Two less cars!


0419141724aOne of my favorite bicycle advocacy catch phrases is “One less car!” In celebration of this worthy and sustainable effort, Kathy and I spent yesterday (Saturday) accomplishing all our errands on our bicycles. Between us, we totaled more than 27 miles of travel on our bicycles, riding to places like the florist, Kohl’s, the bank, my apartment, her house, Douglas J, the Trek store, and other businesses in the area.

Source: pioneerpress.com

Source: pioneerpress.com

All in all, it was a very rewarding experience that we intend to duplicate over and over again, thus removing our two cars from the local roadways on those days where we ride about town instead of driving. Combined with our regular bike commuting to/from work, we are hoping to eventually limit our car usage solely to longer trips, inclement weather (particularly in winter) or travel-related purposes.

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Source: zazzle.com

Considering 50 percent of all trips are three miles or less in length, just imagine the positive impacts that could occur if each and every one of us dedicated just one day per week or one day per month to run all our errands by bicycle…or by transit…or by foot. Such an act would lower our individual and collective carbon footprint, improve our health, reduce congestion, demonstrate sustainability to others, and serve as a positive reminder that not all transportation must be done by the almighty automobile. Will you join us?

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4 Responses to Two less cars!

  1. Alex says:

    I do this everyday, including for distances over 3 miles… Go to work, run errands, etc… Try and change the average person mindset though… I sees people drive everyday the same distance that I ride; it takes them twice to thrice the amount of time thanks to traffic, yet they would never trade their car for a bike… And they drive to the gym so they can exercise, too… I don’t get it but they don’t get why I do this… They think I’m some kind of a mix between a nutcase and a hero… I must recognize they have a level of patience that I could not withstand…

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    • Rick Brown says:

      I don’t get it either, Alex. I regularly bike commute and try to use my car as little as possible, even though it’s a hybrid. I see you as a hero, but get the same divergent responses as you do. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Jon Spangler says:

    Linda and I are back down to one car (a 2007 Prius) between us, which works well. (We have occasional long commutes/trips to SF, Redwood City, and to Santa Clara from Alameda, CA. Some of our friends are using bikes plus City Car Share–perhaps our next step…)

    There are about 5 bikes in the house (2 each road bikes, 2 each town bikes, plus “projects” and special-purpose bikes): I love that balance,considering that many families have 5 cars and one bike…

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    • Rick Brown says:

      I drive a C-max hybrid and my fiancee has a Dodge Avenger. Between us we have five bicycles between – one be donated later this week to a group that refurbished them and then gives the bike to the homeless or poor.

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