Featured Cyclist: Sadie L.

One of our youngest guides, Sadie L. always brings her easy smile and vast environmental knowledge with her on tour. A graduate of Northeastern she is a proud JP resident and can often be found cruising the Southwest Corridor!

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Q: How long have you been riding in Boston?
About 4 years now. Before I moved to the city I would ride occasionally in the summer, and did a few short bike trips. But during college I really started biking as my main mode of transportation.

Q: What type of bike do you ride?
An old cheap Schwinn mountain bike that my dad bought me when I was in high school. It’s name is Buddy and he is constantly making weird noises and covered in rust but has never had a flat tire! I also have a much newer single speed built up with a variety of collected parts on an old red Schwinn frame. Her name is Francine and she is beautiful. I like to ride my old bike at least once a week, because it makes my new bike seem so much faster in comparison when I do ride it!

Occasionally I ride a tandem bicycle with my BFF roommate Natalie, but only on special occasions.

Q: How long have you been working with UA? Any especially fond memories?
I started as a tour guide a little over a year and a half ago. I love meeting guests from all over the world, and learning about all about bikes from my co-workers. One of my favorite memories was riding with UA in the Pride Parade last year, handing out stickers and ringing my bell the whole parade route!

Q: What’s your favorite ride in Boston?
I love riding through the Arboretum in the fall. I like to check out the foliage, visit the bonsai collection, and ride up Bussey and Peter’s hills for the views.

My favorite view of the city is heading over the Mass Ave bridge from Cambridge into Boston, especially really late at night when there isn’t much traffic. All the buildings are lit up and reflecting off the water.

Q: How often do you ride and to where?
I ride almost everyday, from my house in JP to my job downtown (about 6 miles each way). I’m always biking around the city to visit friends, which is a great way to get to know all of Boston’s unique neighborhoods.

Q: What is your ‘day job’?
I work part-time at the Museum of Science as a horticulturist in the butterfly garden, and I am also a part-time nanny.

Q: Best advice for beginning city cyclists?
Better safe than sorry! Be aware of your rights as a cyclist, but never assume that drivers will recognize those rights. Whenever I find myself doing something risky, like running a red light or weaving through tight traffic, I ask myself “What would my mom think?” If she disapproves, it’s probably dangerous.

The cycling community can seem intimidating at first, especially for people like me who don’t know much about bikes. But there are cyclists of every type, and you can always find someone to offer friendly advice. The freedom that comes with being able to go anywhere in the city, anytime, on your own power is a great feeling.

Q: Anything else you want to add?
I would just encourage anyone with a bike to get it out and explore the city! There are so many people who live here, but have never been to some of the great places in the city like the piers on the Harborwalk, or the beautiful neighborhood of JP!

Sadie

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