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I Love Riding in the City – Piotr

NAME: Piotr
LOCATION: Warsaw, Poland
OCCUPATION: IT Administrator

Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Warsaw . Officially 2 millions people lived here but i think this number is underestimate. Traffic is high especially when workers and pupils go to offices and schools. So in the morning and early evening main streets are jammed. Public transport is quite effective but “nothing compares to simple pleasure of a bike ride”. In bad circumstances to reach the place of my work by bus takes me about 2 hours, by bike – 30 minutes.

What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
In addition to the Warsaw I ridden in Berlin. Awareness and care of other who use road in Berlin impressed me. It was like “haven” for cyclists. But in the longer term could be boring.

Why do you love riding in the city?
Because of small amount and poor quality of bike paths I ride in traffic. Sometimes it’s very dangerous. I have to be focused, to have eyes in the back of the head and predict the behavior of other drivers. I have to be here and now – without thinking. I love it, especially after a hard day at work!

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