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My NYC Biking Story: Lucette Gilbert

Friday is National Bike to Work Day, and if you're looking for a little motivation to get on your bicycle, meet Lucette Gilbert. Lucette says she is in her "very late 70s" and biking since she was 7 years old. So, by my calculations, she has been riding a bike for some 70 years! She became a bike commuter in New York City during the 1980 transit strike and currently rides everywhere, including her daily trip to work from the Upper East Side to Union Square. Lucette's take on the state of bicycling in NYC: "People are not used to bicycles, but it's so heartwarming to see how many people are biking now."

Streetfilms would like to thank Recycle-A-Bicycle for sponsoring this chapter in our My NYC Biking Story.

<br> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Lucette Gilbert:</i>  [00.15] I’m in my very high 70’s.  People say, oh are you still biking?  Which I find offensive.  And I say, yes, when I can’t bike anymore my body will tell me, but my body keeps telling me go for it, it’s good for you, it’s good for you.  So I’m biking.  </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Lucette Gilbert:</i>  [00:33] I’m French and where I come from, when I was a child, we didn’t have phones when I was very young and my friend didn’t have a phone, so if you wanted to speak to your friend, you had to bike over to their house.  And I was, I think, I was seven years old when I started, I mean a real two-wheeler.  </font></p> <p> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"></font></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font> <br></p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman"><i>Lucette Gilbert:</i>  [00:51] I think biking is the most wonderful thing.  It’s good for you, it’s good for the environment and it’s a wonderful, wonderful feeling.  You’re free, you don’t have to wait for anything, you don’t have to wait for a bus, you go where you want.  I don’t think it should be confrontational which it has been unfortunately and they should understand that biking is not a crime, so I hope, I hope that we get more bike lanes and I hope that everybody respects that because that’s another story.  People are not used to bicycles but it’s so heart-warming to see how many people are biking now.  </font> <br> </p> <p><font size="3" face="Times New Roman">[music]</font></p> Transcription Sponsored by: <a href="http://transcriptdivas.com.au">Transcript Divas Transcription Services</a>
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  • will

    love her.

  • Eric McClure

    I would call Lucette "formidable" but I don't want to risk her scorn!

  • http://www.streetfilms.org Clarence Eckerson Jr.

     I can't wait until I am in my very late 70s riding bikes!  I just hope I am as agile as her!

  • http://twitter.com/marcuswoollen Marcus Woollen

     She's absolutely magnifique. 

  • Hannah

    More bikes! Less phones!

  • http://www.streetfilms.org Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    I agree!

  • Emily S.

    ça me fait très heureuse :)

  • http://tiny.cc/fiubike Brandt Absolu

    Wow! Late 70s and and biking. She makes car-addicted adults in their 30s and 40s sound like whiny babies.

  • Rhonda Aigen

    What a wonderful story. So good to see you. You look as lovely as ever.
    Rhonda Liebowitz Aigen

  • Steve


  • http://situp-cycle.com Michael Rubbo

    Lucette not only looks great on her bike but has a wonderful way with words, finding just the right ones to  express her joy of cycling. Bobby Martin is a bit the same way as he challenges the hills of Kiama, NSW at 91.  Here's Bobby at his best.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jonathan.kinobe Jonathan Gordon

     "Go for it. It's good for you!" You said it, Lucette!

  • King, Madison

    I started recently rediscovering my Paris neighborhoods cycling a scenic hour circuit through delightfully diffferent areas along canals, residential and commercial bike lanes, traffic circles, strong hills around butte chaumont, la polace de la fete, Pyrennes, nation, daumesnil, la bastille  through several distinct arrondissement. Traffic is often hellish, but courtesy, respect and smilles go miles. Thanks Lucette for the empire city cycling inspiration. Madison King, the English Doctor in Paris. 

  • christine

     Indeed she is french !!!

  • Michelecalek

    Je rentre de vacances dans le Sud de la France ( entre Saint-Tropez et Cannes ) ... et je découvre ma jeune et belle " ex-future belle-mère ...! " qui fait sa Star ...quel Festival ...!!! Je suis très fière de toi , quelle pêche ! Je te téléphone un de ces jours,   et t'embrasse très fort de Paris où il fait très beau ; " dis, quand reviendras-tu ??? "     
    Embrasse la famille pour moi, à bientôt, michou.

  • Char22046

    I always admire anyone (young or old) when they exercise....it takes discipline and effort, and not everyone is willing to do that.  May Lucette live long and prosper! :) :)

  • Charlesernest5s

    i have been out with my 15 year old grandson today, his first time.  i am turned 70 and i have always been a cyclist.   i have just purchased a new bike related to my age . i think i can class myself as a  veteran.  lucette has given me the hope that i can continue to cycle for some time yet.    pete.