Name: Juliet Walker
Place of Work: Portsmouth City Hall
Occupation: Transportation Planner
What bike (s) are you riding: I call my bike the “Mom Bike”, because it’s high on comfort and sturdiness and low on speed. It’s a Specialized step-through (another mom-friendly feature), steel frame, wide seat, rear rack, wide wheels, and shocks. So, while I can’t sling it over my shoulder easily, it’s comfortable to ride over the bumpy in-town streets that are my typical routes. When my kids were younger it was great for child seats and bike trailers. Now it works great for attaching bags and carriers so I can run errands or go to meetings, which is what I typically use this bike for.
Favorite bike route: As I typically use my bike as a mode of transport around town to and from errands and meetings, I can’t say I have a favorite route. Where I feel most comfortable on my bike are the slow streets through neighborhoods or a separated bike path.
Most prized bike accessory: My handy bike bag that clips on easily to my rear rack and clips off easily to become my handbag.
Helpful hint for other women bicyclists: People who bike are as diverse as the people who navigate around by other modes. Look at your bike as just another mode of travel. If you bike for fitness, that’s fine, but your bike can also be just simply a way to get from here to there. You don’t need the fancy gear, you don’t need to be in top shape, and you don’t need to make yourself sweaty getting to and fro. Get comfortable, take your time, and enjoy the ride.
Why you bicycle: Because I can and because it’s a guilt-free mode of travel.
Written by: Juliet Walker
Post are from a collection of local women passionate about cycling.