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As an owner of a downtown San Diego loft in the East Village, it is a valued luxury when I do not have to hop in my car to go places-especially if there are time constraints. Finding parking, and quarters at the bottom of your purse or pocket, can be a real time sucker. Yet riding around on a bike is a fantastic option when you need to get somewhere quickly…or peacefully.

You might be asking, “Where on earth would you store a bike living downtown?” and the answer is NOT on your balcony-that is an HOA no-no. The majority of developments downtown have bike storage rooms or bike racks for safe keeping. You’ll notice a lot of your neighbors believe in this two wheeled machine as transportation too. Owning a bike living downtown is a perk, and for good reason.

Riding to the grocery store to grab ingredients for a last minute dinner idea (bike basket a must), cruising to The Mercato in Little Italy on a Saturday morning for fresh fruit, veggies and a crepe (must try), pedaling to the bank to gather cash at the last minute before a night out, or cruising down the Martin Luther King Promenade, stopping along the way for a glass of wine (San Diego Wine & Culinary Center) or breakfast on an outdoor patio (Brickyard Coffee & Tea), sounds really nice doesn’t it?

Yes, it sure does. ')}