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I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Melanie Marsh
OCCUPATION: Pedicab Driver

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Key West, which is an island city. It isn’t big but it’s dense. Here most people sit up nice and tall on their bicycles. We ride slow and easy so as not to spill our cafe con leches.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Longtan, Taiwan. I had a 26km round trip ride to work every day. There was so much going on during that ride —steep long climbs, delivery trucks running me off the road, six way intersections, bike hating dogs chasing, and then suddenly I’d be riding through a beautiful rice paddy or a tea field—all in the same ride!

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city…
I love being outside, using the breeze rather than the air conditioner to stay cool. I love that my mood is always cheerier after a bicycle ride. I love that my son believes going everywhere on a bicycle is normal. I love that I never have to look for or pay for parking.

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