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I Love Riding in the City – Nancy Wilson

Name: Nancy Wilson
Location: Jacksonville Florida
Occupation: Writer, photographer, recording artist

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

Jacksonville is a GREAT place for riding, because the weather’s suitable all year, and it has some great bike lanes and trails. It’s also spread out and easy to avoid lots of traffic.
It’s both a great practical way to get around AND stay healthy. I live on a WIDE street with a bike lane.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
I raced USCF road and track for 14 seasons in my youth, so I’ve ridden everywhere, even a fixed gear in the Rockies in a full moon Rocky Mountain winter! I think my favorite city to ride in is Ventura California, or specifically the Rincon Parkway that runs along the ocean north of there. Absolutely beautiful!

Why do you love riding in the city?
I love that bikes have finally come into their own and are recognized as transportation, and it sure is nice to finally live in someplace warm most of the year. I’m from Indiana originally. I was wearing a “Bicycles Don’t Pollute” League of American Wheelmen t-shirt to high school 40 years ago, and I’ve always been an environmentalist. I loved being a part of the great Renaissance of cycling in the early ’70′s, but now it’s more about transportation.
I always still prefer to pedal when I can, but if the old arthritis kicks up or I’m tired otherwise, I also now have two motorized bicycles that really allow me to keep the car parked most of the time!

See my video channel under “harponercam” at youtube.

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  1. Jon in MandarinMarch 26, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    This is the 2nd person I’ve seen on here who says “Jacksonville is a great place to ride” bla bla bla. I live in J-ville and I’d LOVE to know where these people are riding that they aren’t getting buzzed, honked at, stuff thrown at them from moving cars, or run off the road. I’d also love to know where all these bike lanes are. Last time i checked, Jax was still the 5th most dangerous cycling city in the U.S. (Bicycling magazine). Don’t sugar-coat it, it’s scary out here!

  2. John in San MarcoMarch 26, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    @Jon in Mandarin….

    That’s not in the city, thats some garbage suburb pretending to be a city.

  3. Jon in MandarinApril 22, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Ok, so San Marco is a 10 mile stroll for me and the quickest route is straight up San Jose Blvd, yet the City Of Jacksonville (which incorporated Mandarin, San Marco, Springfield, Riverside, etc. under one city council back in 1963) has yet to complete the San Jose bike lanes. The lanes were existing parking lanes that only needed to be painted. Instead, the lanes were torn up in January and remain too rough and jagged to ride safely, some 4 months later. The Neighborhood of San Marco is a nice neighborhood yet Jax still sucks. Maybe a residential tax on historic districts in Jax would help the budget. Then they could afford to fix the bike lanes and I could save 3 miles on my trip (and avoid Philips Highway or University Blvd.) the next time I ride out to see you. Until then, keep the rubber side down and be careful out there. Especially riding through those nice traffic circles on San Marco Blvd…

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