Bike Friendly Richardson

I Bike Richardson – Jonathan Guzman

Posted in I Bike Richardson by dickdavid on December 27, 2011

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, Jonathan Guzman. He took the time to answer a few questions about biking. Enjoy:

Jonathan Guzman

How long have you been riding?
Since I was a kid, I have always ridden a bike. After high school, I started college, most of my friends drove a car and I put riding a bike on hold for a few years. I became and avid runner instead. I starting getting runner’s knee around 2007, that’s when I picked up my first road bike. I have been hooked since.

How often do you ride?
I ride my bike every week. I have different disciplines of riding that keep me in shape even though I don’t commute by bicycle regularly. My rides consist of long road rides into the countryside or off road adventures by mountain bike. On a given week I average around 50 miles on my bicycle.

What’s your favorite route?
The best riding is around DFW airport and the surrounding cities, because it is real easy to route safe rides in that area. I also enjoy the stretch of roads in Sunnyvale from highway 30 to highway 80. White Rock Lake trail is a great route to get in shape and the trail around the lake itself is beautiful. Here are some links of some of the rides that I have done.

Why do you cycle?
I ride for the fun and the exercise, but I don’t undermine the more profound impact cycling has had on me and other people. Texas has the top 10 most obese cities in the United States. Not surprisingly the bicycle infrastructure system is in it’s infancy. I think people who adopt this lifestyle of being regular cyclists are standing up against the stigmas and stereotypes others might have about people in Texas. If enough people start riding and demanding more respect for their rights as cyclists, Dallas would be more like Berlin or Amsterdam if given a chance.

What is your perspective on riding – in general or in Richardson?
Cycling renews the spirit. It reduces stress levels and improves circulation. It is a great tool for people who have depression issues and bouts with obesity. It is an overall health improver.

Richardson has something other cities as a whole in DFW have yet to adopt. They have a bicycle system of trails and bikeways through residential and business areas, not just through parks. This makes it more useful for commuting my bicycle as well as for recreation. Richardson has not been shy about bicycle lane development and transit oriented development. I think that impacts the cities’ image in a positive way.

Tell us about your bikes.
Too many for one person. I won’t say the number because it’s a little embarrassing. I have classic old bikes and new bikes. Mountain bikes and road bikes. My favorite bike is still the first road bike that got me back into cycling. Even though I have nicer bikes I continue to log thousands of miles on this bike. It’s a 2007 Raleigh Sport road bike.

We want to thank Jonathan, for sharing his 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)