RIDE

Neil Connelly - Chicago, IL

RIDE

I ride my bike because it gives me agency to go where I want and explore uncharted territory. Here in Chicago, we tend to adhere closely to where the El takes us and rarely veer more than a few blocks from its routes.  My bike has given me license to dive into neighborhoods near and far, to become a citizen of the city, not just of a few small, choice pockets along designated routes. Riding my bike makes me feel better physically, feel more free spiritually and most importantly, more in touch with my community, my city and my people. I love my bike and I love what it does for me. And I thank all of you who help me pursue that love in a safer and more enjoyable fashion.

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