I Love Riding in the City
NAME: Emilien Colin
LOCATION: Lausanne, Switzerland
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Lausanne in Switzerland, near Geneva. It’s fun to ride in my city because there are a lot of streets which are quite hilly and steep, but what I prefer is riding along the lake and enjoying the 160 km of cycle path. There is a difference in elevation of 525 m between the top of the city and the lake. Only courageous riders can ride up these slopes.
In Lausanne, there is also a small community of riders which has become bigger and bigger. We play bike polo (Geneva won the ECMC Bike Polo Tournament last year), participate in alleycats, Critical Mass and anything related to biking.
Switzerland is trying to be eco-friendly. For example, if you go to Basel or Zürich, there aren’t any cars downtown: you’ll find only bikes or a tramway.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I haven’t had the opportunity to ride in many cities but two years ago I visited New York and its long avenues felt like a paradise for fixies.
Why do you love riding in the city?
It is a fast means of transportation and it is environmentally friendly, good for the health, cheap and pleasant.