I Bike Richardson – Rebecca Ballard
It’s time for another installment of the I Bike Richardson series, where we put a face on Richardson cyclists. We’d like to introduce Rebecca Ballard. She took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:
How long have you been riding?
I’ve been bike commuting for 20 years. I’ve also done triathlons, mountain biking and road riding for fun as well.
How often do you ride?
Not as much as I should. In warm weather I try to ride my bike to work at least a few days a week. I’ll ride to the store or to get a hair cut sometimes, but I’m more likely to walk than ride.
What’s your favorite route?
Why do you cycle?
All of the above. I like to bike to work here because I think it’s important to model earth friendly behavior. People who will listen know that my husband and I live close to our work by design. We bought in our neighborhood because it would be possible for my husband to bike to work from here.
What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Biking is a source of joy. Unless somebody in a car puts my life in danger through careless or outright rude behavior I always arrive at work feeling good when I bike.
Tell us about your bikes.
I have a Giant TCR One road bike. I like to ride it but my handling skills are not what they should be. I love my commuter. It’s a Gary Fischer mountain bike that I can ride with no hands.
I commuted in Boston and San Francisco on a Schwinn Le Tour II that I called my sweet bike. It handled terribly and eventually I replaced it with a Trek 820 for commuting. I still miss that Schwinn.
We want to thank Rebecca, for sharing her perspective on Richardson cyling.
We’d also like to extend an invitation to any cyclist who lives and/or rides in Richardson to share their story as well. You can either answer the questions (above) or send in a story – along with some pics to bikefriendlyrichardson(at)gmail.com.