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I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Pugatch is 49x18
LOCATION: Scummerville, MA 02143 represent’n
OCCUPATION: Group Home Supervisor for Troubled Teenage Girls

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

Riding in Boston is intense, I can’t compare it to other cities because I always rode in the ‘burbs before moving here. In six months I’ve been hit twice, and made at least 50 drivers shit themselves with close calls. The famous Right Hook minus turn signal and plus cell phone is a constant annoyance. Taxis are pretty respectful even commenting on bike bling; it’s the busses you have to watch out for, they’re out for blood. Nothing beats sprinting through downtown dodging tourists on a summer afternoon.

What’s been your favorite city to ride in, and why?

Not really a most memorable city, but area. I rode across the state of Massachusetts as part of the Mass Red Ribbon Ride, 175 miles over two days to raise money for AIDS research and education. My friend’s mother just died of AIDS that year and it was a very emotional experience but rewarding especially in the mountains when I kept up with all the “roadies” and to see their faces at me riding fixed and bombing down mile long descents while they coasted.

Why do you love riding in the city?

I love riding in the city because of the constant stimuli. In the countryside there’s plenty of wooded roads and a car passes maybe once an hour but in the city every second requires attention, judgment, and skill; I was told riding a bicycle decreases the chances of Alzheimer’s, I can see why. And of course, there’s always the benefit of getting places faster than if you used a car or public transportation without having to find parking or pay a fee.

Poetry Anyone?

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue… Your SUV cut me off, With a U-Lock I’ll smash you!

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