Oh yes, I was constantly asked, challenged and reprimanded. "Are you cycling in Beijing?" And: "Why don't you ride a bicycle in Beijing?" And then, a line which came out like an insult: "It is good that you don't. You will get hit by a car anyway." Ouch.
Oh yes, I love riding a bicycle. When I was 10, I loved my bicycle so much I took all the pieces apart and could not put them back together. I loved pedalling around my community and trying to increase my distance and find new routes. Nothing, in my opinion, could stir a sense of adventure and love of exploration among young children than bicycles.
Sadly, I hardly cycle after I was almost hit by a public bus while out riding around Sanam Luang many years ago. Then I fell from a slope at Toong Salang Luang National Park during a vacation. I thought I might have two left feet, as they say, and I walked away from my bicycle afterward. Bangkok is too dangerous for me and my biking dream.
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