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Planet Bike honors our silent hero: the bicycle commuter. A SUPER COMMUTER rides through every season, in all weather, day and night. Choosing the simplicity, health and pleasure of bicycling, a SUPER COMMUTER prefers to ride to the grocery store, to work, to a concert or the cafe.

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Geoff Williams -- E. Providence, RI
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Jason Lummis -- Pinckney, MI
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Billy Knutson -- Madison, WI
Albert Bouchard -- New York
Thomas Smart -- Portsmouth, NH
Greg Fiske -- East Falmouth, MA
Rob Kotch -- Ridgewood, NJ
Bruce Wahl -- Randolph, MA
Bennet Fischer -- Brooklyn, NY
Nancy Fresco -- Fairbanks, AK
Peter Moloney -- Arlington, VA
Kathy Olney -- Natick, MA
Eric Schneider -- Saco, ME
Dan Tieger -- Manchester, MA
Steve Karp -- Unionville, CT
Stephen Mosca -- Maywood, NJ
Allessandro Millor -- Medford, MA
Tommy Walsh -- Medford, MA
Dave Bonan -- Danbury, CT
Justin Booth -- Buffalo, NY
Emily O'Brien -- Somerville, MA
Raymond Sachs -- W. Chester, PA
Neal Scott -- E. Falmouth, MA

Ron Lessard

Princeton, NJ -

A SUPER COMMUTER rides through every season, in all types of weather, day and night. Choosing the simplicity, health and pleasure of bicycling, a SUPER COMMUTER simply prefers to ride a bike instead of driving a car.

As a young adult, Ron Lessard moved to Princeton, NJ to study the art of casting sculpture in bronze at an area foundry. He immediately fell in love with the area for its tree-shaded lanes, historic charm and natural beauty. He came to town in a car but for more than two decades he has been enjoying life in Princeton by bike.

Most every Super Commuter can identify a moment that propelled him/her to pedal. Ron's came in the midst of the early 1990s recession.  To make ends meet, he was forced to sell his work truck and started biking to work. Business eventually rebounded and he bought a new work truck but ever since the George H.W. Bush administration he's been racking up over 5,000 miles of riding a year. 

His Ridley X-Fire carries him on his eleven mile commute from Princeton to his Trenton workshop. Many days Ron takes the long cut to avoid congestion and to fuel his riding passion. "I regret those days in which I take my truck to work," says Ron, "I would rather spend my commute feeling the rush from pedaling through the thick air of a hot and humid Jersey summer or cutting through the icy air on a winter morning at zero degrees."

Ron is an advocate for Complete Streets policies to make Mercer County streets safer for cyclists and pedestrians. His hope is that better cycling facilities will make his fellow citizens less reliant on cars and the harmful consequences of tailpipe emissions.  A little known fact about Ron is that he is an inventor who holds an interesting patent. It seems like he is trying to rid the world of the dangers of tailpipe emissions in more ways than one.

Aside from using his bicycle for transportation, Ron adores the many weekends and summer evenings he gets to adventure by bike with his wife Mary on their Co-Motion Tandem. "At the end of a long ride, we celebrate our accomplishment in unison... It seems the harder we work together, the greater the reward," he reveals. "How much closer can a couple get than that?"

For his efforts we're sending Ron a new Super Commuter shirt!

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