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NAME: Amanda
LOCATION: Adelaide Australia

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in the big “town” of Adelaide Australia, population 1.1 million. Adelaide is a city of surprising contrasts. We celebrate health, fitness and lycra with the Tour Down Under in January, and then all things unhealthy and bogan in April with car racing. Adelaide is a relatively cycling-friendly place. There is a linear path, which runs from the base of the hills in the east to a popular stretch of coast in the west. There are cycle paths through the north and south of the inner city, and “bike-direct” paths, which allow cross traversal further afield.

Why do you love riding in the city?
There is nothing better than the buzz that I get from getting to work each day on a bike. It makes me feel alive and ready for anything. I love looking out the window from my desk at my bike and counting down the hours until I get to saddle up and take off again. I love racing the train each day as I pass over the railway tracks three times on my 20km trip. I love passing a line up of cars and going straight through the lights at peak hour. I love catching up with friends for a fast ride along a road I have never been on before and stopping for coffee before I head home. I love going for a ride through the forest with the family. I love tan lines. What’s not to love about bikes and bike riding?

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city…
Australia has a growing cycling culture and more and more workplaces encourage riding to work. By pure numbers of growth in recreational cyclist numbers, and the people with membership in cycling and triathlon clubs throughout the country, more and more politicians are getting on-board with the benefits to themselves, and the community, of promoting cycling.
I live in a country where bike sales outnumber car sales. How cool is that?


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