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Cycling is Dave Roberts’ life.

MY TOWN By Stephen Koch • PHOTOGRAPHY: rett peek

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ave Roberts comes to cycling with a slightly different perspective than most riders. “It’s my hobby, and it’s my passion,” the Maumelle-based urban planner said, “and it’s my profession.” And, as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Cycling as well as the Little Rock Bike Friendly committee, it’s also pretty much his avocation as well. At this point, one could say cycling is his life and his life is cycling. The love of bikes and biking “all came from my childhood,” Roberts said. Growing up in the suburbs of Miami during the

1970s, Roberts and his friends used spare parts to retrofit their street bikes into BMX models for off-road thrills. Roberts rode his bike to school every day until sixth grade. Wheeling through the gridded street patterns of his planned community in southern Florida, he enjoyed wondering about the way cities spring up — or are purposefully laid out — around rivers and mountains: “Why are they shaped the way they are?” he asked himself. So the die was cast early on for Roberts to become a landscape architect and urban planner as well as a bicycle enthusiast. Besides

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