I want to sell my scooter and operate from an electric bike only.
I almost did, till it was suggested to me that I try out using just an electric bike for a couple of weeks and see how it integrates into my life.
I am lucky enough to have a very good and trusting friend who has gone away on an overseas holiday for 3 weeks lend me his bike so I could try it out for an extended period.
11% increase in cycling in June 2014 over June 2013 according to the latest figures
And there's great new infrastructure being built all the time:
Including protected ones! That means physical separation from cars and trucks.
This will link the very popular north western cycleway into town, and connecting with the new Beach rd cycleway in town, which will massively increase the safety of urban cycling and hopefully lead to a reduction in tragic cyclist deaths and see more people confident to try an active transport alternative!
Think about the benefits of reduced traffic congestion as more people choose to ride to and from work knowing they can safely. Think of the benefits to the air quality of Auckland as there are fewer cars on the road, think of the general health benefits of a population more active in their daily life!
I know this choice isn't for everyone, I know there are cars and utes available for me to borrow when I really do need them, but I think encouraging and making it easier for people to make the choice to be car free helps us all.
- How have you found going car free and operating from just a bike?
- How have you managed to do the things you used to do in a car?
And if you're thinking about it, what's holding you back?
- not feeling safe on the road?
- not trusting the technology?
- don't feel you'll be able to do the things you do now?
I'm really hoping that this 3 week experiment works out and it is something that I can change in my life.