I say that I cycle everywhere, which is basically true. However, there are some places too close or too far to access via bicycle. This weekend presented a mix of destinations and led to a mix of transportation modes.
Bike. Friday night we rode our bikes for dinner at Atwood Cafe and an amazing O’Neill play, Desire Under the Elms, at Goodman Theatre. Pretty sure we were the only ones there carrying around bike helmets, but I care not.
Car Share. Saturday was my first experience with car sharing. We took ZipCar to the my best friend Melissa’s house in the suburbs for a Luau party. (M’s running blog here) Zip Car is a car rental paid by the hour. This car was 9 dollars an hour, including insurance and gas. Split among three people, the trip was cheaper than taking the el train to the metra train and 3x faster. The process was quick and easy: the car was reserved online, parked a block away, and opened with a key card.
Walking. Sunday morning is a good time for donuts. The best bakery in Chicago is in my neighborhood, too close for a bike ride, so I threw a parka and boots over my pajamas and set out on foot. There’s heavy snow today and I will brave any weather for fresh-baked goodies, but I was missing Trisha, who went out last weekend and made the trip before I even woke up.
If more people considered their options beyond personal car ownership, they’d have a lot more fun and would be less likely to mow me down while riding my bike. Wouldn’t that be nice? :)