Monday, May 9, 2011

Strive not to Drive Every Day

Strive Not to Drive Week is next week. However, I find I can often leave my car at home. It helps when all of my activities take place in the small town of Black Mountain where I live. Here's how my non-car day went.

I started out walking to a friend's house for breakfast where we discussed our strategy for a meeting we had later in the day. After walking home and taking care of some e-mail I hopped on my bike and rode to Rec Park where I went for a run. Then it was on to the fitness club for a much needed stretching class.

After lunch I was back on the bike with my laptop tucked into my backpack. I rode to Montreat where I gave a presentation about the Black Mountain Greenway System. The coast back down to my house was a treat!

My last task of the day was to go to the Community Garden to do some watering and work on my bed. Back on the bike it was! After an hour or so of gardening, I returned home and hung up the bike.

By day's end I had ridden close to 15 miles. None of my trips took significantly longer by bike than they would have by car. It was a glorious day to be out on the bike and I had gotten a good bit of exercise to boot.

Today was not an unusual one for me. I find that if I have less than a mile to go, walking is fine. If it is over a mile, I hop on the bike. I can wear any clothes I need to on these short trips. People around town are used to seeing me out on my bike and many know me by name. It's a great way to move through the world. I recommend it highly.