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Preston Jordan

Feb 4, 2014 at 1:09pm

Preston Jordan, a Bay Area resident for 30 years, rides the six miles (and 1,000 feet up) from his home in Albany to his job at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley on his bicycle. Read more....

Prestion Jordan says that the new Marin Avenue bike lanes have improved the safety and speed of his commute. Jordan bikes, walks, drives and takes BART around Alameda County, and his most common multimodal trips are biking to BART. Jordan is a member of Alameda CTC’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Jordan shares a recent favorite travel experience:

About a month ago, my 12-year-old daughter went on her first date — to a movie in Emeryville. She asked her boyfriend to cycle there, and he agreed. We made our way to the Albany waterfront, then along the Bay Trail and through Emeryville to the theater. Having requested and received a road bike for Christmas, my daughter has really become surprisingly fast. She raced ahead and then doubled back, encouraging her boyfriend who was on a mountain bike to speed up.

After the movie, we hung out at the bookstore then we headed home. At the entrance to Aquatic Park, she traded bikes with her boyfriend. She rode every dirt path over the various little hills she could find. They switched bikes again, and we rode home on surface streets through Berkeley. Her boyfriend had a tendency to ride too far out into the street, unaware that motorists were approaching from behind. Having taken the Alameda CTC family riding skills course, my daughter tried hard to get him to ride in the correct road position. We had a great ride!

Her boyfriend should sign up for an Alameda CTC bicycle safety class (maybe Urban Cycling 101 or a Family Class). Classes are available here: https://www.ebbc.org/safety

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