From his sister, to his dad, Pavel’s been around devoted cyclists his whole life, but never really took to riding. But, Citi Bike did the trick! Now an avid user, he especially enjoys riding around NYC with his two daughters, keeping the family tradition of cycling alive.
Name: Pavel Lempert
Occupation: Operations Manager & Chief Facilitator for Drum Café, a corporate team building company
Home: Lower East Side
Work: Home! (usually)
Coming from a bike-friendly family, you held out for a long time. What made you finally get on the saddle?
My daughters, who both got their own bikes recently, were eager to graduate to riding on the street. And since space/storage concerns have prevented me from owning a bike in the past, Citi Bike easily answered the question, “Should I, responsible dad, get a bike?”
How do you use Citi Bike?
The privilege and responsibility of my kids’ after-school schedule falls on me. And with one of my daughters having soccer practice or a game everyday after school, I bring her bike to her, I hop on a Citi Bike, and we ride home together. Sometimes her sister will join us, and it is a great opportunity to get them comfortable with how to ride safely in traffic.
As a new member of the club, what’s your favorite thing about riding a bike in NYC?
I love how “small” our little part of the island has become. My daughter’s games have been played on various fields around the downtown area, and on a Citi Bike, everything is within a 15-minute ride.
Any Citi Bike experiences that stand out?
The joy of riding with both my daughters in tow; riding across East 10th Street to the East River Promenade, and then biking down towards home, the view of Brooklyn, the bridges, and people out enjoying themselves. All this with the occasional shout of “How ya doin’?” back to my daughters, and their predictable response of, “I’m fine” or, “Let’s go faster!” followed by me saying, “Wait for me, my legs are tired!” It doesn’t get any better than that.
Before Citi Bike I would…but now I…
Before Citi Bike, I would run my commute through the typical calculus of NYC transportation timing—too far to walk, too close for a subway or cab, and a bus doesn’t go there. But now—without any hesitation—I just jump on a Citi Bike, knowing that there will be a station somewhere near my destination.