DIVERSITY ON THE ROADS It was a rare sunny weekend in San Francisco, no fog in sight, one of those weekends that draws everyone out to the beach and outdoors.  A great day for a short ride across the Golden Gate bridge for brunch and stories with my friend who was visiting from Seattle. I met Luis in Mexico City when I was doing a group ride on a cheap folding bike I purchased to ride around for the two months I was there doing research for my documentary project, Mind the Gap, a film about sustainable urban transportation. We connected over biking, advocacy, and food. So when he came to visit San Francisco, a cycling city revered by activist cyclists in Mexico City because it is known as the birthplace of Critical Mass, of course we were going to ride. Luis, the proud owner of a Specialized road bike, rented a road bike from Spinlister.  I was riding my city bike purchased four years earlier at a time when I couldn’t even imagine riding five miles at a stretch. I’ve since outgrown the bike.  Still, that bike has taken me across Iowa for the Des Moines Register’s Annual Great […]
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