ran into each other on our bikes and when neither of us were working downtown anymore and ended up at zeitgeist catching up...now we go out for joyrides...best one yet has been from the lower haight out to lake merced and back...

I surprise people when I bike by (or with) -
K. - my cowboy boots...

Other little things:
- My favorite meal after a long ride (or in between) is:

K. hmmm....i followed up a ride out to fairfax with some gelato from ciao bella..that was pretty sweet...

- The best way to hydrate in between rides is:
K. latte in the back garden at mojo

- A personal item I must have or bring while riding my bike
K. um, bike lock doesn't really count as a personal item does it...i'll say a cute outfit..but that's more of a personal statement than a personal item...so i'll go with my smile :)

My message to women who want to try biking:
K. you'll be so happy you did..free exercise, fresh air, it's quickest way to get around town...and so many cute boys (or whoever floats your boat) in the bike lane!

Kim
Riding next to Kim, and the Fairfax Foray on our way to Marin. So clear – What a bridge view!

Kim rides all over the city and you can spot her radiant smiles miles away. I got to ride with her in the recent Fairfax Foray ride and she did a great job as a sweeper keeping everyone together at the back of the bus, including her bike getting a flat towards the end, she was a great sport.
Ride on my pretty!!
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Gracias Kim!!

Don't forget to check out BIKE NOPA for more Women Who Bike profiles.
**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

5 comments:

  1. love her smile! great advocacy to get more women cycling (well more people in general actually)... if you smile while riding I've noticed you get much nicer attitude from drivers!! AND people look at you and smile back! isn't that great?! xoxo

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  2. This post is really inspiring!

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  3. Cool profile with beautiful pictures! Now I totally want some bike-riding cowboy boots.

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  4. I am now encouraged to wear cuter outfits when biking. Kim has raised the cross bar !

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