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I Love Riding in the City

Name: Michael Green

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Occupation: Blogger, Filmmaker, Film/Television Technician

Where do you live and whatfs it like riding in your city?

Besides being an exhilarating life or death struggle of dodging vehicular traffic, NYC is the front line for cycling as a political act. Ever since the police declared war on our Critical Mass bike ride, it has been a five-year battle challenging the basic fundamentals of defending public space and free assembly. Besides the police constantly trying to spoil our fun on a bike, this town is still the best place to showcase urban bike culture, messenger culture, bike polo and an unlimited array of competitive bicycle sports both above and underground. I think it has something to do with what Old Blue eyes said about if you can make it here...

Whatfs your favorite city to ride in and why?

Las Vegas during Interbike. Because the bicycle is such an alien concept on the strip and I love to ride in cities where its stacked against the bicycle to fail. Its like riding on a giant tarmac, dodging Hummers, limos and cops with M-16fs, who tell you to ride on the sidewalk.

Why do you love riding in the city?

Because riding in the city is like some kind of badge of honor. Itfs mental as much as it is physical. There is such a vibrant community of cyclists here, growing everyday. You get to discover the best kept secret...that riding a bike is still the fastest and most efficient way to get around the city. Itfs the best place to launch world bicycle domination.

Every second I sit and wait for the overcrowded subway that never comes, as they threaten fair hikes, I regret not feeling the freedom of riding a fixed gear between two busses and living to tell about it, and thatfs just an average commute home.

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