I was chatting with a colleague the other day when the subject of commuting came up. When he learned that we’re a family of 5 with one car, we live in the suburbs, and that we use our bicycles as our primary mode of transportation, he seemed impressed, even awestruck. He thought car-light/car-free lifestyles are only for the young, hardy, and hip who live within urban areas. The idea that a garden variety suburban family in a garden variety suburb could live a car-light lifestyle seemed simultaneously puzzling and incredible to him.
Here’s the news: we’re nothing special. We truly are just a typical middle-class family living a typical middle-class life. We’re not athletes; we’re not adventurers; we’re not risk takers; we’re not anything other than an average family who, whenever possible, just happen to rides bikes, walk, and use transit instead of driving a car. It’s not heroic and it’s not rocket science. The fact that we can do it proves that riding a bicycle for transportation is a simple thing that almost anyone can do.
We frequently talk to non-riders who imagine using bicycles for transportation is difficult. Consequently, we feel a strong need to show people otherwise (that’s one of the primary motivators for running this blog). With that in mind, we’d love to hear about how you incorporate bicycles into your unexceptional lifestyle. If you’re just a boring, run-of-the-mill bike commuter/transpo rider like us, we’d love to hear about it in the comment area below. Let’s let potential utility bicyclists know that it’s not difficult to leave their cars at home. Thanks in advance for sharing!