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Ahhh, the joys and advantages of errand-running on a bike

Old 02-13-11, 12:54 AM
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Ahhh, the joys and advantages of errand-running on a bike

I know I'm probably preaching to the choir, as the saying goes, but here goes....

I like to ride my bike around town running errands, shopping, or getting a bite to eat. Today I decided to go get something to eat at one of the many Asian sandwich shops here in the San Gabriel Valley area, which is teeming with them. Anyway, as I was riding to the shop I was reminded how fun it is not to drive during the weekends in this part of the valley. Cars everywhere! I zipped by and smiled to myself and wondered to myself why do people subject themselves to such aggravation of driving during the busy weekends. The distance was maybe 3-4 miles round trip and took me maybe 30 minutes. I know it would have taken me about an hour if I had driven. Traffic is really bad here during the weekend. This means I have to be extra careful and vigilant too. Too many bad drivers here.

In a way I still think we live in a car culture where driving still has status, so if you're riding a bike you're probably poor. I think some people don't ride a bike for that reason. I dunno. I couldn't care less. I have two cars and actually find it more practical to ride my bike at times. I also like to save gas too, but for the most part, riding a bike is fun and practical, especially when it means not hvaing to deal with traffic.
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Originally Posted by djork View Post
I know I'm probably preaching to the choir, as the saying goes, but here goes....

I like to ride my bike around town running errands, shopping, or getting a bite to eat. Today I decided to go get something to eat at one of the many Asian sandwich shops here in the San Gabriel Valley area, which is teeming with them. Anyway, as I was riding to the shop I was reminded how fun it is not to drive during the weekends in this part of the valley. Cars everywhere! I zipped by and smiled to myself and wondered to myself why do people subject themselves to such aggravation of driving during the busy weekends. The distance was maybe 3-4 miles round trip and took me maybe 30 minutes. I know it would have taken me about an hour if I had driven. Traffic is really bad here during the weekend. This means I have to be extra careful and vigilant too. Too many bad drivers here.

In a way I still think we live in a car culture where driving still has status, so if you're riding a bike you're probably poor. I think some people don't ride a bike for that reason. I dunno. I couldn't care less. I have two cars and actually find it more practical to ride my bike at times. I also like to save gas too, but for the most part, riding a bike is fun and practical, especially when it means not hvaing to deal with traffic.
SGV in the house! yea that part of the valley is horrible. I used to live in Rowland Heights, same deal as Alhambra...traffic as far as you could see, land-lock. it was terrible. i wouldnt even ride cos i was forced up the narrow curves...ughhh i don't even know how you did it. i mean sure riding a bike beats sitting in a car but i hate bad drivers in bad traffic.
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