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Meli LeadMeli, graphic designer and cyclist.
By MOMENTUM Staff
San Francisco, CA
Occupation: graphic designer
How long have you been using a bike for transportation and why did you choose to bike?
I started riding every day in 2003 when I realized I was too impatient to wait for the bus or walk to BART. I was going to school and working full time so I could not afford to spend time waiting for the bus, looking for parking, or being stuck in traffic.
What do you love about riding in your city?
There is a large bicycle community and drivers are considerably aware in my experience. You can always chat for a second in the bike lane. There are so many different styles and fashionable riders, and most importantly most coffee shops have a bike rack in the vicinity.
What do you hate about riding there?
Traffic lights and four-way stops not being respected. The closest calls I’ve had were actually fellow cyclists running red lights.
What could be done to improve things in your city for cycling?
I’d like to see more riders getting involved, informed, and educated. We need more bike lanes and good secure bicycle parking.
Are you involved in bike culture or advocacy – is there a group or person you think is doing great work?
I’m an active volunteer for the SF Bicycle Coalition. I truly admire their involvement and what they have done for the bicycle community in San Francisco.
What is your favourite piece of gear or clothing for riding? Why?
Skirts, tights, and dresses. When I go to meet a client or to some work event, people always ask if I want them to call me a cab after we are done. I reply, “Well my bike is that one parked there, so thanks, but no thanks.”
What does being a “self-propelled person” mean to you?
The freedom and the power to go anywhere, anytime is priceless.
Anything else you’d like to add?
My bike is my shrink, best friend, conversation starter, mood enhancer, and gym. All in one, every day.