I started commuting to work by bicycle in 2009. I started off with a Trek hybrid (who I named King Louie) fitted with a Kangaroo child seat for my one year old. As she grew, my bike set-up changed. She outgrew the Kangaroo seat and I started transporting her around with a bike trailer pulled behind my bike. It was easy, but inconvenient sometimes so I found a Tyke Toter that solved the problem for a little while. My latest and greatest purchase was an Xtracycle Radish (who I named Lola). It's a long-tail cargo bike that has solved all of my commuting problems. My daughter, now five years old, sits on top of the long tail, I have tons of cargo carrying capacity and this bike is so smooth and easy to ride. I've had this for eight months now and I still absolutely love and enjoy riding my bike. A lot of folks don't understand why I love riding my bike so much (I do own a vehicle). Here are a few reasons why:
- I save money on gasoline, wear and tear and maintenance on my vehicle, and car insurance due to the low mileage I put on my car every year.
- My daughter loves getting around by bicycle. She gets lots of attention from everyone and just truly enjoys the fresh air and freedom of the bike.
- I get plenty of exercise. It takes me a half hour to get to work on bike in the mornings, and then another half hour to get home. I am killing two birds with one stone, getting to work and getting my workout.
- When I get to work I feel invigorated and ready to tackle my desk. At the end of the day I am de-stressed by the time I get home.
- This choice of transportation is earth friendly. I feel genuinely good about the low environmental impact I make every single time I choose my bike over my car.
- I meet a lot of people. My lovely cargo bike sparks a lot of conversations with random people. I feel a stronger connection not only the earth, but also to my community.
- I am saving money on my water bill at home since I take most of my showers at work when I get there.
- I get the best parking spaces everywhere I go. I love locking my bike to parking meters in center city downtown or getting better parking than handicapped spaces. I never have to worry about parking lot or parking meter fees.