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I Love Riding in the City – Fourfivesix


NAME: Jared “fourfivesix” Schwartz
OCCUPATION: Bike Messenger

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
Boston, and riding there, well, its like riding a bike in Boston.  Its like nothing else.  Being able to navigate that city like I can is like being part of a secret society.  And its a rush like no other.  Its dangerous, and I love it.  I leave my house every morning, not knowing if I’m gonna make it home alive.  But when I get home, I feel like a fucking warrior.  And thats exactly what I am, a Boston Bike Messenger, a warrior.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
Philadelphia, without a doubt.  I can’t say enough about how great that city is.  And its not just the riding either, the food, the drinks, and most of all, the people.  Riding around there feels like home everytime.  The second you roll into that city on a bike, you’re bound to make countless friends, far cooler than the ones you have wherever you came from.

Why do you love riding in the city?
Because its who I am, and its the only way to move.  I fly through traffic like a phoenix out of the ashes.  I zip past people locked in their cars and I feel nothing but pride in myself, in the way I ride, and the way I live.  Its one thing to ride a bike, but to navigate, to conquer an urban debacle like Boston makes me feel like I can do anything.  I rely on nothing but myself and my steel steed.  The apocalypse will have nothing on me.

Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city… Poetry anyone?
I ride so damn fast
No one knows how I do it
This city is mine

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