Lifelong bike enthusiast hopes to inspire others

On Aug. 10, Boulder, Colo., cyclist Ryan Van Duzer began a 3,000-mile ride from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, to raise money for Boulder’s Community Cycles and to gather signatures for the www.peopleforbikes.org campaign. He will swing through San Francisco on Sunday. To follow his ride, visit ryanvanduzer.com.

Why are you biking the West Coast? I’m biking to inspire more Americans to get on their bikes. I’m also doing this for the People for Bikes campaign, which is trying to unify a million voices across the country to help out the cycling world, making it safer and more accessible both for people riding to the grocery store and pro cyclists.

Why is this important to you? I’ve never had a driver’s license, so I’ve always been a biker. It’s important for the environment and also for health reasons.

Have you done this kind of thing before? My first long ride was when I was in the Peace Corps in Honduras, which ended in 2006. I cashed in my plane ticket, got a bike and rode back to Boulder, Colo.

Have you ever been to San Francisco? I’ve been once before, but only for a couple days. There’s no better way to experience a city than on a bike. The hills will put a little burning on my legs, but I’m excited!

shaughey@sfexaminer.com

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