Do you work in radio? Do you ride a bike?
I only ask because I’ve got a little theory brewing: if you work in radio you’re more inclined to be a cyclist. This is because out of the five people ‘interviewed’ for Cycling 10 (so far) three of them, including Warren T, work for radio stations… it can’t be coincidence, can it?
Anyway, now it’s Warren T’s turn to answer London Cycling Diary’s probing questions about… what else? … commuting by bicycle.
How long have you been commuting by bicycle, and what made you decide to do it?
Two years ago I was sitting at a stop light in my mini-van when I was rear ended by a commercial truck at around 35mph. The 19-year-old driver wasn’t paying attention. The van was totalled and while I was waiting for the settlement cheque, I started riding full time.
I much prefer an enjoyable ride through the woods to sitting in traffic. I have yet to buy a vehicle to replace the van.
Can you give a brief description of your route? (ie. distance, terrain, traffic conditions etc)
The easy one is 0.7 miles (1km) of residential streets and 3 miles (5km) of bike path — through the woods next to a stream. There are some hills but nothing major on this route since the path is in the flood plain around the stream, so it’s fairly level. Most days, on the way in, I’ll stay on the path for an extra 2 miles (3.2km) and circle back to make the trip a bit longer.
The second route is half bike path and half traffic. I end up crossing the busiest street in Overland Park, KS and the route is much hillier than the first route. That route is around 6 miles (10km). Pictures of that route, taken in October, are available here.
What’s the best thing about commuting by bicycle?
And the worst?
In the event of an emergency, I’m a bit more limited in how I can respond.
What sort of bike do you ride?
What’s your favourite piece of cycling kit/clothing/gadget?
Helmet or no helmet?
Cycle lane or no cycle lane?
Are you a member of any cycling organisations/clubs? If so, which ones?
What would you say to convince someone who is considering commuting by bicycle to get on board their bike?
Warren T, 47, has lived in the Kansas City area all his life. He is married with five children and two dogs, and works in radio. His blog is at http://warren-t.blogspot.com. He also posts at http://commutebybike.com