Growing up on bikes
We love biking! As a family, biking has always been a part of life. Our boys are growing up thinking that it is completely normal to hop on the bike and buckle their helmets instead of getting into a car. We made the transition into car-freedom in October 2012, about 6 months after we got our first cargo bike--a Yuba Mundo. This bike changed our lives! Suddenly, we realized that we could do just about anything without the car and it was much more enjoyable than driving. We run errands, commute, transport our kids, groceries, and friends, go on trips, go camping, and ride around having lots of fun by bicycle. We have added a few more practical bikes to our fleet--a BionX-powered Breezer and another cargo bike, a Larry vs. Harry Bullitt, and a Mobic folding bike. One of the best changes is that by not paying all the car-owning related costs, we are actually saving money.
My hope is that we are able to share with others the joy of using bikes as transportation, entertainment, and exercise. Most importantly, I just want to show that it is not only possible to choose pedaling over driving, but it's actually easier than you think.
Since jumping into a car-free life, I have also started helping organize Sacramento's monthly Kidical Mass rides, become an LCI through the American League of Bicyclists, teaching pedestrian and bicycle education to elementary school children through Safe Routes To School programs, and helping out at Practical Cycle. Biking is my passion and it is wonderful to be able to fully immerse myself in this slower-paced, healthier, less expensive, exciting, and adventurous lifestyle. I love sharing the benefits of bicycling with my friends and family, as well as our greater community.
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Each 4th Saturday
October 26th: Halloween Ride--dress up your bike and yourselves for some spooky and silly fun!
November 23rd: Cargo Bike Food Bank Run--Bring some nonperishable food as we ride around town picking up food donations and deliver them to the Sacramento Food Bank.
December 28th: Hot Cocoa Ride--warm up after a chilly Winter ride with a yummy treat.
*January 1st: Ride to Sutter's Landing for Friends Of The Riverbank's annual New Year's morning walk along the river
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Miles Ridden Since March 1, 2012:
This has become just a rough estimate because I ride too much to keep exact numbers now. Plus, it only reflects my mileage, not Jose's.
Using a rough estimation of the cost of driving being $.60/mile for our former car
Carbon Emissions Avoided:
Assuming the EPA's calculation of 19.4 pounds of carbon emissions per gallon of gas and we drove a Prius which gets on average 40 mpg