Biking to work a way of life for Antioch resident Tricia Campbell
By Trine Gallegos
For the Contra Costa Times
Posted: 11/11/2010 08:38:02 PM PST
ANTIOCH – Tricia Campbell commutes 10 miles round-trip to work each day. To most drivers – often stuck in gridlock – that’s really not much of a commute. But Campbell’s 10 miles are on a bike. The eighth-grade English teacher has started her fifth year of cycle commuting, which will add about 2,000 miles to her bike. And, lest you think Campbell is just some educator riding around town, she also pedals another 4,000 miles via her road bike.
She brings her bike into her classroom, where her Antioch Middle School students get the opportunity to talk about riding. “It is a great icebreaker at the beginning of the year,” she said. “And, when the kids find out what type of rides I do, I help shatter a few assumptions they may have.”
Last year, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition named Campbell the Contra Costa County Bicycle Commuter of the Year, noting her influence on students: “She’s careful to obey traffic laws and doesn’t get on her bike without her helmet. She uses bicycle safety articles in her informational reading lessons.