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                                                                                                                                                                                                         commute to work each day, some
                                                                                                                                                                                                         860,000 people get there on a bicycle.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         That’s a 51 percent increase from 2000
                                                                                                                                                                                                         to 2016, according to the League of
                                                                                                                                                                                                         American Bicyclists.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Marin Tockman thinks that number
                                                                                                                                                                                                         should be much higher.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Tockman, a native of Maine, took to
                                                                                                                                                                                                         biking as a child as a way to explore the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         outdoors where she lived. She never
                                                                                                                                                                                                         thought of bike riding as a lifestyle until
                                                                                                                                                                                                         she needed her bike to navigate the busy
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and sometimes dangerous city streets.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         When she moved to New York, she
                                                                                                                                                                                                         began balancing her career in the film
                                                                                                                                                                                                         industry with advocacy work, teaming
                                                                                                                                                                                                         up with other passionate cyclists through
                                                                                                                                                                                                         nonprofits and grassroots organizing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         “For years, people had been looking
                                                                                                                                                                                                         for an alternative to the subway—but
                                                                                                                                                                                                         when you look down the street, it’s so
                                                                                                                                                                                                         overcrowded and congested with cars,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                         says Tockman.

                                                                                                                                                                                                         While she made advocacy a priority,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Tockman admits that she came onto
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the cycling scene at a good time,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         when positive changes to the city’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                         infrastructure made it safer and easier to
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ride bikes on the streets. Because of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         efforts of people like her, cities across
                                                                                                                                                                                                         the country have adopted stricter safety
                                                                                                                                       DASHING                                                           laws regarding the interaction of cyclists
                                                                                                                                                                                                         and motorists on roadways, and, overall,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         America’s largest urban centers are
                                                                                                                                       THROUGH THE                                                       becoming more bike-friendly places. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                         road to better bike safety was not always
                                                                                                                                                                                                         so clear, though.
                                                                                                                                          BIG EASY

                                                                                                                                                                                                         Tockman traveled between New
                                                                                                                                                                       written by alexa bricker          A NEW HOME FOR BIKING
                                                                                                                                                                  photography by bobby bonsey
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Orleans and New York multiple times
                                                                                                                                                                                                         for work, and she had come to love

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