After an incredible year of introducing Healthy Ride to the city of Pittsburgh, we decided to reach out to some of our riders to hear more about their experience, what they’re using the system for, their favorite things about Healthy Ride, and of course, what we can do to improve.
If I can do it, anyone can. You just have to find something you enjoy. I enjoy using Healthy Ride.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve received some pretty awesome submissions from an individual participating in our Twitter #TakeHealthyRide photo contest. Jeremiah posted some rather impressive photos from rides he’d taken all over the city from Garfield to Troy Hill. A couple of weeks later, Jeremiah delivered a photo that blew us a way: a before and after shot of himself after a year of clean eating and taking Healthy Ride everyday on his lunch break. He announced he’d lost 100 pounds over the course of 2015. Needless to say, we felt we had to meet this gentleman in order to find out more about this journey of his.
Today Jeremiah came into our offices to tell us a little bit about his experience with Healthy Ride and his motivations behind incorporating biking into his healthy living goals. “I hadn’t ridden a bike in 9 years,” he said, but he knew that the bike share program was coming to the city and made a point to start using it once it launched. While Jeremiah lives outside the city, he carpools to work in the Strip District everyday. He has a strict 1-hour lunch break, so he decided to use it to log 15-16 mile rides that took him all over our awesome trails, up some pretty steep hills, and to new neighborhoods. “That’s one of my favorite things: seeing the city you normally don’t get to see.”
What makes Jeremiah’s journey even more impressive is that he achieved all of this while completing his masters degree, working full-time, and welcoming his first child into the world. Be he insists “it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought.” Since joining Healthy Ride, Jeremiah has purchased his own bike to take longer trips from home on the weekend with his daughter in tow. He plans to continue to use Healthy Ride on his lunch breaks, and hopes to participate in some races this year.
–The Pittsburgh Bike Share Team