Jay Sha’s Photo Contest Entry

Jay Sha
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There’s something liberating about being out on the open road. My old job gave me my birthday off, so this is how I spent it. I packed my camera, some food, and headed into the hills.

Jay Sha

[Entry #276]

Ian Christopher Hooper’s Photo Contest Entry

Ian Christopher Hooper
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I get around town on an Italian sports-tourer my mother bought new in 1985. I still remember the day she picked it out at the bike shop, and her pride in its Columbus tubing and its nimble ride. Twenty-five years later, the paint has faded, the chrome has dulled, and the tube decals are long gone. I’ve added a generator hub and fenders and swapped out components to make it more useful as a commuter. It’s still fast and fun. I ride this bike everywhere– to work, to the store, and especially to the coffee shops where I write. I love that this wonderful bike was my once mother’s, and it reminds me that cycling has become, in our family, a part of daily life. A tradition. Someday I’ll restore this bike for my daughter, and I hope she’ll ride it from cafe to cafe too!

Ian Christopher Hooper

[Entry #275]

Mary Bernsen’s Photo Contest Entry

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Why I ride?

The view is different from the handle bars.
When my legs start moving, clarity of thoughts start flowing.
The busy pace of day-to-day is forgotten.
The senses begin to awaken.

The view is different from the handle bars.
I feel the chill of the morning, the heat of the mid-afternoon sun, and the breeze at night.
I smell the sweet scent of the flowers, the newly mowed grass and the wet pavement.

I hear the insects buzzing, the birds chirping, and the air whispering behind my ears.

The view is different from the handle bars.
Strangers become acquaintances and new friendship emerges.
Scenic locations are discovered and unknown paths are explored.

My soul rejoices as the sense of wonder waits in every turn.
The wind gently strokes my face, and a smile begins to form.

The view is truly different from the handle bars.

Mary Bernsen

[Entry #274]

Dottie Brackett’s Photo Contest Entry

Dottie Brackett
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I ride because my bicycle gives me strength: both physical strength to keep my body healthy and mental strength to face extreme weather and aggressive bullies. As a bonus, riding is a fun activity that fits seamlessly into my life. I tried to capture all of this in the self-portrait I took along my Chicago commute route last winter.”

Dottie Brackett

[Entry #273]

Alex Moll’s Photo Contest Entry

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I ride mostly for fun.
Commuting by bike, and running errands by bike is fun.
Riding alone is fun.
Riding with my family is fun.
Riding with friends if fun.
Wrenching on bikes, and restoring old bikes is fun.
Bike camping is fun.
Riding while on vacation in the Swiss Alps: priceless.

This shot was taken from a rental mountain bike coming into the mountain town of Murren, and captures my two favorite forms of “alternate” transportation.

Alex Moll

[Entry #272]

John Pelletier’s Photo Contest Entry

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I ride for many reasons, the beauty of nature, and in my case the beauty of the Adirondacks of NY. As a college student, I commute 7+ miles to university through city, town, forest, and fields. Each has its own unique beauty, its benefits, and its challenges, in all seasons. I also ride because I am aiming to become a planner focusing on sustainable transportation, and I feel the bicycle has a front and center role in the future of communities all across the globe. I ride for fun, for health, for the environment. I ride to live.

John Pelletier

[Entry #271]

Brandon McPhail’s Photo Contest Entry

Brandon McPhail
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Aside from General Ripper’s fanatical concern for fluoridation, purity of bodily fluids, and loss of essence…

I ride to commute.
I ride to exercise.
I ride to avoid traffic.
I ride to meet my community.
I ride to connect with the natural world.
But mostly I ride for the simple joy of it.

Happy Halloween!

Brandon McPhail

[Entry #270]

 
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