September 6, 2018

#RideWithUsPgh: Meet O.J. Macklin

If you drive down North Braddock Avenue, you’ll probably spot O.J. Macklin outside–biking, running or jump roping in front of his fitness center. O.J. is the co-owner of Club Elevation and exercises for a living. So when we talked to him about biking, he was already one step, or rather two wheels, ahead of us. For the past few years, he has worked to motivate others to join him on his health and fitness journey–a journey he takes by foot and by bike. He hopes to help people build both both muscle and community. The gym recently hosted a free back-to-school hair cutting marathon.

Meet O.J. Macklin, this week’s  neighborhood narrative in our #RideWithUsPgh series!

How long have you lived in Lincoln/Larimer?

I’m a Homewood native and Lincoln/Larimer resident. I’ve lived here my entire life.

What’s your fondest memory about growing up in Homewood?

I remember riding bikes through the various neighborhoods in the east side and renaming hills and streets after Kennywood rides and roller coasters.

How long have you used the bike share program?

I started using the bike share program a few months ago. I also ride my personal bike to and from work everyday.

What are your favorite places to bike in Larimer?

Everywhere! The good thing about Larimer and Homewood is that it’s all flat. It’s an easy ride. I typically bike from Lincoln to Larimer Avenue.

What would you say to your neighbors to encourage them to use the bike share program?

Everyone should get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. With biking, it’s a form of transportation and a form of fitness, so you kill two birds with one stone.

Complete the following sentence. I love Healthy Ride’s bike share program, because…

You can find ways to incorporate health and fitness as well as transportation in neighborhoods that (without Healthy Rides) wouldn’t have this option otherwise. It’s about access.


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