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My NYC Biking Story: Dr. Jen Petersen

Riding a bike is a big part of Dr. Jen Petersen’s daily routine, and it also plays a significant role in her academic and professional careers. Her 2011 dissertation toward a Ph.D. in Sociology, “Whose Streets? Paving the Right to the City,” was largely influenced by riding her bike on the changing streets of NYC. Jen now provides consulting services to help cities and organizations grow while achieving sustainability goals.

In addition to her consulting work, Jen also operates a freight trike for The City Bakery. She deals with the daily logistics of transporting food, baked goods, and supplies from bakery to bakery with human power — which, as it turns out, is the most efficient mode for this neighborhood-scale operation. Of course, one of the perks of driving a freight trike for The City Bakery is the fuel: a hot-out-of-the-oven chocolate chip cookie.

Robin Urban Smith is a multimedia storyteller who prefers to go by bike.

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  • Anonymous

    ...one of the perks to pedaling a freight trike for The City Bakery is the fuel: a hot out of the OVEN chocolate chip cookie! Revolution Rickshaws is thrilled to have partnered with The City Bakery for over five years now to keep their freight trikes on the road! Sometimes a chocolate chip cookie or two finds its way over to our shoppe, too - a real thrill, to be sure! revolutionrickshaws.com

  • Ben Kintisch

    In Copenhagen, cargo bikes are ubiquitous, though I bet at one point several decades ago they were considered a novelty. I've even noticed that in South Williamsburg, (the Hasidic Jewish neighborhood whose leaders have been occasionally unfriendly to bicycle infrastructure in their midst), lots of shop owners make deliveries using cargo bikes and trikes. Why? It's a lot cheaper than using vans and trucks, and parking is easier!