Member of the Month - Scott Jolliff

The first time I (Ali) met Scott was at last year's Sweetwater 420 Fest when we both volunteered for bike valet duties. Scott rolled up on his Mundo cargo bike - kid in tow and I was awestruck. I'd never seen a bike like that before! As a parent I was also impressed because it was clear to me that Scott wanted his sons to enjoy bicycling as much as he does and help promote it as a safe, reliable form of transportation. We think he's just the kind of rad dad any kid would be lucky to have, not to mention a great ambassador for ABC! Read on for our interview with Scott.

Scott on his 4!

How did you learn about Atlanta Bicycle Coalition?
I did some volunteer work for ABC in the mid-90s when Dennis Hoffarth was running things. I think I saw him on TV during a report on a bike lane issue in the MLK neighborhood.

What's your riding style?
I ride for transportation, and recreation. I own a mountain bike, a cargo bike, a BMX/Dirt Jump bike, a commuter bike, a folding bike, a tandem, and 2 cruisers. Wait, 3 cruisers. But I'm still customizing the 3rd so it's more like a collection of parts right now. A few years ago I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I can't ride as hard or as far as I used to but that's ok. You don't need to be Lance Armstrong to enjoy bikes.

You've got kids - do they ride? Where do you ride as a family?
Our 2 boys are 6 & 8 yrs. They've been raised on bikes. Beginning with a bike trailer as infants, then graduating to a tug-a-bug and finally their own bikes. They learned to ride when they were 3 & 4 years old. We ride on the PATH trails, at BMX parks, at Blankets Creek MTB trails, at charity rides, and they ride for transportation. They'd much rather use their bikes and Marta to get around than a car. When we connect the tug-a-bug to the tandem they call it "The Caterpillar".

What's your favorite bicycle accessory(besides a helmet)
My Chrome (brand) messenger bag.

Who taught you how to ride a bike?
I taught myself on my sister's 20 inch when I was 5 years old. When I stopped the bike for the first time, I hurt my privates!

Who's George and why are you trying to buy him a bike?
George is a gentleman who lives in SW Atlanta. He's a Vietnam vet who supplements his income by collecting cans and hauling them, 2-3 LARGE bags at a time, to the scrap yard on an old beat up bicycle. I can't take credit for the idea to buy him a cargo bike, the idea was my friend Ken's but, anyone who served our country and lives like he does deserves a decent bicycle. We need about $250 to get George that bike!

Any parting words of wisdom specifically for Atlanta bike users?
Support ABC, obey the traffic laws, wear a helmet, and use a red flashing light on your bike, day or night, when riding on the street.


Is that safe, or legal?

While Scott sounds like a lovely guy, am I the only one who finds the picture kind of troubling? It's nice that they have helmets on, but that really doesn't seem particularly safe for the kids. Nor does it seem legal:

OCGA § 40-6-292
(b) No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped.

I guess we'll have to take a

I guess we'll have to take a look at this law at some point. In a bicycle-friendly city, people do transport each other by bike - cargo bikes, trailers, even racks which are designed to carry a seated person. It's quite safe. As long as people (including motorists) are operating responsibly rather than trying some daredevil stunt, there's no reason to discourage it. Especially if it helps someone avoid driving or riding in a car, especially kids.

Cargo capacity

This is an interesting question, especially now that cargo bikes like the Mundo and Xtracycle are gaining in popularity.

These bikes actually are designed to carry more, and even more people. Xtracycles have add-on handlebars and footrests to make it a little easier.

It would come down to defining those terms -- designed and equipped -- and what constitutes a bike's outfitting for the number of people to be carried. Is it a saddle? Perhaps weight-bearing capacity? Mundos and Xtracycles' snapdecks certainly have room for extras (banana seat style!), but I have not seen their manuals or specs, and what those might say.

This photo seems a trip around the block or in the neighborhood, as evidenced by the background, and perhaps even just posing for the photo. Competent, experienced cyclist that Scott is, I trust in his judgment and sincerely doubt he's taking the kids out in traffic.