I Am A Student, And I Ride

Here is another great story in our And I Ride campaign. We are seeking to put a face on cycling in support of a legislative campaign that we are working on this year. You can read the rest of these great stories here.

We are still accepting entries, so be sure to read below to find out how to send in your story.

Our next story comes from Brad.

Where I Ride: Boston
How Often I Ride: Daily for commute, transportation and recreation

My Story:
I’ve been living in Boston for 5 years now as a student and I find the bicycle to be the most ideal form of transportation in this city. The T is often slow and unreliable at the worst of times and cars are too expensive to have in the city. My bike allows me to live a little farther away from school/work and still arrive for class in a timely manner, because my commute is hardly affected by traffic. I can also live further away from subway/bus lines and not be transportation-handicapped.

In addition to the convenience of biking as a form of transportation, it’s a fun way to meet people and enjoy the city. Boston is a dynamic place with many corners to explore and on a bike is, in my opinion, the best way to see everything. Whether you are riding around enjoying a nice summer evening, toodling around on a fall weekend morning taking pictures, or rushing to an appointment (and being early despite gridlock traffic), your bike is the cheapest and quickest way to get around.

Thanks Brad! Nice bike.

We want to hear your story. Tell us about yourself and how bicycling is a part of your life. Just copy and paste the form below into an email, fill it in, and send it to shane@massbike.org.

  • Name:
  • Email:
  • Where You Ride:
  • How Often You Ride:
  • Your Profession/Relation/Title (lawyer, nurse, Grandma, son, etc):
  • A picture of you on your bicycle, or you in your daily life (be sure we can see your face):
  • A paragraph or two about your life and your bicycle:


6 Responses to I Am A Student, And I Ride

  1. matt March 8, 2010 at 7:11 pm #

    is he (not) wearing a helmet?

  2. Shane March 9, 2010 at 10:34 am #

    he is not wearing a helmet, as is his choice. Personally I always wear a helmet, and MassBike encourages everyone to wear a helmet, but in MA. if you are older than 16 you are not required to.

  3. matt March 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    true, but still seems inadvisable to highlight someone not wearing one as part of the campaign

  4. cris March 10, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    personally, I think part of the campaign is to show all the sorts of people who ride, including those who may choose not to wear a helmet. I think it would be too limited to just make this idealized portrait of cycling in the city; and I don’t think that anyone who shows up here has an explicit endorsement from Massbike.

    … even if they are apparently riding the wrong way on a two-way divided street

  5. Shane March 10, 2010 at 12:47 pm #

    just a note: I am pretty sure that picture was not taken in America.

  6. EPIC! Stratton March 31, 2010 at 6:16 pm #

    In fact, I think that picture was taken in China.

    Also, fwiw Brad almost always wears a helmet.