This seems obvious, but you experience neighborhoods much differently on bike than you do in a car. Speed plays a role, I’m sure. It’s hard to notice stuff when you need to be focused on the important stuff—your car, road and traffic conditions, and other cars. On bike, however, details large and small hook your attention.

The freshly baked bread aroma of Turano Bakery on Roosevelt.

This South Berwyn church sign. The message is bigger than the church’s name.

Or the Chicago 16-Inch Softball Hall of Fame in Forest Park.