https://whatsupusana.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/ThinkstockPhotos-477294299-1.jpg 889 1581 Sarah Flinn http://whatsupusana.staging.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/USANA_logo.png Sarah Flinn2016-05-19 04:00:002016-05-16 15:33:44It’s as Easy as Riding a Bike (to Work)
When I first moved to Germany, I got off the train at the Hauptbahnhof, walked outside and saw bike rack upon bike rack overflowing with bicycles of all different ages and styles. My first thought was, “this must be a used bike shop.” Coming from Utah, I couldn’t believe that these were all the bikes of people that headed out of town for the weekend and parked them at the train station. They were coming back for them. And no, I could not buy one. A couple weeks later, I did find an actual used bike shop and bought my own commuter with a basket over the rear tire. For the next 6 months, I walked or biked everywhere around town. I took the trains on the weekends when I travelled to other cities, but for the entire time that I lived in Germany, I didn’t sit in a car a single time. And I didn’t miss it at all. In fact, I felt much happier riding my bike to the grocery store, class, and dinner. Road rage was a thing of the past. The panicked, white-knuckled experiences of my current morning commute were nonexistent. I didn’t have an option to drive, but it didn’t matter because I really loved riding my bike. So why did I immediately opt for the car commute the second I moved back to the United States? The answer is that I never really thought about it. It’s such a big part of our culture here that I just went along with it. But after watching a movie about bike commuting last week and anticipating Bike to Work Day this Friday, it’s gotten me thinking about my choices (and my excuses) again. Here are my (and many others’) objections to biking to work:
- It’s too far.
- I don’t want to (or can’t) shower when I get to work.
- I’m scared to ride on the roads with all the cars.
- I don’t have time.
- It’s raining/windy/snowing/hot/cold.