Name: Jennifer Chiu
Occupation/Off-Bike Skills: I’m currently a graduate student at the Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences program at Temple University. I am interested in finding ways to empower women, particularly WoC, immigrant women, and queer women. I love the diversity of Philadelphia’s cultural and dining scenes and enjoy checking out a new festival or restaurant any chance I get. Dance parties are my favorite!
Disciplines: At heart, I’m an urban cyclist who believes that bicycles belong on the streets. I enjoy commuting on my Specialized hybrid, solo rides, social rides, and nighttime excursions. I’m excited by the expansion of the Circuit trails and look forward to exploring more of the region by bike. I would love to get experience with cyclocross, MTB, and bike touring.
Cats or cat alternates: My forever roommate is Bethany, a brown-and-white tabby and former rescue. She is the chillest cat you will ever meet.
Favorite snacks: All of them.
Why do you ride?
I love how bikes can represent so many different things: a means of transportation, a form of exercise, a medium for recreation, a venue for competition. They can be fancy or inexpensive, no driver’s licenses or other barriers to entry required. I love how my morning ride to campus gets me ready for the day and makes me feel physically strong. As a dedicated user of public transportation, I appreciate how my bike expands the range of places I can go on my own terms and schedule. I also like how when it comes to bikes, there is always more to learn!
Proudest moments/Bike career highlights:
Mastering the South Philly-to-North Philly bike commute through hot and cold and wind and rain. Heading up the Philly Dyke March with Dykes on Bikes. Exploring Martha’s Vineyard, Madison, and Montreal on two wheels.