Wichita cyclist Brett Hogan likes to ride in races, for long distances, and fast. He got into bicycling in high school, when his swim coach told him he could improve his performance by adding cycling to his fitness regime. He hopped on a bike and didn't look back.
Hoyt Hillman is the President of the GreenWay Alliance of Wichita, a non-profit group that works for a network of parks, trails and greenways in the south-central Kansas area. Hillman has been working to create green spaces for decades.
Sgt. Travis Rakestraw works with the Accident Follow-Up Unit and the Robbery Investigation Section of the Wichita Police Department. When it comes to street accidents, he says his unit sees "the worst of the worst." Sgt. Rakestraw says if both bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers pay more attention to each other, his team will have fewer serious or fatal accidents to investigate each year, and more people can get where they want to go safely.
Ruth Holliday owns the Bicycle Pedaler in Wichita along with her husband, Bob. The two met when they were RNs and bonded over their love of biking--so much so that they biked for their honeymoon in California. Over the years, Ruth and Bob have biked in New Zealand's two islands and Pacific Highway 1.
She and Bob started Bicycle Pedaler to be a welcoming place for bicyclists, a bicycle store owned by two avid bikers. They're still at it, 34 years later.
Hear Ruth talk about why she rides, what kind of gear new bicyclists need, and her favorite places to go.
Wichita resident Rhandalee Hinman rode her bike as a kid, but like many people, gave up the habit once she reached adulthood. A little over a year ago, however, she decided to switch up her fitness routine and joined a local bicycling group. She fell down several times on her first ride, but she kept going. Within that first year, Rhandalee rode 100 miles as part of Bike MS.
She says anyone can get into bike riding. Just go slow and keep trying to get better.
KMUW's Larry Bennett is not only a dedicated bicyclist, but he's dedicated to using recumbent bikes. They're a special type of sitting bike, where you lean back in a chair and pedal your feet out in front. Larry says it's a great option for people who find regular bikes too hard on their bodies, and just as safe.
Listen to Larry explain why riding a recumbent bike makes you a defacto bike ambassador.
25-year-old Christina Calhoun says she became a bike commuter by accident--by car accident, actually. Two years ago, a car accident left her with a broken car she couldn't afford to repair. She biked to work that day, and she's been biking everywhere she needs to go for about two years now.
Christina doesn't miss having a car; in fact, she says living life at bike pace has helped her focus her limited energy and time on the things most important to her.
Wichita resident Amy Delamaide started riding her bike as a kid. She and her dad would take quick trips down the street to Dairy Queen for ice cream at first. Years later, she and her family had worked up to participating in Biking Across Kansas, an annual recreational trek across the state from west to east.
While Amy loves taking longer bike rides and using the bike trails around Wichita, she also makes time to take short trips to work or to the store. She likes tooling around town on her yellow 1970s Huffy bike.
Derby resident and KMUW Super Volunteer Kathryn Parsons Buck loves bike riding because it's fun. She says it's one of the few kinds of exercise that doesn't feel like exercise, and it's surprising how far you can go. She also loves how a good bike ride can clear her mind and make her feel relaxed and uplifted. You can find Kathryn biking around Wichita with the Radio Flyers and tackling small shopping trips by bike.
Hear her talk about why she loves bicycling below.