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OUTDOORSY VETERAN POPAW
“There is nothing better than getting out on the road and just riding.”
1. What is your occupation?
Field Service Engineer
2. Use 3 words to describe who you are?
Outdoorsy. Patriotic/Veteran. Popaw(Grandpa)
3. How long have you been riding a bike?
This is a funny question because, like many people, I’ve been riding a bike all of my life. I understand the question, though. I’ve been riding for about 6 years. It started with just going out with friends and doing some mountain biking and trail riding. I was never “daredevil” enough to do any serious mountain biking, so I just stayed with the easier trails. About 4 years ago, I took up road biking.
4. Do you ride for recreation, transportation, or both?
I ride for recreation and exercise. I’ve been adding some things to my bike that make it so that I can carry a little bit. I have a trunk with fold down panniers that I can use for some trips to the store when I have the time. But to be honest, I don’t live close enough to the stores in town to make quick trips on the bike.
5. What do you enjoy most about cycling?
Hands down, the best part of riding is the scenery. I love getting out on the road and just looking around. I see something new every time I ride. Even when it’s a route that I use often.
6. What would you love to see for bicyclists in Hutto?
My first reaction would be to put in bike lanes and more trails. But I don’t think that that should be a financial priority for the city. So, what I would like to see is some signage similar to the “Share the Road” campaign for motorcycles. I would also like to see an awareness initiative for both riders and drivers so that everyone thinks about safety on the roads. I know that many people have a negative view of road bikers and see us all as an inconvenience on the road. I also know that some riders do act in a way that will annoy drivers that are trying to get wherever they need to be. I would love to see everyone obey the laws and be safe doing it. I can’t tell you how many times someone has gotten upset that I’m out there and passes very close and then cuts back in at my front wheel. I understand there is frustration, but please think about the fact that the only thing between your car and me is a pair of bike shorts. While I might wear them well, they will do me no good when we are in a wreck. Please don’t make a Police officer explain to my Wife, Kids, and Grandchildren why I’m not coming home. I’m just very concerned about safety on both sides. Riders and drivers need to do their part.
7. Anything more to add?
For the last 3 years I have ridden in the BP MS 150. This is a charity ride for Multiple Sclerosis research. We ride from Houston to Austin on some very beautiful back roads. I’m currently training for my 4th ride and raising funds. I recently met another rider through a Hutto Facebook page and have become friends even when we are not riding. We have been doing weekly rides in our area. I also have some friends from work that I ride with and several that do the MS 150 with me. I would love to see a group where we could get together for group rides and then some socializing. There is nothing better than getting out on the road and just riding. Sometimes I like to get out with no set route. Just turn when I think I should and see where I end up (I’ve had to turn around a few times). You get to see some great places when you bike guide you. If anyone is interested in doing the MS-150 or donating to the foundation on my behalf, I would love to have you join me.
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The Community of Cyclists Campaign is an effort by Bike Hutto to show the wide variety of people in Hutto that bike. The campaign will promote the fact that there is no one “type” of person who rides a bicycle. They are our friends, our neighbors, our students, and our colleagues. It is always best to put a face to the name, whether you’re talking about bike safety, future bike infrastructure, or social events. Hutto is about community.