NAME: Julian “Jungleman” Valencia Suescun
LOCATION: Columbus, OH
OCCUPATION: Pedicab driver
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
Riding’s been popular, but is gaining incredible momentum in our city. The city’s been putting up more bike parking around the city and bars to accommodate not only all the daytime commuters and bikers but the night crowd too. We also have a Monday night ride where all cyclists get together from all over and do a 25-mile bike ride throughout the city. The rides are probably one of the best perks of cycling in Columbus, everyone’s considerate and friendly, many times we’ll get way over 100 cyclists, and everyone’s only intention is to go out and ride.
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I’m originally from Medellin Colombia where professional cycling is huge. My dream ride would be to race the brutal Tour de Colombia through the Andes. Columbus is nice because it’s relatively flat so even a novice can go on longer rides, but nothing beats the view off the Andes!
Why do you love riding in the city?
When I’m not working on the pedicab l’ll take out one of my Treks downtown late at night when it’s absolutely empty, you get the well-lit wide streets all to yourself as fast and aggressive as you want to go. Other areas like our short north area are fun at night to maneuver through the hustle and bustle, and people at the bars are biker friendly.
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