Boston Bike Story

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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Boston Bike Story: David

Christmas 1974, my father bought me and my brother a bike. We were crazy with the bike as kids. We would ride everywhere, and my father always told us to be careful with the bike, and to wear a helmet, when we were living in Puerto Rico. Then I came to the United States in…

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Boston Bike Story: David

When and why did you start biking? I am from Colombia, and there on Sundays they shut down the street and hundreds of people [Ed. note: Sometimes millions!] come to bike and walk. It’s like Memorial Drive here, but the Ciclovía there is a longer stretch and filled with more people. I started biking in…

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Boston Bike Story: Laura Sinclair

“I live in the South End and work in Hyde Park as an engineer. I started biking about 12 years ago, and enjoy the freedom and speed while traveling in the city. I just moved to Boston last fall, and am still figuring out routes through the city. I’m excited to get out and explore…

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Boston Bike Story: David (and Micah)

“I’ve always been a bike commuter. I want a livable planet for my kids, and if more people bike it could help us get there. I think cars are great for some people and situations, but bikes are good for most. My family owns a car, but the bike has been my primary mode of…

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Boston Bike Story: Linda Alila

Why do you bike? I’ve been biking ever since I was a kid, and I started biking in Boston six years ago. Boston in the first city I’ve ever biked in. Weather permitting, I’ll commute on my bike from JP to Downtown Boston, and then I like to do some longer rides for fun. Driving…

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Boston Bike Story: Reynaliz Herrera

I guess I have two stories. One is biking, and one is making music with bicycles. The first time I rode, I was 6 or 7 in Mexico, but I didn’t have experience biking more until I was in Boston. Where I grew up, in Monterey, Mexico, there is no biking culture. I came to…

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