In urbanvelo :I Love Riding in the City
NAME: Francis Chu
OCCUPATION: Product Designer
Where do you live and what’s it like riding in your city?
I live in Singapore, and have been riding a bicycle to work every day since 2003. Non-cyclists believe Singapore’s weather is hot, humid and not suitable for cycling. However, cycling in the morning and evening’s fresh air is lovely in Singapore all year round!
What was your favorite city to ride in, and why?
My favorite city to ride in is Eindhoven in Holland, where I used to live. You feel very safe riding on the well-connected bicycle lanes. Osaka is another lovely city to cycle. The cycling facilities are not as good as in Holland, but the people are very polite to each other.
Why do you love riding in the city?
Cycling in the city is liberating and empowering. One can go five times as fast as walking, yet it’s possible to pause at any point to check out the local goodies or snap an interesting photo. I like to bring my folding bike everywhere I go, including overseas trips. The bicycle empowers me to explore a new place with great speed and details.
Or just say whatever you want about riding in the city…
As a product designer, I need quality thinking time. Cycling in the city allows me to distill my mind and come up with innovative ideas. The SuperCool mask and the Cyclist Wing are examples of such innovative ideas.
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