Did you catch the bicycle petting zoo at the Saturday Market? Biking has sure changed! The shear variety on display were pretty marvelous. Cargo bikes, electric bikes, folding bikes, easy riders, reclining bikes and kids bikes, but it was only a sliver of what’s available.
The idea behind the Bicycle Petting Zoo was to reintroduce people to cycling, and the amazing tool that bicycles are. A green future includes a burgeoning bike culture.
Bikes have come along way in the last while, if you think that bikes are limited to road bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes, think again. Some of the takeaways from this event were:
- They are tools for hauling cargo or kids.
- They are being incorporated into any number of businesses for delivery.
- They are used for commuting and exercise.
- They can be adapted for long distance extended touring.
- Having multiple bikes for different purposes is a good thing.
There is a comfortable bike for everyone. Depending on the ‘geometry of the bike’ you might be sitting straight, forward or leaning back. Visit your bike shop to get ‘fitted’ for a bike that works for you. Cycling a bike that’s a perfect fits is like being a kid with total freedom. A totally different experience from struggling on a bike that doesn’t have the right geometry for your needs.
You can purchase a new bike or alter your existing bike by changing up the seat or handlebars or the dimension of your tires.
There are commuting options. We all know that with only two bike racks on the Transit bus, it makes taking the bus AND your bike into the city very challenging. Taking a folding bike on-board the bus solves that problem. Another idea is to throw your bike onto your car and drive to Langford, park the car and cycle the Galloping Goose into Victoria. You’ll skip the Colwood Crawl, get exercise, and reduce your emissions while saving money on gas and parking.
If you are fit enough to ride from Sooke to Victoria you are incredible…and there are safe trails to use all the way into the city.
Electric bikes increase the accessibility of cycling even more. If you have excuses like: I don’t want to arrive at work sweaty, try an electric bike. If you don’t think you have the physical ability to cycle far, try an electric bike. It’s going to take you wherever you want to go. If your excuse is I don’t have the time to cycle, an electric bike is fast.
One of the cool things about electric bikes is that you can retrofit your existing bike!
Its time to rethink where bicycles fit into your life. There is a bike for every level of fitness and for every level of ability. Find the bikes that are going to work in your life and bring a new level of joy into your life!
Lee Hindrichs, RN,
Owner of Proactive Health Style
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