Commuter of the Month:
By Cindy Arlinsky
Occupation: Options Trader, American Stock Exchange, Lower Manhattan.
Home: West Village Manhattan.
Number of years bike commuting: 25
Why: Its always been better than any other way to go to work... - or go
anywhere, for that matter.
Getting started: I biked in college. When I moved back to the city my
wife said, "Why not continue? We could probably do it here?"
Current commutes: 2.5 miles (12 min.): West Street to Liberty Street.
Bike: Three year old Trek road bike.
Clothing: Work attire (Shirt and tie, khakis, sneakers.)
Helmet: Never. It would be uncomfortable, though I don't really know.
I'm not convinced they increase cyclists' safety.
Lock: Cheap Lock.
Theft: 5 or 6, including one I was ready to junk.
Parking: Bike room in the famous (now defunct) Harry's restaurant, at
the back of my office building. At first I used an outdoor rack near guards,
but theft was a problem. Then an indoor stairwell, but the fire department
hassled us. So the company put a rack in front, near the guards, with TV
cameras, but theft still occurred. This space opened up when Harry's closed
and it's great.
Advice for winning indoor parking: It's a sales job like any other. Be
Number of co-workers you've convinced to bike commute: I haven't been
as successful as you'd expect. Everybody's afraid of traffic, but
embarrassment is probably a factor, too.
Number of co-workers using bike room: 10 regulars out of a potential
Seasons: All year long.
Weather: Snow's OK. I won't bike in heavy rain in the morning but will
How to improve your commute: Cops should stop ticketing cyclists. It's
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