Interview with Dr. Gadberry
Big Wheels: See Who's Riding Now
Sharon Gadberry, Ph.D.
Founder of Transitions Management Group
For 24 years Sharon was owner of an executive outplacement company headquartered in SF with five branches in the Bay Area. Once named SF's most influential businesswomen, she retired in 2005.
Tube Times: What was your commute? How long did your commute take? How long would it take if you drove or took the bus?
Sharon Gadberry: I started commuting by bike about 8 years ago, to my office I rode down from 6th and Lake, through the Presidio, and over to Embarcadero, then to my office on Sansome in the financial district. It took me just a half-hour to get there, but about an hour to get home. It was great because I worked long hours and it was the best way to always have exercise. I managed to look alright — I would reorganize my hair in the morning after I got there. I didn't perspire a lot in the morning and all of it was in the evening — and that didn't matter.
TT: How did you start bike commuting?
SG: Hearing all of the PR from Critical Mass and things like that got me to thinking that I might bike to work. Before that I just did it for fun. My daughter rides her bike in Paris. They just got a new bike lane from her apartment to her office — it's fabulous. They respect the bike lanes there and it's very safe. They don't have buses and taxis going in and out of the bike lanes like they do here.
TT: What motivates you to ride?
SG: I always worked out and with riding, I got my work out. I still went to the gym two to three days a week and this was my insurance that I got my physical exercise. I really loved it.
TT: What kind of reaction do you get when others find out you bike to work?
SG: They think it's kind of nuts. My business partner was really supportive, though. I always kept my bike in the office. One time in the elevator I actually had someone ask me how long I had been a bike messenger. I was flattered.
Interviewed by Dale Danley