Never too young to teach or too old to learn!

Each week during National Bike Month, we will feature community members who ride bikes.

Samantha found out that an adult family friend, Amy, did not know how to ride a bicycle. She took it upon herself to write a lesson plan and teach Amy to ride. Samantha told Amy that it was important to learn to ride a bike because “then you are free.” After Amy finished her lessons, Samantha presented her with a completion certificate, declaring her an official bicycle rider. Amy successfully learned how to ride with the help of her young friend and is now bikes regularly, and was the first to register for the Juneau Police Department’s Be Safe, Be Seen program.

Name: Samantha Dilley
Age: 12
Bike: Pink Huffy

What’s your favorite place to ride to in Juneau?
Mendenhall Glacier area.

If you had to encapsulate bicycling in one word, what would it be?
Breathtaking!

Photo: Bob Dilley
Photo: Bob Dilley

What do you love most about riding a bike?
Going fast.

Any words of advice for new riders?
Take your time, don’t rush.

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Name: Amy Williams
Age: 33
Bike: Giant Sedona DX

What’s your favorite place to ride to in Juneau?
My favorite ride in Juneau is the commute from home to work. I’m lucky enough to live on Douglas and work downtown, so it’s a short and pleasant ride over the bridge.

If you had to encapsulate bicycling in one word, what would it be?
Freedom!

What do you love most about riding a bike?
I love the confidence that learning to ride a bike has given me. I never learned how to ride a bike as a kid, in part, because I never thought I could. Once I learned how to ride, I was confident that I could learn to run, and ran a marathon; I was confident I could learn to swim, and am training for a triathlon. Learning how to ride a bike really taught me that I could do anything. For that reason, I am so grateful to Sam for teaching me.

Any words of advice for new riders?
Be brave! As a grown-up learning how to ride a bike, the fear of falling down was really hard for me to overcome. But once I realized that even the worst fall only hurts for so long, I was much more courageous and it was easier to learn.

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