Go Green: David Byrne’s Favorite Biking Cities

Former Talking Heads front man David Byrne has traveled all over North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia—and that’s just in the past six months. His preferred mode of transport: a Montague folding bike with full-size wheels and good suspension (he once got sore wrists from riding on cobblestones—bad news for a guitar player). Byrne’s newly released Bicycle Diaries (Viking, $26) chronicles these urban rides. Here are the eight best (in his opinion).—Ryan Bradley


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New York

“I’ve been riding a bicycle as my principal means of transportation in New York since the early 1980s. I feel energized and liberated as the air and street life whiz by. There’s a great route along the Staten Island boardwalk that lines the beaches (the Greenway Bike Path). There are no cars, and the beaches are surprisingly clean.” San Francisco“The local cycling organization has issued a wonderful map that shows, by deepness of the red shading, the steepness of the streets in a particular area… A deep red street is a major hill to be avoided unless you’re a masochist.”


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Rochester

“The riverfront is gradually becoming cool, but the bike infrastructure isn’t quite there. In the center of Rochester there is a waterfall, a smaller but still spectacular Niagara where the Genesee River plummets into a deep gorge.”
Pittsburgh


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