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LeBron James Bikes to Work “All the Time”

Posted By Ben Fried On January 30, 2012 @ 12:54 pm In Athletes and Celebrities,Bicycling | 11 Comments


Photo: @jackNruth/Twitter [2] via @MikeLydon [3]

This Twitter photo of LeBron James biking to American Airlines Arena before facing off against Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls last night has gone viral on sports news sites all over America.

There are some interesting sociological currents swirling around LeBron James, bike commuter. While the photographer labeled James a “manchild” [2] for taking to Miami’s none-too-friendly streets on a bike, the prevailing sentiment in the ESPN comments section [4] seems to be that the sight of LeBron riding to work will help rehab his public image.

After the Heat edged the Bulls, James told reporters in the locker room that bike commuting is pretty routine for him. In fact, he seems to enjoy talking about the bike ride more than the basketball game:

LeBron’s best-known link to cycling is the charity “Bikeathon” [5] he founded in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, which he still puts on every spring.

The Heat forward isn’t as vocal about his modal proclivities as say, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie [6], but he sure has a higher pulpit if he ever chooses to speak up about street safety. Our friends at Transit Miami [7] are hoping LeBron the bike commuter can quicken the pace of change in south Florida: “Maybe now we can get some Lebron-sized bicycle lanes.”

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[1] Image: http://www.streetsblog.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/lebron_bike.jpg

[2] @jackNruth/Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/jackNruth/status/163733009877569536/photo/1/large

[3] @MikeLydon: https://twitter.com/#!/MikeLydon/status/163854751681871872

[4] the ESPN comments section: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/miamiheat/post/_/id/12054/lebron-james-really-rode-his-bike-to-the-game

[5] the charity “Bikeathon”: http://www.ohio.com/news/lebron-james-changes-focus-of-bikeathon-1.223950

[6] Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie: http://www.streetsblog.org/2008/08/08/orioles-pitcher-throws-a-high-hard-one-at-car-commuting/

[7] Transit Miami: http://www.facebook.com/transitmiami#!/transitmiami/posts/337652942931901

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