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Can’t fit in exercise? Gas prices too high? Bike to your errands.

April 21st, 2008

Tuesdays are crazy in our household. We have tutor lessons, math with Grandpa, and time with Nana. As circumstances would have it, some of our errands were postponed to later in the week. We only have tutoring and our Nana visit tomorrow. Bike instead of drive

With our crazy schedule, it is hard to fit in exercise as a family. I run and my son does martial arts. However, we don’t do these activities together. Tonight I had a brainstorm. Why not ride our bikes to visit Nana? It is a 6.5 mile ride to her house. We can get in our exercise and visit.

I wonder how many local activities we could get to by riding our bikes? As the weather gets nicer, it would be great to get in our exercise AND save money on gasoline. I just might have come up with a way to do both. Of course, I can’t exactly go grocery shopping like that. Not until I get a small trailer to haul behind my bike. LOL

2 Responses to “Can’t fit in exercise? Gas prices too high? Bike to your errands.”

  1. jjabl Says:

    The biggest deterrent to this is the traffic. My husband would love to bike to work. It is a short trip, but the traffic is not bike friendly and there are no bike lanes.
    When we lived closer into town, we biked 6 miles a day to the UT campus and home again. There was a lot less traffic. We could choose roads that were not traveled at high speeds. There were a lot of other bicycles because lots of students biked who lived close. You could always park a bike on campus. We were in great physical shape then too.
    If Austin wants to say it is bike friendly, then it needs to build roads that hold cars and bikes. People need to be educated about where to ride and not ride a bike. We hear of bikers getting hit – on the freeway – no place for a bike. We need to educate drivers of cars about bikes too. Not speeding through neighborhoods would be a good start.
    Bikes are supposed to obey traffic signs just as cars do. I don’t see that very often. It takes folks on both sides (drivers and riders) to make the roads safe and until that happens, I won’t be riding my bike on weekly errands around here.

  2. Shan Says:

    I totally agree with this. I have this exact same problem when I run. I am forced to run on concrete sidewalks (not good for my ‘ol knees). Thankfully, the way to Nana’s is filled with sidewalks. They might be slower to use with their curves, etc. However, I feel safer riding on them then in the road where drivers don’t pay attention. This is especially true with the “have to talk on the phone and drive” folks.

    Watch out for runners, walkers, and bikers. We use the road too!!!

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