A coworker told me that Busan reminded him of San Fransisco. He was referring to the steep slopes through the city. Busan surrounds several mountains and most point-to-point drives in the city are not straight lines. For cyclists, it seems a tough city. I can probably get to the in-laws and home without any major climbs (I’m not sure because I take a toll-highway) but my university and the elementary school I work at are both far up crazy steep mountain slopes. It is challenging enough just stopping and starting in my manual-transmission car on these roads. I have had not problems in the month or so that I’ve been here but I consistently tense when rushing from brake pedal to accelerator.
Still, I will soon be cycling in Busan. I live near the Nakdong River, which has a good bike path beside it and I will be able to really learn about my neighborhood.