I just heard that my office might move to a new location a few blocks from my home. I could clear those bikes out of my apartment if I didn't enjoy riding. If this office move occurs, I won't NEED the bikes anymore. I'll just use them for luxury travel, visits to suburban friends or to make some shopping trips quicker. There are a number of retail stores along my future commuting walk so most shopping will just occur as I go. I'm seriously thinking of looking for a job further away so I can get that effortless exercise and fun commute. I might try taking a long route home or getting up early and blending in with the recreational riders down on the bike paths... It could be worse the office move could've been to some inaccessible location. I'll brace myself for the change by reading that essay Thoreau wrote on walking, it starts off distinguishing sauntering from other kinds of walking and goes on from there. I might learn to like walking to work but now when I walk somewhere and see cyclists pedal by free as birds I say to myself "I should've riden the bike."
Another car free thing- my car free girlfriend has decided after 12 years or so to try driving for a while to see what the soccer mom experience is all about. A friend who will be out of town for a few months loaned her a min-van. When she uses the van to take her kid to school she leaves at least 15 minutes earlier than when she packs the kid on the bike. I asked her about it and she rattled off a number of things that make the car slower than the bike. Harder to get the kid in the car seat than the bike seat, traffic, the school has bike racks at the front door but car parking is around the corner.... She hasn't used the mini-van in a week, maybe it isn't so swell? She enjoys honking and waving when she drives past me on the street. That is worth something I guess.