April 16, 2020

Meet the Staff: Justin

Meet the staff of Healthy Ride! We’d like to show you the faces of the team that keeps Pittsburgh’s bike share rolling.

1. What is your role at Healthy Ride? When did you start working with Healthy Ride?

My role with Healthy Ride is shop manager. I started with Healthy Ride way back in 2015 during the summer of our first year of operations as an independent contractor, and was brought on full time as lead mechanic that October.

2. When did you learn how to ride a bike? Who taught you?

I learned to ride my first bike when I was about 5-6 years old by my parents. As my dad tells the story, the first time I was able to stay balanced,and ride without help, I called back over my shoulder: “I’m going to McDonalds.” I’ve enjoyed that freedom ever since.

3. What kind of riding do you like to do?

For commuting and recreational riding. I particularly enjoy riding in cities. It gives you a certain perspective, and familiarity, to a city that a car just can’t replicate. I started riding the most frequently while I lived in Chicago, and was one of the most important ways in which I discovered so much about the city I lived in. It also awakened in me the revelation of how important alternate transportation is the urban environments, and low income communities.

4. What’s your favorite trip to make by Healthy Ride?

These days my most frequent Healthy Ride trip is either to or from the shop. It’s just too convenient to pass up! I also really enjoy riding downtown to a baseball game, or a show, with friends, and not have to worry if someone doesn’t have a bike. There is always a healthy ride, and it’s a pretty enjoyable trip.

5. What does a typical day at Healthy Ride look like for you?

While it can change from day to day, my average day involves making sure we have the parts and tools we need for repairs, helping staff where needed, and diagnostics and repairs on our fleet of bikes or their on board computers. Although, one of the reasons I love my job is that there is always a new problem to solve, and something new to tackle.

6. Most memorable / fun / interesting thing you did or saw while on a Healthy Ride?

Wow, it’s hard to pick just one. I think the first thing that comes to mind are the off site mechanic events, like bike to work day, and being a part of Open Streets. It’s always a pleasure seeing so many people out enjoying the weather, and taking advantage of the lack of traffic to ride.

In response to COVID-19

How are you staying active during your self-quarantine?

I have been doing my best to make it a point to get outside for a long walk, or leisurely bike ride, around the neighborhood at least  a few times a week. I also try to just get up and jog up and down the stairs a few times a day while working from home.


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