I Bike Boulder: Meet Mandy Vink

Today’s I Bike Boulder features Mandy Vink, the City of Boulder Public Art Coordinator.

Why do you commute by bike?
About 15 years ago, I lived on the outskirts of Chicago and that drive made
me swear off driving as much as possible. From 2006 on, I’ve used my feet,
my bike, a bus or any combination of the three for the daily commute.
Biking has become a part of who I am.

What is your commute?
I’m fortunate that I only have about a mile commute to work downtown.
While recently working on the Hotel and Transit Center public
art projects at Denver International Airport, I opted for a three-mile
B-Cycle ride, followed by an hour bus ride to and from DIA. It was a
great way to clear my brain before and after work.

What do you like about biking in Boulder?
I love the variety of experiences on the rides: urban, rural, hills, along
waterways. I love that you can do a long, hard ride or leisurely navigate
town with friends. It’s a great mix of scenery!

Any advice for “newbie” commuters?
Find the approach that fits your lifestyle. I definitely don’t own any
Spandex, and you’ll never find me careening down a mountain. But I
use my bike for groceries, for leisure, for commuting. And that’s what
works for me!