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I Love Riding in the City

NAME: Liman Zhao

LOCATION: Beijing, China

OCCUPATION: Consultant

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

I live in Beijing and I’ve been riding a bike in this city since I was a small child. Old Beijing was a maze of hutongs (alleyways) and I loved the freedom that the bike gave me to explore. Now Beijing is a city full of cars but the bike is still the best way to get around. Some of the hutongs still exist, reminding me of the fun and freedom of my childhood days.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?

Beijing, of course. It’s flat, it’s mostly dry and there are still an amazing number of bike lanes here. Taking shortcuts through the quiet hutongs and back streets is still cool.

Why do you love riding in the city?

It makes the most sense. I keep fit, I feel part of the city because I can see, hear and smell what’s going on in the streets. I always arrive on time and I’m proud to turn up on a bike as opposed to the status quo here in Beijing—a gas guzzling, space wasting, air polluting car!

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