On Sunday I needed to borrow my mum’s car to get some heavy bags of compost etc for the garden. Something that I am still not apt in carrying on my bike.
I don’t own a car, not since four years ago, as Manchester has a great public transport system (not a cheap system mind you!) and owning a car to be used once a fortnight was just silliness. I reckon I save about £1000 (or more) a year by not having a car, as I save on petrol, insurance, road tax, MOT and yearly services.
I am not against driving, I just reckon that if one lives in a city/town that offers good public transport system (and can commute easily to work by bike or buses/trains) then it makes more sense to make good use of it than owning a car just for the sake of it, or worse to prove a status quo.
When I need to I hire a car, or for short trips for heavy stuff (week end usually) to the garden centre or Ikea etc then I borrow my mum’s car.
So on Sunday I needed the car, I thought to catch a bus to mum’s, instead I decided to cycle (it’s only a 3 mile short trip anyway). I highly recommend cycling on a Sunday morning especially for inexperienced cyclists, as the roads are pretty quite and so it is possible to gain more confidence cycling around with a fewer number of cars, and build on from there.
When the roads are this quite panda shots are much easier, much fun and you don’t risk your life!!
You can take views from your flowery basket, immortalise a fellow female cyclist on her way to the supermarket with her super panniers, and nod to fellow cyclists as we are all going about our life in a leisurely way.
The great thing of cycling on a regular basis is that when you do drive you are much more aware of other cyclists on the road. I notice how much calmer and conscientious I am! And I am also much more aware of how quicker it is to get places by bike!
Although I enjoy driving, I enjoy cycling more. I forget how stressful and frustrating it is, to get stuck in traffic jams in a car, while by bike that is a problem that just doesn’t exist!