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I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Sara Marshall
LOCATION: Columbus, GA
OCCUPATION: Cosmetology Assistant

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Columbus, GA. It’s a fairly large town with its share of hills and ignorant drivers, which makes for a very interesting ride no matter what. We have a 22-mile river walkway that is a popular spot for cyclists as well. A new bike trail (used to be a railroad) opened up that cuts through Columbus, so that’s an added convenience, and perfect for quiet weeknight rides.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I loved riding in Atlanta, because the drivers we encountered were more considerate and used to cyclists on the road. The bike lanes were an added bonus.

Why do you love riding in the city?
In Columbus, there is a lot of urban sprawl, but at the same time a variety of wildlife makes its home close to civilization. Some nights you come close to hitting an armadillo, and others you have to avoid possums and snakes. My friends and I even spotted an alligator one spring night. I love having something interesting to look for when I’m out on a ride.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city…
A bicycle shop named Incognito that specializes in fixies opened a little over a year ago in downtown Columbus. I love the people there and the willingness to share parts and ideas, plus it’s the gathering spot for nightly rides.

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