Q&A: Jessica Mathews

John Ross, Columbus Alive

Jessica Mathews studied at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, then returned to Columbus to earn a degree in nuclear medicine technology. She, of course, works as a cycling advocate and in the prep kitchen for Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams. The cyclist shared more about pedaling down her own path.

Ireallystarted riding my bikein San Francisco. Everybody walks. Everybody bicycles. Everyone uses any kind of mode of transport except the car, pretty much. I've been bike commuting seriously back here for about seven years.

I donated my car to Volunteers of America like two months ago. For the longest time, I wasn't driving it, but it was like that sense that there's still a car in my parking lot. Two months ago, I said, "Screw it. Let me just do this and get it over with."

Different reporters ask me, "Why do you bike?" I look at them and say, "Why do you drive?" It's the same answer.

At Consider Biking, I am theSafe Routes to Schoolcoordinator. The program is to engage, educate and excite kids to get them to walk and bike to school in a safe manner.We're pretty much the on-foot resources for six schools on the West Side.

Over a year ago, I started Cbus Cycle Chic. I just started taking photos of people. There's such a huge difference when people dress for their destination - they don't put on Spandex and all that stuff for the journey. I want to keep in the forefront of people's heads that you don't need to have all of these different outfits.

I always wanted to get a part-time job at Jeni's. It just seemed so fun. A friend had overheard me, and she said, "Why don't you just apply in the kitchen?" I work evenings a few nights a week. I prep, make, pint. I do everything but write. My handwriting sucks.

I heard this somewhere, and I think about it everyday. If you were to die tomorrow, would you be remembered? It's a saying that I guess I live by, because I definitely want to be remembered for being passionate, pushy and determined.

Something that people might not know about me is that I can juggle.

Jessica Mathews

Age: 32

Day job: Safe Routes to School coordinator, Consider Biking

Neighborhood: German Village

Hometown: Columbus

Ride along

One of Jessica Mathews' main goals is to encourage women to bike. She said a good opportunity for ladies and gents to get on two wheels is the annual Festivus Ride. It starts at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Goodale Park in the Short North. For more info, visit cbuscyclechic.wordpress.com.