I ride rather than drive...
I retired a year ago and after commuting in my car for way too many years, I didn't want to drive anymore. Certainly not to the local stores and businesses. My car had an average of 40mpg which decreased to 28mpg once I started doing only short trips around town. I knew it was bad for the environment.
I purchased an electric bike, with a throttle power mechanism. I wanted to get the maximum exercise possible but be able to get some assist on hills because I had trashed my knee years earlier on my mountain bike. My mountain bike has been sitting in the garage two years, unridden, because of my bad knee. The e-bike was something my doctor felt was a good compromise. I found one built in the USA, which made me even happier.
I outfitted the bike with a cargo carrying capacity of up to 70 lbs and now I even do Costco runs on the bike. I love the easy parking, not having to find my car keys, and the savings on gas. I've put $20 gas in my car in the last 5 months! I just use it when I go somewhere with other people. Eventually, I hope to sell it and use car sharing.
I live in the Bay Area and it's a gorgeous place to ride. More trails and paths would be nice, but who can complain when they can bike by the ocean and look at the Golden Gate Bridge?blog comments powered by Disqus