Monday, October 1, 2012

Ride And/Or Die: A (Reluctant) Beginner's Guide To Biking in Brooklyn

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 11:03 AM

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A dramatic re-enactment.
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  • A dramatic re-enactment.


Surprisingly, I'd do it again! Once I find a cheap, decent bike to call my own (donations accepted), I will. Granted, it won't be as a die-hard bike commuter in full kit so much as a neighborhood-centric dilettante, but that's really the only hump I was trying to get over in the first place.

It doesn't hurt that the best trip I had was actually the one I had taking the bike back to Ride, most of which I spent on the Brooklyn Bridge waterfront bike path, and then on Dean street. So, in spite of a few close calls and a lot of embarrassment, I left the whole thing feeling good about it, not embittered and terrified.

I'm also pretty sure I'll get less skittish with time — a week of learning to bike in city traffic doesn't stack up to, say, a lifetime of pedestrian experience or a decade of driving, so I can only assume it's a bit of a process. That, and finding a decent-looking helmet.

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Virginia K. Smith

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Virginia K. Smith is the Assistant Editor at The L Magazine and a Bushwick resident. Her profile picture was taken at Summerscreen, because she is a real team player.

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