I know there have been cargo rides in Sacramento before. John Boyer from Edible Pedal put together a great Cargo Ride/Food Bank Collection that was a huge success. I look forward to future possibilities to join in Sacramento's growing cargo bike community. This Sunday, there is a CycleFest at Southside Park and I plan on tracking down the owner of Cycle Trucks, a local builder of amazing Bakfiets-style bikes and trailers and discussing more possibilities.
One other bonus of not taking the entire evening to ride to Davis and back is that I should be more rested for my early morning appearance on Good Morning Sacramento on News 10. We'll be apart of the Cool California Challenge segment and have approximately 2.5 minutes to discuss our bike and what we're doing for the challenge. Super nervous! Fingers crossed that I won't be too horrible on live t.v.
In other news, I made the first step to going car-free! A quick call to the Toyota dealership determined my options to getting out of the lease early. 1--pay off the rest of the lease and return the car or 2--pay off the lease plus the remaining value of the car and then sell the car on our own. I think we'll take door number 2, Bob. Jose is going to take the car in and get a final overhaul maintenance and hopefully have them paint in a couple of nicks and then our car should be in pretty darn good shape to pass along to another home, hopefully for about the amount needed to buy it off. We've started looking into Zipcars as well as car-sharing with my folks (which we do already because none of us drive often). Based on our options, I am incredibly confident that we will be able to ditch the car within the next few months--hopefully sooner! Once we start saving the car payment and insurance costs, extra transportation options like trains, car rentals, and taxis, will help cover any additional driving needs. I am really excited!