I had been thinking for quite sometime about getting a bicycle. I live a block and a half away from a great grocery store in the neighborhood, but Utah suburb isn’t much of a ‘walking’ sort of place. Everything is so spread apart that transportation infrastructure has been mostly created for cars, not pedestrians or bikers. There is also a sense that it is unsafe to walk alone or walk along major roads since you could get hit by a car.
I decided to give it a try anyway. I live right behind a high school, and I see high school kids walking along these supposedly ‘unsafe’ roads all the time. The walk wasn’t so bad except, as expected, two cars honked at me and one car yelling out the window and whistling. I was royally annoyed.
I decided at that point that having a bicycle really might be a better way to travel to the grocery store rather than on foot.
I found this absolutely fabulous folding bike on sale on a Salt Lake City Craigslist post. The person who had sold it to me had purchased the bike a few months ago but had only taken it out once or twice. It was a GREAT deal. The folding/unfolding of the bike was ever so slightly tricky to learn at first but after a few times I got a hang of it very quickly.
Being a small bike, the feeling is a bit unstable until you get used to it, but turns corners quickly and efficiently, and I can see myself riding this bike everywhere. The bike is made by Citizen, and is called Tokyo–how fitting for me having been raised in Japan 🙂 It’s also like a sidekick for my car–like Batman’s motorcycle that shoots out of his batmobile. Here are a few more photos.
The bike is white and matches my BMW!!