VV Profile: Laura J. Lukitsch (Mind The Gap, Please!)
Name: Laura J. Lukitsch
Occupation: Documentary Filmmaker
Hometown: New Berlin, Wisconsin (suburb of Milwaukee)
Current city/Neighborhood: San Francisco, Mission
Favorite city to ride a bike in in the world: Hirakata City, Japan (it’s rural and beautiful and fun to ride as a passenger on the back of a friend’s bike); and San Francisco. I hope to ride in more cities soon.
Helmet or no helmet: Helmet – I was so happy to have one on when I got caught in the Muni tracks and took a big spill.
Type of bike: Marin, Stinson Comfort Series (cute, comfy commuter bike)
Describe what you like best about your bike: I used to mountain bike and after a neck injury was afraid I wouldn’t be able to ride again – my comfort bike has given me the freedom to ride again. I see it and it makes me happy. I’m hoping to get a steel touring bike soon because I’d love to go on longer, multi-day rides.
Describe your urban cycling experience: I ride my bike to commute to work, but also to meet up with friends in the city and recently I’ve started taking longer out of city group rides, exploring other parts of the Bay Area. It’s a great way to exercise and socialize.
Mind The Gap? What's that? Tell me more! Mind the Gap is a documentary project about sustainable urban transit. I’m working on a feature length film, examining the ground breaking climate initiatives in California that are shifting our priorities around transit to greener, less carbon intensive, more pedestrian/biking/transit friendly alternatives. The project also includes a webisode series giving tips on how people can reduce their transit carbon footprint, including tips for urban biking. The film project actually got me back on a bike.
Favorite time and/or place to ride: I really enjoy exploring on my bike on the weekends, with friends in San Francisco or on group rides in other parts of the Bay Area.
Tell us a funny story that happened to you on your bike: At one point I thought I could only ride about 10 miles at a stretch. I decided to bike with a friend to Sausalito, without first consulting a map, and realized only upon our return that the ride was 28 miles. That was a great day.
Describe your personal style: I love dressing up but hate shopping. My favorite outfits include a medium length full skirt and tall boots.
Favorite color: Red or Yellow – depends on the day.
Vélo Vogue tip of the day: Support public transit. We need a strong public transit system and bike system to get people out of their cars. And transit is a good option if you are not feeling well enough to bike.