First Fridays, First Memories: Lynne
July 05, 2013
Office administrator & bookkeeper Lynne taking a break from riding at the Colorado National Monument.
As a way to introduce you to the people behind PeopleForBikes, we do a short interview on the first Friday of every month. The theme? Bicycling firsts. Last month we interviewed our marketing coordinator, Sarah Murer. This month, we turn our four questions to office administrator & bookkeeper, Lynne Ida.
What is your first memory of bicycling?
One of my first memories of bicycling is when I was three years old and one of our neighbors built special blocks for my tricycle so that I could reach the pedals. After we moved to the suburbs of Littleton, I didn’t really ride a bicycle much. I remember our parents driving us around a lot. When I moved downtown later in life, I started commuting by bicycle to school to the Auraria campus on the Speer bike path.
Lynne pedaling around on her very first tricycle.
When did you first fall in love with bicycles?
I don’t recall exactly when I first fell in love with bicycles. A few of my very good friends raced bicycles, so I started going to the local bike races. One year I even followed the Coors Classic with a media photographer. After years of working in the film industry and owning a restaurant, I met a cyclist and began to ride again. I’ve since ridden on some of the most beautiful roads in many amazing places. Places that I probably would not have seen or appreciated in a car. I fell in love with riding after a trip to Italy, roaming the Emilia-Romagna area of northern Italy.
In 1986, Lynne followed the Coors Classic with her friend throughout Colorado.
When did you first know bicycling would be part of your career?
I didn’t know bicycling would be part of my career. I knew that I was ready for a career change, and wanted to do something more meaningful in my life where I could support people who made a difference in other people's lives. I had lived in Boulder previously during different times in my life and was ready to move back from Denver. When I began working at Bikes Belong, I commuted for a while by car, but now happily ride my bike to work everyday unless it’s below 30. Brrrr…I’m still working on that.
Lynne has ridden her bike in many parts of the country. Here she is in Venice Beach, CA exploring the city by bike.
What is your favorite thing about bicycling?
My favorite thing about bicycling is that it’s such a great means of transportation. It felt awkward at first riding around the city, only because I had never done it much before. Now, I don’t think twice about it. Boulder is a very friendly place to ride and has such great bike paths. I love riding through town every morning, watching people outside having coffee. It’s such a great opportunity to observe and appreciate life a little bit more, and it feels great to get some fresh air and exercise in the morning.
After many years, Lynne has finally returned to living (and riding) in Boulder.