Stephen Mullaney: Teacher, Father, Musician by Bike

January 27, 2011 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

If you wish you could bicycle but don’t think you have the time, Stephen Mullaney has all sorts of short-cuts through Duke and Durham he’d be happy to teach other folks who live in Old West Durham.  His short-cuts often enable him to make better time than a car.

Likewise, if you have wondered how to bicycle with your children, groceries, musical instruments or more, Stephen would also happily share his time-tested tricks with you. “When we had our daughter Maria all our friends said, ‘ah, you won’t be able to bike anymore.’” Despite the predictions, Stephen and his wife got a used bike trailer for their daughter and kept on bicycling.  Now their daughter sits in a chair Stephen built on their Xtracycle, a bicycle extension that makes carrying cargo or people a breeze.  Although their daughter outgrew it, the old trailer does not go to waste.  These days Stephen uses it to haul his guitar and his wife’s drum set when they play music gigs around Durham with their band, the Wigg Report.

Sometimes, when the weather is dreadful, Stephen will take advantage of the new, free Bull City Connector to take his daughter to the library.  “My daughter loves the bus,” he said.

Stephen sees a lot of potential for other residents of Old West Durham to walk, bicycle, or ride the bus more.  He’s a neighborhood resource and would love to help other Old West Durham residents learn to feel comfortable biking or riding the bus.


Entry filed under: Old West Durham, Transportation.

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