Laura Leigh Bean

Illustration, Visual Branding + Design

Illustration: Girl on a Bicycle

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Since we're friends, I'll be honest with you: I'm not much for bike riding. When I visited my friend Rach when she lived in San Diego a few years ago, she was so excited for us head down to the beach on her cruisers. I think she was tipped off to my ineptitude when I asked if we'd be riding on the road, (blank stare) and by the time I wobbled hesitantly down to the end of the driveway, she had called an Uber. 

The thing is, I WANT to be the kind of person that zips around carefree on two wheels. Just look how happy this girl is! Her hair is blowing in the wind! And she even let go with one hand. Unfortunately, years of living in the city has instilled a passionate (and borderline irrational) fear of insane drivers--which includes other bikers, by the way--so there's not a lot of hope for my biking future.

Does anyone know of a place where I can ride a ride on an uninterrupted path with no cars or other bikes around? Also prefer great scenery, no bugs, clean bathrooms along the way and minimal hills. LMK!

Until then, I'll stick to living vicariously through this girl and my other Girl on a Bike. 

Cheers, friends!