I Love Riding in the City
NAME: Stephen Sammons
LOCATION: Bristol, VA
OCCUPATION: “The Disabled Cyclist”
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
My family and I moved to Bristol last summer after a house fire claimed our out-in-the-country home. Being disabled, I don’t have a work commute now-a-days, but I’m discovering how sweet it is to leave the car parked and make grocery and bill paying runs by bike with a trailer.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I suppose Bristol, my current home, would be my favorite. I’ve ridden in a few cities back in my long haul trucking days but I’ve really been able to explore the city here by bike and I feel reasonably safe to do so. Plus, this is the only city I’ve had the awesome experience of having the kiddos ride with me.
Why do you love riding in the city?
Besides feeling the awesomeness of not driving everywhere, I’m teaching my kids both the sheer joy and satisfaction of getting there under our own power. I’m also teaching them a more responsible way to commute, a more sustainable way, a more healthy way.
Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
While I will always crave tight, technical singletrack, I find that my mountain bikes collect dust rather than trail scars as I put miles on my road bike more. I even now have a couple folding bikes that are awesome for multimodal exploration of farther out, like neighboring cities
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