While I don’t know anything about you, I’m pretty sure you ride a bike, and most likely only on weekends, since so few cyclists ride to work. That’s a habit we need to change, unless we believe the oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico is not our problem.
I’m telling you it is your problem — it is our problem — and if we don’t do something about it soon, we’ll pay an even bigger price than we’re paying now. And I don’t mean the price of gas.
We are in for some big changes in the coming years. We will be tested, but it may be for the better. Our future cannot be based on oil. According to a “peak oil” citation in Wikipedia: “Optimistic estimations of peak oil production forecast the global decline will begin by 2020 or later, and assume major investments in alternatives will occur before a crisis, without requiring major changes in the lifestyle of heavily oil-consuming nations.”
A change in lifestyle that would not be draconian is biking to work, to the store, to see a friend. The Nationwide Personal Transportation Survey says 50 percent of the working population commutes five miles or less to work. Most of us can find a store, a movie theater, or other popular destination, even closer.
I will debunk bike commuting myths and knock down the excuses in the coming weeks. That may take a while because I have heard so many!
The San Francisco Bay Area is an ideal place for riding year around. Let’s do our part and move up from the weekend ride to the weekday commute. It will do a world of good for you and planet Earth.