November 14, 2016

Shift How You Get There: Josh R.

Josh R. has lived in Bloomfield since he moved to Pittsburgh 4 years ago, and he relies on a combination of biking, busing, and walking to navigate the city. (Reader note: Josh is admittedly not the best driver.) So when Healthy Ride opened its docks, it’s no surprise that Josh had to give it a try. After all, he is the master of multi-modal transport, and he spent last weekend repainting the Bloomfield community sign. But with a bike of his own, and an office only a 15 minute walk from his house, does Josh really need a monthly membership?

One year and 5 months after his first ride, Josh is still a member, and uses Healthy Ride at least 3-4 time per week. That’s almost as often as he uses his own bike.

If it rains, I can just take a bus home. I don’t have to abandon my bike if I finish dinner too late. [Healthy Ride] really simplifies my life.”

So where does he take all of these trips? Josh took us on one of his ‘usual routes,’ stopping at his house, his office, and the Oakland library. And of course, we had to stop for samosas on Craig Street. “There are stations everywhere!  I ride downtown for meetings, to grab tacos in Lawrenceville. And of course, I use the three Bloomfield stations almost every day.” Most of Josh’s trips are 20 minutes or less, and he often uses the cable lock while he grabs something from a local shop. He heavily patronizes Bloomfield’s small grocery stores and butchers, and he has perfected the science of roasting chickens. There are strings, salts, and timers involved.

Working at a small non-profit, Josh’s schedule shifts often, and he prioritizes flexibility and practicality above all else.  “If it rains, I can just take a bus home. I don’t have to abandon my bike if I finish dinner too late. [Healthy Ride] really simplifies my life.”  As we head back towards his house, the sun is setting over West Penn hospital. He might just need another Samosa.

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