Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Profile: Christa Clark Jones of Bike by the Sea
During my visit to Santa Barbara, I had the pleasure of catching up with Christa, writer of the blog bike by the sea and organiser the Santa Barbara Cycle Chic show.
Caz:What bike do you ride?
Christa: Red Electra Amsterdam
Caz: Why do you cycle?
Christa: Many reasons - health, community, financial, fun - but I'm mainly interested in observing the urban environment. I'm most fascinated with sustainable urban design and cycling is my favorite way to explore Livable Cities.
Caz: What's the best thing about cycling in Santa Barbara?
Christa: It's sunny almost every day in Santa Barbara. There are some beautiful bike paths along the ocean. It's stunning! Also, since it's a small town, I love seeing friends and familiar faces while cycling. It's easy to stop and have a conversation.
Caz:Have you noticed a rise in women cycling in Santa Barbara?
Christa: Compared with many North American cities, Santa Barbara has a high cycling rate, but there is a growing bicycle culture. I see more women cyclists on a variety of practical urban bicycles including electric and Dutch bikes.
Caz: What's your favourite outfit to cycle in?
Christa: I enjoy cycling in classic dresses and heels. Lately, I've been wearing a lovely straw hat and it's just tight enough so that it won't fly off while cycling.