Boston Bike Story

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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Boston Bike Story: Vincent

When did you start biking, and why do you still ride? I learned how to ride a bike when I was little. I ride my bike now because it’s the best way to get to work in Downtown. Before, I tried to get to work in my car, but all that gave me was trouble.…

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Boston Bike Story: Jamilah

How did you start biking? I was able to ride a bike at 4 years old. My dad taught me. Now, I mostly find myself biking recreationally. I just feel if I commute to work on a bike I might be late. Do you see any changes lately with biking in the city? There are…

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Boston Bike Story: William Del Valle

When did you start biking?A long time ago, 40 years ago. I would find bicycles in the trash and fix them up. That’s how I am still able to fix bikes today. I’m at the local bike shop. What’s your experience with bike safety? There will be open [car] doors, so you have to be a…

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