bikes vs cars 2013

Now that 2013 is well under way and the typical time for resolutions is two weeks ago, I figured it is about time I post one of my/our goals for this year.

We’re affectionately calling it Bikes vs. Cars, 2013.

bikes vs cars

If you didn’t already know we live in one of the greatest small towns in the Midwest. We can walk or bike pretty much anywhere we need to, but there are a lot of times that we are lazy or in a hurry or just don’t.

There have been so many times where I walk around town, dreaming to myself about how amazing it would be to live in a city where bikes and feet were the main methods of transportation, instead of cars and trucks. A town that was built around small bike and pedestrian paths and the only roads for cars/trucks were a few strategic access roads to get people in and out of the city.  The entire culture would be… different. Closer. Less isolated. Cleaner. Safer. Healthier. More interdependent. And I think it would be a whole lot better.

Although I know this idea will probably never exist we, as a family, are going to play a little game this year to see if we can make our town just a little bit smaller and a little bit healthier.

Here are the rules for our game:

1 >>> Each day we use a car is a “Car Day”
2 >>> Each day a bike is used, is a “Bike Day”
3 >>> Cars always disqualify bikes when used
4 >>> If there are more Bike Days than Car Days at the end of the year, bikes win, and 2013 is a success in all other related or non-related areas. Makes total sense, right? :) Also, this game has nothing to do with distance. We lose that, hands down.
5 >>> The end.

More updates to follow with cool graphics and official tallies.  And I apologize, this doesn’t really have much to do with photography other than the fact that I do at times take pictures while I bike.  Dangerous, maybe a little. But less dangerous than taking pictures while driving a car.

OH and if you think it’s crazy to bike in winter weather, I agree, people who bike during the Wisconsin winter are crazy. We don’t plan on doing that very often, but we think this is what will make the game a challenge during the days with better weather.

Happy biking!

Comments

  1. this is such a wonderful idea. I might have to join! :)

  2. this has me encouraged to get my bike fixed. thanks for sharing! xx

  3. Awesome. Jordan and I will very happily live in that same city. :) I biked a ton with Jolene last summer and looking forward to not being pregnant this coming summer and getting my bike out again. I think I’ve said it before but you and Jordan seem very like minded in a lot of ways.

  4. Oh. I guess I should add that I’m assuming Ray is writing this but I could totally be wrong. Happy biking (when its warmer in a couple months).

  5. This is such a great idea! Funny thing is today I read an article on America and its walking vs. driving ratio. I think about this pretty often, and remember when I lived in Germany how we always walked to the bakery and to the market.

    http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/01/america-walking-disaster/4409/

    I can’t walk to lunch at work because there’s a 4-lane 45mph zone between us. It’s the little things like that :/

    Well, I’m glad some people are fighting the way things are. Here’s to bikes :)

    nice sticker.

  6. i love that this post has NOTHING to do with photography and EVERYTHING to do with WHO you, kelly, and those little babes are!

  7. So, your perfect vacation then would be on Mackanaw Island?! Bikes and carriages….no cars allowed! :)

  8. You guys are so awesome.

  9. I love this. And you should really think about making this a public challenge/game for people to join. I think it’s a great format— simple and easy. I think others would love to share their experience doing it with you! Just a thought. You rock!

  10. I guess that’s a cool idea and all, if you’re into being healthy and fit or whatever.

  11. At our place we call them “No Car Days.” Our teenager has us all beat by many miles this winter, he rides to school every day on his fixie set up with Finnish “hakkapeliita” snow studs. He boasts 14 car free days in a row, in any weather.

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