Meet Danny, one of the actual human beings behind Twitter, and brother to former Citi Bike intern Mala. A Citi Bike member since sunny July, Danny hasn’t been driven underground by New York City’s recent spate of abysmal weather. He’s logged almost daily weekday rides this winter - clearly dedicated to getting to work so that the rest of us can keep on tweeting! Here’s his Citi Bike story:
Occupation: Software Engineer at Twitter
Live: East Village
Work: Midtown East
You live smack in the middle of the Citi Bike program area, so do you ride all the time?
I usually ride at least twice a day, to and from work, but on the weekends I could ride up to five times a day.
Lucky! So what’s your favorite thing about riding a bike in NYC?
Being in control of how long it takes me to get somewhere. When I ride the subway I feel like I’m on the MTA’s schedule; riding a bike I’m on my schedule.
Has riding a bike helped you to discover anything new about yourself?
I hate exercising, but I’ve found that when it involves fulfilling a goal - like getting to work or meeting friends - I really enjoy it. My mom keeps telling me I look skinny, but it’s hard to take her compliments seriously.
Has anything else changed since you started riding?
Yeah, I feel great when I get to my destination. When I took the subway to work I still felt half asleep when I got there. But when I show up with a 20 minute bike ride already under my belt, I feel great. As a programmer it also helps me exercise my brain before I get to work; it’s like an energy boost for the day.
Commuting can be exciting, but have you enjoyed any other adventures by bike?
One Saturday night my friends and I decided to go on a 4am bike ride. We picked up Citi Bikes from the station on 9th Street and Avenue C and rode across the bridge to Williamsburg. Once we got to Brooklyn we just kept docking and riding around looking for late night food. That was the greatest falafel I’ve ever had.
If you have a Citi Bike secret, what is it?
Pay attention to (and refresh!) the Citi Bike app to learn how stations fill up at different times of the day. Lafayette St. and 8th St. is my go-to station on my ride back from work, even though it isn’t the closest one to my apartment, since I know docks are usually available there when I need one.
Any tips for new riders?
Wear a helmet. Mine makes me feel more confident, even when I’m already riding pretty carefully in the city. There are lots of different helmets available (I’m partial to the Bern one I’m wearing), so you can be safe AND stylish. Oh and of course, follow @CitibikeNYC on Twitter to learn about station updates and lots more!