Commuter Bike Designer, Linus Bike, Comments on NJ Cyclists' 25-Mile Daily Commute to Manhattan

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Following reports about a group of cyclists from New Jersey that rides 25 miles almost every day to Manhattan instead of commuting by car, Linus Bike releases a statement.

On March 29, 2013, commuter bike manufacturer Linus Bike releases a statement in support of the group of New Jersey cyclists who choose to use their bikes to get to work instead of commuting by car into the busy city of Manhattan.

According to the NJ.com article, several cyclists meet up almost every day at 6:30 a.m. in New Jersey and get ready to ride the 25 eastward miles into Manhattan. They don’t take the trek for exercise, though; they mainly ride their bikes as a way to commute to work.

The article mentions that Rob Kotch has been cycling into the city for 12 years, and eventually started to convince other people who live near him to join him on his commute. Today, the group, also known as the Ridgewood Commuter Group, has 30 members, though not all of them bike every day. What makes this group stand out even more, according to the article, is how unlikely it seemed that a group like this would form in a Jersey county like Bergen.

“First of all, it's a car place,” says the article. “Census data shows that more than 300,000 Bergen County residents drive to work, more than any other county. There's not an inch of bike lane on the route the group takes from Ridgewood to the George Washington Bridge.” The bike ride can also be dangerous, as Jersey drivers aren’t as used to sharing the road with cyclists as Manhattan drivers are. If that wasn’t enough, the article goes on to mention how cold it can get. Steven Kang, a veteran of the group, has weathered commuting temperatures as low as 7 degrees.

On the other hand, the article asserts that Bergen County seems like the only sensible place to start such a big trek into Manhattan because of the convenient access that the George Washington Bridge provides. Members of the cyclist club have had to change elements of their morning routines – for example, by switching to showering at the workplace – but the ride also has various benefits, such as being an excellent source of exercise and a group bonding activity

China Reevers, representative of commuter bike manufacturer Linus Bike, commends the New Jersey group and their long ride into Manhattan. “It takes a lot of commitment to be able to pull off a 25-mile trek into work almost every day. This group is clearly devoted, and has even gone as far as to change their routine to work around their ride. It’s a great source of exercise, and hopefully they will continue doing this for years to come while remaining safe!”

Linus Bike is a California-based bicycle manufacturer that specializes in creating vintage style city bikes and commuter bikes. Not simply a bicycle company, Linus Bike sells a complete line of accessories for the environmentally conscious and for those who have a fondness for European style bicycles and the great tradition of European cycling.

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