Going green is easier then you might think and fun to boot. Yesterday in spite of a number of rain showers, I took my little reusable cotton grocery bag and instead of climbing into a vehicle with 4 doors and 2 wheels I opted for one with no doors and 2 wheels. In other words I put the bag on my bike and peddled my way to the grocery.
This isn’t exactly earth shattering news in Scandinavia. In fact the local area where we have our summer home, like most of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, has wonderfully developed bicycle and pedestrian paths and the Scandinavian people seem to bike everywhere. Not only do they bike everywhere but they bike at all ages. It is not at all unusual to see people over 65 or 70 peddling in to town to do their daily shopping. Just think how many illnesses and how much more mobility they have because of this habit. Of course most of them didn’t pick up their bike last year and start training! I am sure the vast majority has ridden their bike to town for the last 50 years and that is why at the age of 70 they are still able to do so!
Another thing I really like about it is that the bikes don’t necessarily need to be the newest or most modern. There are many well maintained and well used bicycles peddling around the streets of this little town. The relatively flat terrain makes biking a cheap, easy, and healthy choice for your daily errands.
Using bicycles as a means of alternative transportation is a great way to reduce the impact on the environment and save money too! In addition to that it is good cardiovascular exercise, burns up a bit of my vacation calories and is actually quite enjoyable. Much like my feelings at the beach, when you get to the top of a little hill and begin to coast down the other side it is still just as exhilarating as it was when I was 6 years old. The feeling of the wind on my face and the sound of it rushing by my ears, leaning down over the handle bars to go just a little bit faster. Its good, childish and fun…and tomorrow we will be riding our bikes to the golf course!!
UPDATE: To see how our golf trip turned out visit RennyBA!