I Am A Librarian, And I Ride

Here is yet another great And I Ride story. 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 Matt.

Where I Ride: Mostly Somerville, Cambridge and Boston, but all over eastern Mass

How Often I Ride: Daily

My Story:

I hadn't been on a bike since I lived in Amsterdam ten years ago during college. Then I was laid off from my job in Seattle last year and moved in with my long-distance boyfriend, Pete, in Somerville -- with no car, not much money and a lot of free time. Pete's a musician; the bassist in his band commutes by bike from JP to Nonantum and offered to hook me with a good deal on a used bike so I could get around. Two weeks after I moved here I spent Patriots' Day riding to Walden Pond via Lexington Green and Minuteman National Park. I've barely gotten off the bike since.

My bike kept me fit and sane through six months of unemployment. It took me to the interview for the job I ended up landing in September; now, it brings me to work every day. It helped me learn my way around my new home -- over hills, across rivers, and along beaches. It has couriered posters all around town so that people would come to Pete's shows. It means that all the daily errands that would take hours to by transit can get done in an hour on my way home in the evening. Even on the coldest winter days I'm pulling on my long johns and riding ten miles. I can't imagine doing without the convenience or the pure enjoyment of having a bike, any more than I can imagine not having Pete in my life. He loves the bike, too, because I love it so much!

Thanks Matt!

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 [email protected]

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