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I Love Riding in the City – Cassandra

commuteroutfitNAME: Cassandra
OCCUPATION: Customer Service/Inside Sales at Saris Cycling Group

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

Madison, Wisconsin has been my home for almost 10 years. The riding here is amazing. There’s a great network of dedicated bike paths and lanes. The network keeps on expanding as well. New pedestrian/bike bridges and bike lanes are popping up every year.

The riding is pretty flat and easy going in the downtown area, but there are some pretty gnarly hills out westward of the city and near the state capitol building.

One of my favorite things about living here is that within a 15-20 minute ride, you can get out of the city and experience the rolling hills of the drift less region. Not to mention the smooth rolling on the rail trails.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Any city that has a bike share. It’s so much more convenient to see the city by bike and not have to pay the travel fees associated with bringing your own bike.

San Francisco, Portland, Chicago, and the Twin Cities have all been great places to visit due to their bike share systems. I base a lot of my vacations around what cities offer bike shares or have good bike shops.

Why do you love riding in the city?
I really love the seeing the diversity of riders on the bike paths. You have roadies, tri geeks, hardcore commuters, fixie kids, and retired folks on their recumbent bikes.

There’s nothing better than seeing all the cycling tribes that reside in the city. So many people benefit from our bike infrastructure. It makes me feel really lucky to live in a city that embraces cycling.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
There are so many people out there who think that riding in the city is dangerous or stupid, but if you actually take the time to learn how to ride safely and intelligently…it can be a really great experience.

Cycling in a new city is also one of the best ways to get around and discover things you never would have seen by bus or taxi. On your next trip, rent a bike!

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