I Love Riding in the City
LOCATION: Barcelona, Spain
OCCUPATION: Bicycle Rental Shop
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I’ve been living in Barcelona for the past three years. It’s a very bike friendly city—lots of cycle lanes, chilled-out drivers, a good climate and stunning scenery. I lived in London before moving here so all of these things were a welcome change.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I would have to say Barcelona. It’s a compact city, you’re never more than 30 minutes ride from anything so its very accessible by bike. There’s an impressive variety of scenery, from the ordered grid system of L’Eixample to the narrow winding streets of the Barri Gotic and the village feel of Gracia. There aren’t many days that can’t be improved by a ride along the seafront. Then there’s the Parc de Collserola overlooking the city, at 8000 hectares it’s the largest metropolitan park in the world and has a great network of bike trails.
Why do you love riding in the city?
For me there’s no better way to explore a new place. You can access everywhere that you can on foot but you can cover more ground, and being on a bike seems to bring out my inner 11 year-old. The other day I got chased by an attendant for riding my bike in his car park. I’m 38.
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