I ride to get around

J B - Seattle, WA

I ride to get around
We sold our car 4 years ago. It was the day before the 4th of July. We took our daughter on the back of my Xtracycle to see the fireworks and came back around 11:00 p.m. She was only 6 years old, and on the way back said she was sleepy! I said hold on, we'll get you home. That was a bit rough, I did miss that car seat! We live close-in and needed that car expense money for living. We walk, bike, ride a bus or rent a Zipcar or use a car rental if we need to go out of town. I believe we are more fit and happy because of it. Friends who had given up their car before us were our cheering section. They said, just don't plan to do as much in a day. It sounded antithetical to the American Way. But what happens is we prioritize, and we give up events that are farther away. I got a job walking distance away, my daughter's school is walk/bike distance, my husbands job is a short bus ride or bike ride away. We emphasize walking and bus riding because sometimes you may not feel like riding or the weather is too much to deal with. Living more simply in terms of scheduling has made life better. We continue to evolve, and recommend this lifestyle as a way to gain health, reduce stress, and have more money at the end of the month. Plus it takes a whack out of carbon.
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