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I Love Riding in the City – Pamela Murray

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NAME: Pamela Murray
LOCATION: Charlotte, NC
OCCUPATION: Founder of the Charlotte Spokes People

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Charlotte, NC. I live in Plaza Midwood which is an older neighborhood about 3 miles from Uptown (the center of the city). I can ride everywhere and do everything by bike. I like to get other people riding bikes to places so I started the Plaza Midwood Tuesday Night Ride then I started signing businsesses up to the Bicycle Benefits program. Each week, we visit and support local businesses who support bicycle riding by offering anyone who rides to their business a special offer. It’s a great cycle of support. I figure if I can get people to ride at night to great bike friendly places and make it fun, they may bike more often on their own. I ride year round and host the ride year round. The weather is great and the terrain is flat to rolling hills.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
My favorite city to ride in is my own since I can ride my own bike. When I’ve ridden in other cities, it was always a rental which is never as good. And I’m more familiar with my own city.

Why do you love riding in the city?
I can go everywhere and do anything on my bike – especially since I got my Burley Travoy trailer. I can do a week’s worth of grocery shopping, bring home my Christmas tree… Even before the trailer, I could strap most things on my rack – a sled, sleeping bag, banners… I ride my bike as my default transportation. I drive as an alternative or when I’m going somewhere with my entire family. I love the freedom and empowerment and the level of enagagement I feel with the community, outdoors, myself when I’m riding my bike.

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