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NAME: Kaytea Petro

LOCATION: San Francisco

OCCUPATION: Marketing Director

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

I live in San Francisco, so hills and headwind are always part of my reality. Despite these facts, since moving back to the US from China seven years ago, I’ve supplanted the bulk of my city car trips with bike trips because its much easier to ride in the city than to drive or take the bus. Being on my bike, I’m out, I’m connected with my neighbors and fellow citizens and I get to see the city at my pace. Pushing into the wind through the Panhandle home, I see folks playing music, bike polo and walking their dogs.

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

The first city I bike commuted in was Beijing in 1998. At the time it wasn’t so polluted and the bike lanes were still primarily used for bikes, so it was a fast cheap way to get around. Unfortunately, Beijing isn’t what it used to be, people barely bike any more; the cars are the cause of so many problems there.

Why do you love riding in the city?

I love hearing the sounds of the city.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?

I love riding the city.

Hearing the loud, quietly

Don’t matter

Nor do they.

Quiet city

On my ride home.

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