Residents participated in Howard County Bike to Work Day on Friday where they biked to work instead of driving or taking public transportation.
By Jess Nocera
Jun 01, 2018 | 11:30 AM
In his early Columbia days, Khan participated in clinical trials at the Psychiatric Institute of Washington, was in vocational training at Humanim in Columbia, and took classes at Howard Community College.
But the medications he was prescribed came with severe side effects.
So in 2001, at age 29, Khan discovered his own path to improved mental health and his niche in Columbia when he tossed his medications and took up biking.
“The biking makes him so happy; it’s helped him a lot,” Shahida Khan says.
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He is proud of the Columbia Bike Guy Facebook page followed by more than 4,800 fans — where his mother posts links to media stories and videos about him.
Khan hopes someone will name a highway after him.
He dreams big about becoming a suicide counselor or a “clean” standup comedian like David Ferrell and Brian Regan. Sometimes, Khan does pantomimes and walks funny, he says, because “it’s fun” to practice comedy routines.
In 2011 — about the time he traded wearing his signature Mohawk hat for a bike helmet — Khan wrote to Guinness World Records about setting a new record for days cycled in a row and mileage.
In his mid 40s, Khan has missed some days biking due to illness and an injury (his days-in-a-row tally stops in July 2016) and he’s started taking a single medication. But his mileage continues to mount as he sends “alohas” and wishes for “peace” to his friends along Broken Land Parkway and in Columbia.