Paul Feldblum: Aging Gracefully on a Bike

February 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm 1 comment

Paul Feldblum has been working in RTP for 30 years and commuting from the Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood.  Through his younger years he drove his car most days, but about once a week, on a nice day, he would venture out with his bicycle for the 10 mile commute.  As age started catching up with him, commuting both ways by bicycle started putting strain on his legs.

Then, about three years ago, a friend pointed out he was eligible for a TTA pass.  After getting his TTA pass, he hasn’t looked back.  Now he bicycles from home to Durham Station and puts his bike on the bus, which drops him off a bike-able 1.5 miles from work (visit to find your best route).  “The bus has always been there and departed within three minutes of scheduled time,” Paul said, attesting to the bus’ reliability.  He added that, since this summer, all the buses he rides are new and have sturdier bicycle racks.

Paul does not worry about the bike rack on the bus being full, because as he recalled, “Only two times in my three years was the bicycle rack full.”  On these rare occasions, he has a back up plan:  ride to work.

There are many reasons Paul chooses to travel to work and around Durham by bicycle.  Referring to the quality of life, fitness, economic, and environmental benefits, Paul says, “It is not a win-win situation, it is a win-win-win-win situation.” “But perhaps most of all,” he points out, “being on a bike makes me feel like a kid.  I love it!”

Paul does what he can to share his love of bicycles with others in the neighborhood.  One way he has done this is to lend out a spare bicycle at various times to neighborhood youth who need bicycle transportation.  Paul is thankful to the friends and colleagues who pointed him toward the buses and taught him how to bike in cold weather.  If you are curious about commuting by bike or bus, Paul is happy to pass on tips to any other neighbors in Watts Hospital-Hillandale.

To talk with Paul, contact, and he will connect you.


Entry filed under: Transportation, Watts Hospital-Hillandale.

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