Logistical issues are usually of our own creation
Think you can’t bike more because of logistical issues? Here’s my thought to share with you today:
Many people complain that they can’t bike more often, especially with kids, because their lives are too challenging logistically. You know, child A has to be here while child B has to be there. The daycare is on the other side of town. You have to run here then there.
A few years ago, my life was filled with this kind of logistical nightmares – running errands all over town several times a week. But then I decided to make biking my priority rather than all that “stuff” I was doing. And you know what? I don’t miss all those trips to pick up this or that thing and I don’t even miss the thing I thought I really needed! My life is easier because I CHOSE to make it easier.
There’s plenty of choice in this world, and it is easy to find activities that are fun and enriching while at the same time don’t require driving everywhere. You can do it, especially if you examine where your priorities are.
And if you do have kids, check out THIS family who wrote about a challenging day, done ALL by bike
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Well said, Elise. In the last 3 months I made a decision to change my weekend resturant habits to eating mostly at those I can bike to. Why drive 15 miles to eat elsewhere when we have perfectly good choices nearby. Biking to them makes the trip even more fun!
Seven years ago I bought a home only 5 miles from my work. Previously, I was driving 45 minutes each way to get there. Many persons have commented to me that “I’m so lucky to be close to work”. I always reply that it was not luck, but a deliberate decision. At the time, I wasn’t even biking. It was just to cut down on the time and expense of driving. Since I rediscovered biking, it turned a good decision into a great decision.
As I near retirement age, I want to live in a bike friendly community when I retire. I still have 10 years, but I’m thinking about where that’s going to be now. I’d like to be living in that town when I actually retire. Probably, that means that I will need to change jobs in the next 5 years and move as well. Not easy decisions, but I’m looking forward to the change. I think we are at a great time for lifestyle changes to really start happening fast. The peak oil issue is going to force lots of them. It’s a great time to be a biker!