Helanna Bratman rides to her office at the Beacon Rec Center on West Center Street most mornings. Helanna is program coordinator for Green Teen, run by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Dutchess County. She lives in Beacon with her husband John and their two young children.
Years in Beacon:
I’ve been with Green Teen ten years. We’ve lived in Beacon for eight years. Before that I lived in Kingston.
Where did you get your bicycle?
I got this Schwinn when I was a freshman in high school. My dad was into cycling and he helped me pick it out. I also have a Motobecane mixte that I pulled from a dumpster. I had it fixed up at People’s Bicycle. That one has a child seat on the back, which is easier to manage with the step-through frame.
Any other bikes you’d like to confess to owning?
I have a red Hercules three-speed that was my grandfather’s, then my dad’s. That was my commuter bike when I lived in New York City.
What goes in that big basket?
It often carries my lunch. When I go to the store, I put groceries in there. I’ve put plants in there. I wish I could say I put my dog in there–I have friends who do that, it’s really cute. But my dog is 35 pounds.
Why do you ride a bike around town?
It’s nice to get somewhere quickly without driving. You’re outside, it’s easy. I like the idea of doing it. You feel like you’re flying.