Today at Berkeley Lab

Bike to Work Month: How Jacob Gimbel Turned Biking Into a Daily Commute

Jacob Gimbel bikes to a Lab shuttle stop near his home in Berkeley and takes the Lab shuttle to work — with his bike stowed away on the shuttle’s bike rack — almost every day, even when it’s raining. His secret? Take it one day at a time until biking to work becomes second nature.

“It took about a year for me to make biking a daily habit,” says Gimbel, an administrator in the Lab’s Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. “But once I got some rain gear, I no longer had an excuse for driving instead of biking. And I always feel better when I bike to work.”

He advises new bike commuters to take a safety course on how to bike on hills and navigate around potholes (of which Berkeley has many, he says), and to learn proper braking techniques so you can safely navigate the Lab’s hilly terrain. And if you think you’re too old or too out of shape, Gimbel says that commuting by bike, even if you need to take the Lab shuttle up the hill, will improve your health. “I see people of all fitness levels riding their bike to work. You don’t have to be a superathlete.”

— By Theresa Duque