15 seconds of fame…the EcoGrrl interview

photographed for the Bike Commute Challenge – who ever told anyone it was OK to shoot UP at a woman?  christ the chin is ridiculous!  of course it looks like i’m riding a bmx too…
Team: Portland
Round trip: Nine miles
Q: Why do you cycle to work?
A: Peer pressure originally. Now because it’s faster than the bus, plus you get some peace and quiet every morning and evening to decompress on the way to and from work – which is my favorite.
Q: Are there any cycling misconceptions?
A: You don’t have to be in shape to bike commute. In fact, it’s a great way to get in shape. I lost 20 pounds the first year I was commuting to and from downtown and cancelled my gym membership because of it. You don’t have to be good at it. I had a mom with two kids on her bike pass me going uphill in the beginning. I felt silly but quickly remembered it’s not about anyone else but me.
Q: Do you have any tips for riding?
A: If you don’t have a neon jacket, make sure you are wearing a white t-shirt for the ride home. It gets dark earlier in the fall and winter.
Q: Who do you think is going to win the challenge?
A: Duh, Portland. Not that I don’t love my Vancouver peeps, but the location doesn’t seem as easy to get to by bike as headquarters.

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