Why Iga Rides

Here’s the latest portrait in Streetsblog’s weekly “Why I Ride” series.

Iga Bicycle Portrait
Photo copyright Dmitry Gudkov
Iga is a 15-year resident of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and she’s been biking around New York for about that long. She says she’s not a bike commuter but likes to go on long rides for pleasure. “Sometimes I ride to Coney Island, or to the Rockaways.” When she’s staying closer to home, one of her favorite rides takes her into Long Island City, Queens and then on to Roosevelt Island. Iga’s love of cycling began back in her native Poland: “I was in a cycling club. We rode to Czechoslovakia, to Germany. I had a different kind of bike, of course. Here, I don’t really have any friends who ride bikes. I wish they did. Many of my friends don’t think it’s safe, especially at our age. They’re afraid of having an accident, breaking something.” Fortunately Iga has never had an accident and, aside from the occasional honking, she finds most New York drivers to be very respectful.

In 15 years of biking in New York, the biggest change she has experienced is the increase in bike lanes. She says they make her feel more safe, and help her discover new parts of the city. “They are great. Last weekend I rode to the Brooklyn Museum for the first time – in a bike lane the whole way.”

  • Actual New Yorker

    I’m so tired of these red-light running Greenpoint hipsters.

  • ZeMinimalist

    Traffic lights were invented for cars. They usually make little sense for cyclists and pedestrians. Traffic lights tend to encourage speeding and give a sense of entitlement, causing dangerous situations. And traffic lights are highly cost inefficient so any fiscal conservative should be against them. And lastly, stay on topic because your post has very little to do with the content above.

  • Ben from Bed Stuy

    I like these portraits because they are beautiful and they remind us that so many different types of New Yorkers get around with a bike.
    I’m glad Ida feels safer on her bike now than she did some years ago. Now we need to find more and more “Idas” to help us expand the bike network. I think Community Boards will be really surprised and moved to find out that so many children and senior citizens either already ride bikes, or want to, if only our streets were safer still.

  • Ben from Bed Stuy

    I like these portraits because they are beautiful and they remind us that so many different types of New Yorkers get around with a bike.
    I’m glad Ida feels safer on her bike now than she did some years ago. Now we need to find more and more “Idas” to help us expand the bike network. I think Community Boards will be really surprised and moved to find out that so many children and senior citizens either already ride bikes, or want to, if only our streets were safer still.

  • archie

    Yeah!! I love these stories. You go, girl!

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