The magazine Urban VÃ©lo features cool people in every issue who filled out this form. I don’t want to miss any opportunity to become famous in print! Here are my answers to the form:
Where do you live and whatâ€™s it like riding in your city?
I live in Bridgeport, a cool neighborhood a couple miles south of the Loop. I love riding in the city, but preferably at night when fewer people are driving. Weekends are annoying because the traffic changes – shopping is the name of the game and it makes for a different transportation environment. I want the city to construct protected bike lanes.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Portland, Oregon. Because there were so many other people riding. Riding a bike to get around was the normal thing to do – I didn’t get honked at or told to ride on the sidewalk. The grocery store I visited had their bike parking with 10 feet of the entrance. I was riding with a crowd of other bike people biking at 1 AM on a weekday.
(Dang it, now I’m wondering if New York City was my favorite city to ride in. NYCDOT has been throwing down bike lanes left and right in all boroughs for 4 years straight now. But I think Portland wins out because of its calm.)
Why do you love riding in the city?
It’s a lot easier than riding in the suburbs.
Or just say whatever you want about riding in the cityâ€¦ Poetry anyone?
If you need a ride, I’ll give you a seat on the back of my Yuba Mundo. No charge.
I submitted this photo with my application.
As far as bicycle magazines I know about go, they can be compared to conditions of the city like so:
- Suburbs – Bicycling Magazine – boring, bland, the same every month. Thumbs down.
- Urban – Momentum Magazine – diversity, families, becoming a more popular and convenient place to live. Thumbs up.
- Hyperlocal – Urban VÃ©lo – getting down to the nitty gritty, who lives here? who lives there? who does what? Thumbs up.