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How Does Bike Share Impact Your Life?

Here are a few of our devoted riders letting you know how SWell Cycle impacts them.......
Rick Shaw

Rick Shaw

Tell me a little about yourself- Who you are, what you do & how you use SWell Cycle on a daily or weekly basis… Commuting? Adventuring? Both? 
I’m retired from the Army and have lived in San Antonio for 11 years. I use Swell Cycle weekly, usually when I’m heading into town for some reason or another. I can avoid parking hassles, get some fresh air and exercise, and it helps me collect my thoughts.

What are you most used stations or favorite ones? 
The stations I use most are probably the Witte, Pearl and Concepcion Park – but I try to get around to as many as possible. 

What do you like about bike share?
When you think about it, Swell Cycle is the ultimate Park & Ride. It’s a great way to get around town, keeps me fit, and I have learned more about this city on a bike than probably any other way. I’ve seen bike share systems in many cities in the U.S. and Europe, and San Antonio’s Swell Cycles are some of the best.

How in your perspective can we push people to use bike share for a transportation alternative in San Antonio?
I think getting people on bikes in any way we can is key. San Antonio has a wonderful network of Greenway trails around the city, and more people are using them every day. Once people experience the benefits of cycling, they will be more likely to grab a Swell Cycle when they’re near a kiosk.

What is your favorite beer? If you don’t drink… what’s your favorite restaurant? My favorite beer is an ice-cold Modelo Especial, especially after a long bike ride.

Tim Mulry

Tim Mulry 

Tell me a little about yourself- Who you are, what you do & how you use SWell Cycle on a daily or weekly basis… Commuting? Adventuring? Both?
I moved to San Antonio from Chicago. It was really tough for me at first to leave behind friends and family, but this was a great place to land in. 6 years after moving here I've been lucky enough to make dozens of friends, and I even recently got married! I work in VIA Metropolitan Transit's Strategic Planning division, and before that I was working on implementing the City of San Antonio's Bike Master Plan.

A couple of years back, I was looking at a pretty expensive repair bill for my car. My options were to pay for the repair, purchase a new car, or see if I could make my commute work without one. I decided to sell my car and have been able to make walking, biking, taking the bus, or using ride share work as an alternative ever since. Having bike share as one of those options for commuting was definitely a big factor in making that transition without a car possible. 

What are your most used stations or favorite ones?
I mostly use the station at Madison Square Park and ride into downtown to catch the Primo 100 on it's way to Centro Plaza for my daily commute. A lot of times I don't want to deal with the hassle of having to lock up my own bike or risk not being able to mount it on a bus if the racks are full, so using bike share and transit together has been an easy alternative.

What do you like about bike share?
I like that people tend to recognize me more when I'm on a bike share bike. Sometimes it can be a little awkward, but people I know will tell me every time I run into them about that time they saw me on a bike.

How in your perspective can we push people to use bike share for a transportation alternative in San Antonio?
Just seeing how much the bike share system, as well as San Antonio's bike network in general, has grown over the past couple of years has been really amazing. The rate that San Antonio's population is growing is also creating a huge long term challenge in terms of mobility and accessibility. That's why regardless of whether we look at bike share, buses, cars, or any other mode of transportation, the key point behind all of it is to keep finding ways to improve people's ability to access the City.

What is your favorite beer? If you don’t drink… what’s your favorite restaurant?
That's a tough question! I have to admit I am a fan of the Guadalupe Brewing Co.'s Scotch Ale, but I think all of the local craft brewers in San Antonio deserve a gold star.

Billy Grahm

Billy Grahm

Tell me a little about yourself- Who you are, what you do & how you use SWell Cycle on a daily or weekly basis… Commuting? Adventuring? Both? 

My name is Billy Graham Jr., originally from Greensboro, North Carolina. I have lived in San Antonio, TX since June 2009. I enjoy my job as a Personal Trainer for YMCA of Greater San Antonio, TX. My responsibility within the YMCA is to help create safe, enjoyable and positive environments that promote and educate aspects of health/ wellness.

What are you most used stations or favorite ones? 

My most used stations are YMCA Tripoint, Pearl Culinary Gardens and The DoSeum. 

What do you like about bike share?

I love SWell Cycle because it allows me to promote fitness and encourages me to be more active. SWell Cycle has allowed me to take short trips and quick adventures around town, it’s easier than ever to enjoy San Antonio! 

How in your perspective can push people to use bike share for a transportation alternative in San Antonio?

Through educating our great city about the benefits of exercise, I am eager to see more San Antonio families taking a stroll using SWell Cycle. I believe in SWell Cycle’s mission to provide my community with a valuable bike share system they can use for a simple solution for health, transportation, and the environment. 

What is your favorite beer? If you don’t drink… what’s your favorite restaurant? 

My favorite restaurants like Down On Grayson and (I love) Botika! Speaking of these amazing restaurants, I love The FIRE-ROASTED CHICKEN marinated slow-cooked chicken breast finished with a honey lime glaze, served with corn off the cobb and chicken tortilla soup from Down On Grayson and Lomo Saltado from Botika! Obviously, food and exercise is the way to my heart! 

Sr Martha Ann Kirk

 Sister Martha Ann Kirk, Th.D

Tell me a little about yourself- Who you are, what you do & how you use SWell Cycle… Commuting? Adventuring? Both? 
I am 72-year old Catholic Sister and a UIW professor who has taught wellness among other things. I have taught over 7000 students. After having a problem with my Achilles tendon, my doctor told me  to pedal half an hour a day in a wellness center. I probably hadn’t cycled for 30 years, but it was too boring to be inside. I thought I had to find a new way to be active! I tried out a SWell Cycle and  remembered how easy it was to bike.  I am pretty passionate about biking for emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being, with that being said I don't bike for practical reasons- I’m always learning and on an adventure. I try to bike at least a half an hour everyday by Yanaguana, that is, the San Antonio River. For over 10,000 years people have come to the river. I am renewed there.  

What are you most used stations or favorite ones? 
Blue Star which is closest to our convent, Mission Concepcion (I bike before or after Sunday church), Mission Espada, Mission San Juan, and Mission San Jose. If I can only get a short break from work, Brackenridge Park is lovely.

What do you like about bike share?
The history and nature that you are able to discover is marvelous. Biking has helped me explore our old Spanish Missions which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage sites. I reflect on all the ways they have shaped the history of people through decades and decades.  Since I have learned more, I have guided people there and also gotten my students going to the missions.  The San Antonio Tricentennial year invites all of us to enjoy our history, nature, and community more----biking is a great way to do this.

How in your perspective, can you push people to use bike share for a transportation alternative in San Antonio?
Biking can help us be healthier individually, can help create healthier air for all of us, and can contribute to a healthier earth.  I believe that if I can enjoy daily biking at 72, you should give it a try! 


Learn more about Sr Martha in this great Express News article....
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