Zac has been a resident of downtown Harrisburg for seven years. He’s passionate about working with nonprofits and other organizations to make Harrisburg a better place to live, and he’s especially interested in city beautification. So when he heard about the bike share, he knew it would be right up his alley.
Although Zac works full-time for the state and part time at Home 231, he manages to find time to garden, sketch, read, workout at the YMCA and of course-- bike! In fact, Zac recently got rid of his car and has since depended on biking as one of his primary modes of transportation.
Zac often finds himself using the Harrisburg Bike Share to travel from his apartment on North Street to Provisions or Strawberry Square for groceries and necessities. However, his favorite ride is down to Phoenix Park, an old industrial ruin reclaimed by nature and graffiti artists where Paxton Creek meets the Susquehanna River.
When we asked Zac what he likes most about the Harrisburg Bike Share, he explained that he really enjoys the humanity of the program.
“Instead of being enclosed in a car, the bike share gives me the ability to catch the little details in the city and really experience the sights while I’m on the move. Plus, I get approached by people all the time who want to know about the bike share. And because I’m on a bike, I’m actually able to talk with them. I have my own bike that I ride, but when I use the bike share, people pay attention to me and get really interested in what I’m doing and how they can participate.”
Zac has been instrumental in advocating for the bike share and spreading the good news of its presence. He’s attended many of our events and helped us whenever possible. We are incredibly grateful for the support and kindness that he has provided us since we launched.
To conclude, Zac gave us a few suggestions for our riders:
First, he recommends recommends taking a ride through the city's less traveled alleyways. You’d never realize how beautiful the architecture is where the cars don’t frequent.
Second, he suggests checking out a part of the Greenbelt called Asylum Run, so named because it resides on the grounds of the old Pennsylvania State Hospital. Despite its name and location, the ride is beautiful and shaded, and at dusk, the surrounding Honeysuckles give off a wonderful fragrance.
Thank you, Zac, for taking the time to sit down with us and for being our first featured rider!