In an interview with a student reporter I gave this past weekend, I was asked to say what I like best about bicycling in Chicago.
I didn’t want to give an answer that would have been true about bicycling in any other city – the question was about here and not about riding a bike.Â My first answer may seem to disparage Chicago (maybe it won’t be printed…) but a few questions later I told the reporter I wanted to revisit this question.
My new answer put bicycling in Chicago in an extremely positive light and I was being entirely truthful:
What I like best about bicycling in Chicago is the existence of many and diverse subcultures. I mentioned that you can find a group of people who like riding fixed gear bikes, or find a group of parents who ride with their children, or even a group of cargo bike owners (actually, this subculture hasn’t taken off yet – I need to work on that). There are also group rides for every occasion, including one on Sunday for May Day, the Haymarket Ride to Union Park
I felt relieved that I was able to eventually answer this question. I didn’t want to leave the interview telling the reporter that I didn’t like anything about bicycling IN Chicago.
The 2010 Perimeter Ride rolls out after a late dinner at Superdawg. Photo by Eric Rogers.