Alissa – Los Angeles

“35 year old, a writer on design, transportation and cities, and a walker (and biker!). Read what she scribes via

Why do you ride?

Six years ago I gave up my car just to see if it was possible in L.A. Not only was it possible, it completely changed my relationship to the city. Biking is one of several modes of transportation I use to engage with L.A. in a new way.

Best thing about cycling?

Traveling just fast enough to cover a lot of ground, but just slow enough to absorb L.A.’s incredible sights, sounds and smells.

What improvements would you like to see for cyclists?

In L.A., we have a perfect climate, mostly-flat streets, and a fitness-minded culture. Biking should be a no-brainer for most of the population, but we need the city to support us with safer lanes and paths, more signage, and better connections between routes.

Fondest cycling memory?

When I was 20 I led a bike trip at my summer camp, taking eight teenage girls on a six-day adventure through Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. We camped in church yards, swam in ice-cold lakes, and ate entire cherry pies for dinner. I have been promising myself that I will do that again one of these summers.

Cycling tip?

I have to say that I have found dresses to be incredibly comfortable to ride in. But if you’re scared about putting on a show, wear a pair of running shorts under your dress, and slip them off when you arrive at your destination.

3 things you’d love the world to know about you?

– I love throwing parties.

– If I could do karaoke for a living, I would.

– I have an obsession with marshmallow Peeps. Not eating them. Playing with them:

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