Will Stewart

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Why do you ride?

For fun, first and foremost. I definitely like being able to park closer to my destinations, as well as the health and environmental benefits of bicycling, but those are secondary to fun for me.

What kind of bicycle do you ride?

A 2008 Raleigh Detour 4.0

What do you carry with you when you ride and how do you carry it?

Depends. If I’m going to work I will usually carry my lunch, a notebook, assorted paperwork, a book and occasionally a laptop, all in a pannier. If my son’s with me, I will carry water and snacks for him in a messenger bag.

Where do you ride most often?

Downtown to work.

Do you ride year round?

No, I am literally a fair-weather rider. I salute those who ride in throughout the winter, but for me bicycling becomes decidedly less fun when temps dip below 40 or so.

What’s your favorite riding experience in Manchester?

Any time I get to go for a ride with my son. I also like riding in my seersucker suit complete with pink bow tie and white bucks - the stares I get are priceless.

What’s been your worst riding experience in Manchester?

No one experience stands out, though if I had a nickel for every time a motorist yelled at me to get on the sidewalk I’d be at least a couple of bucks richer.

What city bike rack do you use most often?

The one adjacent to the Manchester City Library.

At what locations would you like to see bike racks that don’t currently have them?

Cafe La Reine, Republic, Bakeshop on Kelley Street, Arms Park, Stark Park