Just this week I’ve discovered a couple old friends that have recently begun biking. One through necessity of not being able to drive any longer and the other through… I don’t know, actually. Gas prices? He gives me some credit though on his mySpace blog, and I thank him for mentioning it.
I don’t ever want to take undue credit for anything. It’s always nice to hear about someone you know who’s always been either steadfastly against riding bikes because they’re “dorky” or they’re “what dirty hippies do” or they’ve just always embraced the car culture that has pervaded virtually everyone’s lives. It’s nice to see it happen, and just merely smile on the inside, never gloat, never give the “I told you so!” I just appreciate that someone has seen the light themselves.
My sister, who just moved to the ‘burbs in Baltimore, also just shocked me by forwarding me an email she wrote to some city council member there in the “Greatest City” about the problems with bike parking at the National Aquarium. Just making me proud! It’s just what’s important: speaking up for yourself and supporting a self-sustaining, energy conscious, peaceful mode of transportation!
No matter what your situation is don’t ever forget the awesome alternative of riding a bike, whether you’ve lost your license, can’t afford a car or gas, or just want to try something new—it’s just about the best way to get around. Preaching to the choir here: ride a bike! For the first time in years or everyday for a lifetime, it’s a good thing!