Occupation: Special Projects Manager, Marc Jacobs
Social: Instagam @mghm
At Marc Jacobs, Meghan O’Connor overseas a wide variety of creative collaborations, ranging from products fêting the 60th anniversary edition of Playboy Magazine (the fashion designer co-hosted the launch party in London with PB cover girl Kate Moss) to the introduction earlier this fall of a dazzling limited-edition Marc Jacobs bamboo city bicycle. In the fourth of our Velojoy Questionnaires, one the most stylish bicycle commuters we know answers eight questions about her life on two wheels in New York City.
How did you get into city cycling?
I always rode as a kid, but got back into cycling when I moved to the city and received a bicycle as a birthday gift several years ago. I wanted an alternative to my then-usual commute to and from work each day. Cycling has become the perfect remedy. I enjoy the extra exercise and I see much more of the city than I did when I was trying to hail a cab or cram onto a subway car underground.
What bike do you ride?
A Linus Dutchie 1 in black with all the bells and whistles.
How do you handle bike storage in NYC?
I’m lucky enough to live in an elevator building with my own storage unit, so bike storage isn’t an issue for me. I try to be very careful when I lock it up outside. I have found that locking it up near a hotel gives added security. It helps when the doorman has a set of eyes on it.
Secret to rolling in comfort and style?
I hate being limited in what I want to wear, so having a step-through bike keeps that from being an issue. I tend to bring a second pair of shoes I change into when I get to work, especially if I’m in a hurry and need to get there faster. For me, a bag with a shoulder strap is key! I have a basket on my bike too; it’s helpful when I have a bit more to carry. It’s great because it’s removable, so I can carry it around when I need an extra bag.
What’s your favorite route or spot to visit by bicycle in NYC?
I love downtown Manhattan by the water. The ride is so much fun and scenic. I like hopping off the path and dipping into side streets. I find so many hidden gems around the city. Being on the bike makes it so easy to stop and go.
English Breakfast tea au laits from Kaffe 1668 on Greenwich Street always fill the cup holder on my handlebar.
If you could take a ride with anybody, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I love riding with friends. I think there is no better way to catch up and explore the city together. I love hopping off and grabbing a tea and a snack and getting back on my bike. Having a partner to ride with makes it so much more fun!
What’s the one thing NYC needs to do to get more people on bikes?
I think people need to be able to feel safer biking in the city. If we could have additional bike lanes, and more storage options in safer areas, I think people would feel better about actually taking their bikes out and using them. I am always pushing my friends to ride — you realize how enjoyable and easy it is when you finally get out there and try it.