As the boys grow older, they have some commitments of their own so it isn't just about my schedule or P's schedule but five family members' schedules. These schedules sometimes conflict and we need to be in different places at the same time. Some of these places are not within walking distance nor is there a solid public transportation option here. We made a conscious choice to rent in this neighborhood so that P could walk to grad school, but if we were to try and buy a house-- it is most likely that we would need to look elsewhere, and also most likely we would end further away from the school where I work and S and C attend. However, long ago we committed to remaining a one-car family for as long as possible. And now likewise with our brand-new cargo bike, we have a new mantra: If we can get there by bike, we are going to ride.
This weekend, P and I took on a silent challenge. We never really said it aloud but as we mapped out our days, we decided to leave the car parked and go strictly by bike (hence another week of school lunches without those Trader Joe granola bars the boys have become crazy about).
Here is what we did by bike:
- C's and S's music lessons-- bakfiets, round trip 3.2 miles
- F at a birthday party in the next town over-- bakfiets, round trip 5. 2 miles
- Grocery store run-- bakfiets, round trip 5.2 miles
- Dinner take-out pickup-- bakfiets, round trip 2 miles
- P off to work (church)-- on his inherited 1968 English Rudge, one way 1.9 miles
- S and boys to St. Paddy's Day Brunch-- bakfiets, one way 1.1 miles
- Tooling around downtown New Haven on both bikes, checking out the parade plus the trip home-- at least 3 miles
Another huge advantage to now owning a bakfiets-- a whole world of cargo bike blogs have been opened to us! Many thanks to the new folks stopping by my blog and commenting, including MamaVee, DrMerton, and Henry in Amsterdam.
OK, I know I have been gushing, but what can I say-- I am in love. And in the words of the immortal Freddie Mercury, "I want to ride my bicycle..."