Seeing the World by Bike is the Best Way to See the World

15th March 2018
Bikes Gazelle EasyFlow

Brooke: "I relocated to Portland last year from a small city in the Midwest. I wanted to be in a creative and urban environment, while still retaining a high quality of life in the outdoors. Portland suits me perfectly; it’s quirky and fun while being close to the mountains and ocean and affords me a lot of work opportunities. I love the different neighborhoods to explore and the “Keep Portland Weird” mantra is a point of pride in my book."

Portland

I relocated to Portland last year from a small city in the Midwest. I wanted to be in a creative and urban environment, while still retaining a high quality of life in the outdoors. Portland suits me perfectly; it’s quirky and fun while being close to the mountains and ocean and affords me a lot of work opportunities. I love the different neighborhoods to explore and the “Keep Portland Weird” mantra is a point of pride in my book.

It’s no secret that more and more people are calling Portland home, and that has resulted in increased traffic and harder to find parking spots. In my hometown, I never thought about commuting by bicycle, but here in Portland I’d see tons of bikers everyday while I sat idle in my car. I was curious, but intimidated by all of the gear and I worried about the impression I would give my clients walking into meetings dripping with sweat.

Electric bikes

When I heard about electric bikes, it seemed like a great solution and I jumped at the chance to demo a Gazelle bicycle. To say it’s been a life changing experience would be an understatement. I live in the Sellwood neighborhood (a few miles south of the city center), and there is a bike path that runs by my apartment to downtown along the Willamette River. Riding the Gazelle, I found I was able to quickly and comfortably get downtown for meetings while avoiding rush hour traffic on the streets.

In just a few short weeks of the demo, I found myself riding more and more. I’d ride to the grocery store, to go shopping, and to meet friends. The more I learned the bike routes around the city, the more I wanted to ride. I think what I loved the most, was that I was able to see my city on a new level and see things that I would never see sitting in my car. The bike just slowed life down and gave me room to breathe and think.

Gazelle Easyflow e-bike

Upon the completion of the demo, I bought a Gazelle Bicycle EasyFlow and it’s become my go-to mode of transportation around town. I feel like a true Portlander when I roll up to a stoplight in the bike lane with all of the other commuters, and their nods of approval tell me that we’re part of a special group of people that have figured out something special; that seeing the world by bike is the best way to see the world.

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