Why ride a bike?

Bicycles I do know something about, and I enjoy riding them very much. I also value the flexibility they give me, as I can convey my bicycle by aeroplane, boat, car or train and even carry it for short distances on my shoulder. It makes me independent in a way no other form of transport can – it needs no fuel, no documents and very little maintenance. Most importantly, it goes along at the right speed for seeing everything, and it doesn’t cut me off from my surroundings, it also makes me lots of friends.
Bettina Selby, Riding The Desert Trail, 1988

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