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Sunday Afternoon Ride in China 8

Sunday afternoon bike ride in China

Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

It was hot and sunny – peaking at 27 degrees Celsius on Sunday afternoon here in the middle of the South China Sea – so we decided to take 7-month-old Sofia out for a bicycle ride. It was her first bike ride, and she clearly loved every moment of it.

As soon as I started pedaling she was kicking her feet with excitement at the thrill of the human-powered locomotion.

We did a few loops around the park, pedaled along the ocean-front bike path, and stopped for a while at the beach to watch the sun set.

Being one of the few foreigners in this city, I received more stares on this occasion than normal, but I have become so immune to the staring that I hardly pay attention to it anymore.

The dedicated bike infrastructure here makes it easy to get around without having to ride anywhere near automobiles. I would have been reluctant to take Sofia out at this age back in North America where riding next to fast-moving automobiles is inevitable.

Hope you are all doing well. Let me know what all of you were up to over the weekend…

Sunday afternoon bike ride in China

Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

Sunday afternoon bike ride in China

Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

Sunday afternoon bike ride in China

Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

Sunday afternoon bike ride in China

Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country

James D. Schwartz is a Transportation Pragmatist and the Editor of The Urban Country. You can contact James at james.schwartz@theurbancountry.com or follow him on Twitter.

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  • Heather

    I always loved seeing fathers with young children abreast in carriers in the Netherlands! Looks great on you. Glad to see you’re doing well. You are missed here.

    • http://www.theurbancountry.com James Schwartz

      Thanks Heather – hope you and Herb are doing well. I see I’ve missed a mild winter in Toronto so far. Looking forward to returning just in time for the spring/summer :)

  • Heather

    I always loved seeing fathers with young children abreast in carriers in the Netherlands! Looks great on you. Glad to see you’re doing well. You are missed here.

  • http://www.theurbancountry.com/ James Schwartz

    Thanks Heather – hope you and Herb are doing well. I see I’ve missed a mild winter in Toronto so far. Looking forward to returning just in time for the spring/summer :)

  • Kimi

    Sofia is adorable! You guys look like you are having a lot of fun. Can’t wait to have you back in the city (yes, I am selfish).

  • Kimi

    Sofia is adorable! You guys look like you are having a lot of fun. Can’t wait to have you back in the city (yes, I am selfish).

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