"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi
This quote runs through my mind quite often. I love the implication of action. Be. Change. Wish. See. There are many changes I would like to see in the world, but one in particular has wheeled its way to the forefront of my consciousness. I would like to see a world less dependent on motor vehicles.
While we walk when we can, walking can be slow and tedious with two children in tow. But put them on two wheels and they ride like the wind. So we have been riding bikes. I have learned a lot about riding bikes the last few days:
1. My kids and their friends are excellent bike riders!
2. The railroad tracks are a fast shortcut to many locations.
3. I can ride to the library in less than 15 minutes (by car it takes just shy of 10 minutes) and thanks to the milk crate attached to the back of my bike I can return over 30 items. On my bike!
4. Bike riding draws much less attention than walking - no one I knew pulled over to see if I needed a ride.
5. It is fun to ride down hills and there is no shame in walking up the last one.
6. The soreness in my saddle will go away and I will eventually catch my breath.
7. I need more pairs of pedal pushers.
My biggest concern when riding bikes is cars, so I try visualize ahead of time the route I intend to take and use side streets whenever possible. I would love to see more people riding bikes to reduce the number of cars on the street, thereby making it safer for all of us to ride bikes. So I have challenged myself, and I extend the challenge to those of you interested, to ride my bike rather than drive at least one trip/errand per week. Just one, though don't be surprised if you want to ride more. Whether it be a trip to the park, the post office, running to the grocery store for a forgotten item - consider your bike. Be part of the change.
"When you pray, move your feet." African Proverb