Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Erica, Lakefront trail at Division, Chicago, IL

Erica rides a Peugeot Carbolite 103 from A Nearly New Shop

Where are you going? I'm about to sit down with a book to read by the lake and enjoy the nice weather.
What are you wearing? A shirt I got at Forever 21, black skinny jeans from Gap, and my bleach-stained purple Vans sneakers.
Make/model color of your bike, and where you got it? I have a blue Peugeot Carbolite 103 from A Nearly New Shop.

Why ride? I got tired of having to rely on public transportation all the time. After two semesters of taking the red line to school every day, I grew very impatient with its unreliability. It’s also my first summer living in Chicago and my school doesn’t distribute U-Passes to students taking classes over the summer. I realized biking would be a good solution to my frustrations towards taking public transportation and would also be a good way to get around without having to pay for the CTA.
Favorite ride? I’m very new to biking in the city, but so far I really love the lakefront trail, especially when it’s not very busy.
While riding you . . .? I’m very careful about watching for any cars, pedestrians, potholes, etc. I just started riding in the city about a week ago, so I’m still getting the hang of things, including the gearshift on my bike, which is very new to me as a person who’s used to riding mountain bikes.
How can Chicago improve bike infrastructure or make Chicago more bike friendly? More bike lanes and paths would be great. And it would also be nice if they’d fix the potholes, especially the ones on the bike trails. They should also try to better educate drivers and bikers about road safety.
Have any tips for new cyclists like yourself? Google maps can really help you plan a safe route when you’re getting around in the city, especially if you're new to it like I am

1 comment:

  1. A summery herald of the season's delights.