Boston Bike Story

Boston Bike Story: Salvador, Jamaica Plain

“I’ve been riding a bike in Boston since I moved here 19 years ago from Guatemala. I like biking because it seems to be the quickest way to get around, because I can go places outside of where T lines take me, and because I usually feel good while I’m riding. I have been hit…

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Boston Bike Story: Matthew Coker

“I started riding ten years ago, at least. “A little background is that I am Trinidadian and love listening to music such as soca, calypso, and reggae. “I bike because it is good for your health, it’s good exercise, and to commute. I also volunteer for group rides, from leading them to being a marshal.…

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Boston Bike Story: Genesis Perez

I started biking back in Guatemala when I was around six years old. I got into an accident where I broke an arm, so I never got back on a bike until this year.  Bluebikes has helped my commute, and my finances by allowing me to save some money. That’s most important to me during…

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Boston Bike Story: Sarah Kimball

When/why did you start riding a bike to work? I’m a primary care physician at Boston Medical Center, and I co-direct BMC’s Immigrant & Refugee Health Center. I’ve lived in Boston for about 11 years, and I’ve always biked to school and work. It is the perfect addition to my life. I get exercise, and I generally…

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Boston Bike Story: Eliana Golding

How do you identify? I am a queer woman, I am white, I am a daughter, sister, pal, student, and I guess I’m an organizer. Those are the things that are important to me. Oh, man! I’m also Jewish!  I just love biking. And I also like, I don’t particularly identify with bike culture. I…

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Boston Bike Story: Angel

How did you start biking?  I started riding at a young age, about six years old. Most of the time, I’d ride around with my cousin. They’re the one that taught me [how to ride]. My favorite at the time were BMX bikes. My uncle taught me how to take apart bikes and put them…

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Boston Bike Story: Gabriel Mendez, South End

Boston Cyclists Union: How did you start working as a messenger?  Gabriel Mendez: Well, I started working as a messenger in Colombia 7 years ago. Did you know that Bogota is the heart of biking in South America? [A massive open streets event called] Ciclovia started in Bogota 40 years ago! Bike Party also exists…

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Boston Bike Story: Abi

“It started with me and my friends playing basketball around the neighborhood. Then a friend had a Mongoose. I thought it was so cool. Two years, later I got a bike and started riding every day. Then I started going to the pond with friends, and really everywhere. We’d start in Roxbury and go to…

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Boston Bike Story: Paola y Antonia

En la bicicleta me siento libre. Empecé a andar en bicicleta a los 5 años en mi país, en Colombia. Uso la bicicleta para todo; es mi transporte. Mi hija y yo andamos a la escuela en el South End por bicicleta todos los días. Ella empezó a andar en bicicleta a los 3 anos…

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Boston Bike Story: Mary Ann Nelson, Roxbury

When and why did you start biking? I started biking back in the late ’70s. At that time, not too many people would be biking. I would ride my bike to high school. I was in the school band. I played the tuba and clarinet and carried both on the sides of my bike. I…

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