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I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Jjay Ali aka Kat
LOCATION: Singapore
OCCUPATION: Service Manager / also part of PEONFX

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in a tiny island in Southeast Asia called Singapore. It’s a concrete jungle—one big city with so much to see. The city changes fast, with new buildings emerging every now and then. Here in Singapore, there are no bicycle lanes, so you are practically part of the massive traffic. Despite that, it’s easy to get around and the roads are in good condition.

Why do you love riding in the city?
There’s so much to see in the city. The traffic is never the same, and there are always new routes to learn. I tend not to notice how long I’ve been riding as I watch the surroundings (at the same time looking out for the crazy traffic).

I am more aware, my senses are alert and I can just go with the flow when I’m on my bicycle. I absorb the scenery of the city—the skylines, the city lights, the building shadows combine with the sound of horns and the occasional return gestures to rude motorists.

Whether I ride alone or with the usual awesome crowd, each ride is full of excitement and surprises. I have curious bystanders asking about my bike, why do I ride on such hot days, what makes me want to ride when our public transport is good, isn’t it dangerous for a girl to ride alone in the city… The list goes on.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city…
To me, riding is a form of relaxation. It releases stress. An escape from hectic schedules and daily routines. It’s never boring to ride in the city. I don’t have to get stuck in a crowded train or in the bus. Or get bored in the taxi. Whenever I’m riding, I know that I am not in a rush to get anywhere in particular.

There are no social or work commitments when I’m out with my bike. Unfortunately, I don’t get to ride everyday, so whenever I am on my bicycle, I feel free.

I do hope for one thing though—that motorists would have more respect towards cyclists, and not to think that we are a road menace.

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