Peter Thorne, professor and head of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health in the University of Iowa College of Public Health, is a cyclingenthusiast.
“When I was a kid, I loved the independence of biking wherever and whenever I had someplace to go,” says Thorne, who is also the director of the UI’s Environmental Health Sciences Research Center. “I did not have the patience to wait for a bus. I usually biked to school with books and a trumpet in my backpack. I still enjoy being able to get where I am going fast and withouthassle.”
Thorne encourages biking, he says, because life is complicated, but biking issimple.
“Don’t like traffic and parking and buying gas? Ride a bike. Stay fit, help the planet, reduce your carbon footprint.