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I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Christopher Plaskett

LOCATION: Brooklyn, NY

OCCUPATION: Interactive Producer

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?

Living in Brooklyn and working in Manhattan makes for an interesting commute. There are pretty awesome bike lanes in Brooklyn, and though they don’t evaporate when you hit Manhattan, there’s definitely a lot more competition with cars to get places. Though there’s a pretty awesome bike-friendly infrastructure that’s expanding, a lot of drivers either think bikes are a menace or simply don’t notice or acknowledge them. Strangely, a lot of pedestrians seem to feel the same way, and they’ll often step out in front of a cyclist without looking at all.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?

San Francisco is absolutely brilliant for riding—something that one might not suspect given its infamous hills. The bike lanes are pretty incredible, there are great trails through the park, and there are even provisions for utilizing public transit with your bike in tow!

Why do you love riding in the city?

There’s something that makes you feel powerful and free in a way that—for me, at least—hasn’t existed since I first started riding as a kid. And in NYC, you can frequently get places much faster on a bike than you can in a car or on a train, and the experience is so much better!

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city…

There are few things that are as much fun as they are functional. City riding is definitely at the top of my list.

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