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Personality Test: BikePGH director Scott Bricker

| Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Scott Bricker is unrelenting in his mission. As executive director and one of the founders of BikePGH, the Lawrenceville-based bicycle advocacy group, Bricker constantly tries to improve the lot of two-wheeled travelers. Whether it is working with the city, the state's new Pennsylvania Bikes and Walks group, or planning events to spread awareness of cycling, Bricker wants everyone to know bicycling is more than a recreation; it is a form of transportation that is valid for commuting and running errands as well.

Bricker, 33, is a native of Chippewa, Beaver County, who graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1999 with a degree in public policy and management and a focus on environmental issues. He then bicycled cross-country, ended up in San Francisco and began his career there.

After about two years, he returned to Pittsburgh and was a key in the founding the BikePGH in 2002.

Under Bricker's guidance, the group has taken on an ever-growing advocacy role.

The star who would play me in the movie version of my life and why:

Russell Crowe. Why do you think he was here riding his bike all over Pittsburgh a few months back•

Childhood hero and why:

Han Solo. He made the Kessel Run in the Millennium Falcon less than 12 parsecs.

Pick one:

A. Jack Bauer of "24"

B. Angus MacGyver of "MacGyver"

C. James West of "Wild, Wild West"

D. Sydney Bristow of "Alias"

B. I think I saw him make a helicopter out of a bicycle once. I swear.

In five years, I'd like to:

Ride my bike from D.C. to Pittsburgh without getting stuck at Sandcastle

My favorite thing about Pittsburgh is:

The topography

If the TV is on at 2 a.m., I'm watching:

The TV is never on at 2 a.m., and since I only get five channels and two of them are weird QVC-style programs I can't imagine anything good being on.

Star I'd like to dance with on "Dancing with the Stars":

Michelle Obama

Three people I'd love to have dinner with:

Ray LaHood (Secretary of Transportation), Janette Sadik-Khan (NYC DOT commissioner), and Jan Gehl (Gehl Architects)

After a long day, I like to relax with a (pick one):

1. Martini

2. Cold beer

3. Cabernet

4. Herbal tea

5. Hot chocolate

6. Red Bull

2. Preferably an IPA

My quirkiest inherited trait:

Mental telepathy

My best bar sport:

A. Pool

B. Darts

C. Air hockey

D. Beer pong

E. Other ____________________________

E. Foosball. I crush at foosball.

My favorite sandwich, plus fixings:

Tuna melt, hot peppers, lettuce, tomato, spinach, honey mustard, on Italian bread

One word your mother would use to describe you:

Stubborn

Celebrity crush:

Penelope Cruz

The oldest thing in my refrigerator is:

Scallions

My required snack in a movie theater is:

Popcorn with M&Ms

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

A marine biologist

Musical instrument I wish I could play:

Piano

My favorite comfort food:

Mac and cheese

Exercise I hate most:

Running on a treadmill

Vegetable I won't eat:

Fennel

I'm deathly afraid of:

Spiders

If I was auditioning for "American Idol," my song would be:

"Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers

The first band I saw in concert (when and where):

Styx. Civic Arena. Maybe '83 or '84.

TV marathon you could watch all day and why:

"Twin Peaks." David Lynch's made-for-network-television show is creepy, funny, incredibly strange and very fun to watch.

Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:

16th Street Bridge

Saturday mornings you'll find me:

Running with the best running group ever

Best new gadget I've tried recently.

My girlfriend's Garmin running watch

The person I'm most often mistaken for:

Tom Cruise. Too bad he's such a weirdo.

In high school, I was:

Well-liked, but dateless

The most famous person I ever became friends with:

I was sort of friends with Zach Quinto as an undergrad.

My most recent eBay purchase:

Can't remember. Probably some bike parts.

Pick one:

1. "Survivor"

2. "Top Chef"

3. "The Amazing Race"

4. "Deal or No Deal"

3. "The Amazing Race." I think I would be really good at it, and would be entertaining to watch. I hope "The Amazing Race" producers are reading this.

The movie that always makes me cry:

"The Big Lebowski." Strong men also cry.

My most treasured fashion accessory is:

My cork grips and Wald basket

What you'll always find in my panniers (bike saddlebags):

Some cycling gloves, a multitool, a patch kit, a notebook, windbreaker, and probably my laptop

My most embarrassing junk food:

Other than pork rinds, there is no such thing as embarrassing junk food. My personal favorite are the chocolate chip single-bake cookies from TJs. They are the bomb.

The last book I read:

"On Chesil Beach" by Ian McEwan

It's not pizza without:

A crispy, delicious crust

My favorite Pittsburgh pizza:

Wood-fired: Piccolo Forno. Slices: Aiellos.

Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:

"Rushmore"

My favorite Web site:

bike-pgh.org

My most memorable fashion mistake:

1995-96. Size XL shirts, ginormous jeans.

If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:

I wouldn't want to live my life as anyone else.

My childhood nickname was:

Lil Brick. My brother, Jeff, was "Brick."

My favorite "bad" movie is:

"Starship Troopers"

My best karaoke song:

"Purple Rain"

My first job:

Maintenance guy at the Beaver County Airport

My worst job:

Maintenance guy at the Beaver County Airport

The song that always gets me out on the dance floor and why:

Prince - "Kiss." If you can resist dancing to this song you must be dead.

Life would be better without:

Potholes and aggressive drivers

If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:

The Pixies on their "Doolittle" tour and Sonic Youth after they released "Dirty"

I never travel without my:

Towel

People would be surprised to know that I:

Actually own a car

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