I guess it’s been over a month now, that Dean and I have been living a mostly car-free life. He asked me the other day if we had hit the 30-day mark, and I ambivalently responded with an “I’m not sure, I think so?”.
Reaching for the bike has become what reaching for the car keys used to be; routine. Being in a car feels suffocating, stifling, and stressful. When I was a teen, I remember LOVING driving. There was a feeling of freedom so attached to the act of driving, you couldn’t help but feel like you could go anywhere and do anything behind the wheel. Driving now, has an opposite effect on me. It is on the seat of the bike that I feel free from the stressful confines of the daily commute; it is when I’m coming down a hill on my bicycle and my eyes start to tear that I feel like I am living, partaking in life; it is when my heart pumps furiously to get me up a hill that I am aware of my own physicality. As the young’uns would say: the car is sooo last month.
I have quite enjoyed the last 30 days, so much so that the end point to our commitment was no longer important. I wasn’t waiting for it to end, and I plan to continue this lifestyle as much as I can. Perhaps someday we will be living somewhere that is even a little more bicycle-friendly and that would certainly smooth a few things out. I can’t wait until we get dog trailers to tow our doggies with us on rides. And if and when we have kids, I can’t wait until the day I introduce them to the bicycle.
I did learn a few things about living a car-light life and I hope to learn more as time goes on. Having two dogs, I don’t think we could ever get rid of the car completely. I noticed that the times we did have to use the car, it was for the dogs. We managed our own chores quite well on the bicycle, and perhaps in the future a cargo bike will make it that much easier.
The bicycle has helped slow down the pace of life for us, and I am quite liking it. Perhaps I will be singing a different tune once winter rolls around? Guess we will have to wait and see