I just know her as "Bike Lady". I dubbed her that myself. She's a bicycle commuter that goes through the crosswalk nearly every morning. Rain, shine, snow, ice, freezing cold, she's there.
She has three bikes that I know of. Most days, it's the lightweight commuter, but when there's snow and/or ice, she has a beefier ride complete with studded tires. There's also a middleweight bike, but I don't recall seeing that one in a while.
We've mostly just ever said "hello" to each other. Usually, she just rides on up, pushes the button to cross, and she's off. If her timing's good, she catches the light while I'm already crossing some kids. If there's a group of kids coming, she's always courteous to wait for them so we don't stop traffic twice.
I'm curious as to how far her commute is. I assume she's going to a job. I'd guess that she's around 30 years old. Her dedication, even in the nastiest kind of weather, is impressive.
I similarly enjoy riding my bicycle with a purpose. I have no interest at all in bicycle racing - either watching or participating - but I love to use my bicycles for commuting and just gettin' stuff done.
Premium Rush opens today in theaters. It's an action movie centered around a bicycle messenger in New York City. I usually watch action movies because that's what the rest of the family is watching, not of my own choosing. But I'd like to see this one as I'm intrigued by the whole bicycle messenger subculture. In a nearby parallel universe, in fact, I AM a bicycle messenger. If not in NYC, then in Chicago.
I think I can get Magnum to see this one with me. A friend of mine has also highly recommended Hope Springs, which doesn't look like Magnum's typical kind of movie. But maybe we can use the JoGo movie as a warm up.