Habits. Some serve us well, like brushing our teeth. Others are not so useful, like reaching for the car keys whenever we need to go somewhere. And the thing with habits is that we just do them – without really thinking about it. Sometimes when we step back and think about our options, we find new and better choices available to us. For example, when your kids were babies the car was probably really useful, but perhaps now they are older their are some alternatives to car use? Using bikes or walking is called ‘active transport’. It is good for our bodies, our minds, our communities and our environment.
Making a short trip of 2km by bike with kids is quite realistic. Although, if you are just starting out, you might want to build up to that. And research estimates that over half of urban trips are less than 2km* – giving you a fair few trips to pick from! Often it is quicker to go by bike: congestion can be bypassed and parking is way easier! It is definitely more fun.
Some everyday destinations you could consider cycling to include:
- Soccer / swimming / rugby / music lessons, etc
- Visiting friends and relatives
- A trip to the playground or park
Google maps is a useful way of seeing just how far away your destination is, as well as your route options. It even shows you estimated time it will take to bike vs drive vs walk.
Once you get out into your neighbourhood you’ll have lovely opportunities to meet your neighbours, smell the roses and discover new aspects of your part of the world. And you may even find yourself with a whole new habit going on!
Biking is ordinary to me. So much so, I got caught off guard the other day. It didn’t really seem […]
*The Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) (2007) reported in their Sustainable transport plan 2006–16 that the car was used for 54% of morning peak trips less than 2km long and 76% of trips less than 5km. The data also showed that cycling and walking were significant modes of transport for trips up to 5km long, but negligible for trips longer than 5km. Source: NZTA