Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Why I Bike: Pete

When did you learn to ride your bike? Who taught you?
My father taught me to ride a bike when I was six years old.

In what city and state do you live?
Boston, Mass.

What is the biking culture like there?
Our city's bike culture is as diverse as the city itself, only differing from community to community in how organized or cohesive it is. We have Vietnamese fishermen riding on the coast, African American road riding clubs, a bike-a-thon based in Chinatown and just a huge variety of people who ride a bike.

What kind of bike (or bikes) do you have?
Mostly old 70s and 80s road bikes set up in different ways, and cargo bikes for heavier loads.

How often do you ride your bike?
Several times a day.

Do you have a bike story?
I moved to Boston in 2001 and it was the first city I lived in where I experience a deep and vibrant bike culture. But I experienced being a hit by car and noticed that was not uncommon amongst my friends, and in 2004 an acquaintance of mine was killed in Lower Allston after coasting out into the street off of a steep foot bridge into a faded out crosswalk with no stop sign. It was the first time I really recognized the power of street design to save lives. Since then I have been active as a reporter and now an organizer for safer cycling policy and infrastructure.

I wish drivers...
Would all be taught how to ride a bicycle in the fifth grade, so they could empathize with and understand what it is like from a riders perspective.

I would ride my bike even more if...
I didn't have to work for a living.

My favorite piece of bike gear is
My full fenders so my suit won't get messed up in a rain storm.

Do you ride your bike in all weather?

Do you own a car?

I mostly ride my bike ___
To get around town.

Do you think of biking as legitimate transportation?

My favorite thing about riding my bike....
Experiencing the city directly. The wind, the people I can stop and chat with, and the ability to wander aimlessly.

The coolest trip I’ve done on my bike….
Mountain biked across the Rockies when I was 17.

The bike trip I’m dying to do…
The one where I pack up all my belongings and go where my heart takes me.

Does your house/apt/work have special accommodations that make biking more feasible?
My house has a basement with a door at street level and plenty of storage space, including a rack we can hang our bikes from and a bike shop.

Thanks Pete!

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