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I try to focus on how easy riding is & how many advantages it has over driving or taking transit--especially with two or three little kids. I love riding & I've been biking for transportation on & off for over 15 years now, so it's second nature to me, & I can get a little carried away talking about the load of paving stones Oli biked home or the four giant Ikea bags of clothes I rode with to a clothing exchange.
Some people might consider me a "hard core cyclist", since I talk about it, blog about it, I even wear it on t-shirts. But really, I'm not all cycling all the time--it's just one of my options. We don't own a car, but we do drive Modo carshare vehicles once or twice a month when we go somewhere farther than we'd want to ride, or in really awful weather. I take transit sometimes, like when Linnaeus & I went to see the Nutcracker Ballet last December, or when we went out to the Beaty Biodiversity Museum at UBC with another family. I also don't really ride that far most of the time. Preschool drop-offs are about a 2km round trip, most of my grocery shopping or errands are within 3km of home. Even when I do a Costco run, I usually buy less than I would if I were driving & it's just a 15 minute ride from home.
I think maybe all the labelling divides people. Cyclist, MAMIL (Middle Aged Man In Lycra), Gear Head, Mountain Biker, Bike Commuter, Weekend Warrior, Recreational Rider... I get that our transportation can sometimes feel like a part of our identity, but let's not let semantics get in our way. Just get on a bike & ride. Try it on a weekend or evening, on an off-street path like the seawall or the Central Valley Greenway. Leave the car at home & do a quick run to the grocery store near your house for two or three things. Ride five blocks to the park with your kids on a sunny day. Just do it. I bet you'll like it.
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