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Why riding to the grocery store rocks

(updated: Sep 26, 2008)

You always get a parking spot right up front!

Always ride with lights, day or night.

The Dinotte. There is no brighter taillight out there, and there's no way cars won't see you. This thing lights up signs more than 1/2 mile away. Amazing. Note that the Masi already has a built-in taillight in the seatpost - nice touch.

And on the clueless side, a quote from Ft. Worth, TX, where they are experiencing temporary gas shortages:

"That's really, really scary for no gas," one woman said. "What would we do? We wouldn't be able to do anything. We couldn't go to work, we couldn't do anything."

How about riding a bike, dumbass? How about driving less? They could choose to kill each other, or just roll over and die.

In western NC they are also having problems, including Asheville, and now Charlotte. Long lines, fights, and hoarding which makes the problem get worse.

This is just a taste of the problems we face in the future. Get ready for gas rationing. I have no faith that people addicted to oil will behave rationally judging by what I've read. People will kill over gas. We've turned it into something as necessary as oxygen.

Is there any reason to drive to pick up stuff for dinner, except when the weather is bad like today? I'll be driving home from work, and I'll go home first and then get on the bike to pick something up when I could have more easily just driven there on the way home. It's much more enjoyable and actually helps me relieve some of the stress from the day.

Our leaders should be be enabling connections from homes to schools and shopping centers, so that it is safe for families to walk or bike to run errands or shop or whatever. Most commercial centers are located within two miles of residential areas, often much closer. Getting Connected is trying to do just that right here in Wilmington, NC. Hopefully it will catch on to other areas.

My sister recently visited Oregon. She is actually going to move to Eugene. She sent me a bunch of bike-related stuff she picked up there, along with a note that said, "It's amazing how huge biking is up there." I think, maybe I should just move there, but then I think, why isn't biking in Wilmington huge too? We've got a better climate, and it's flat so it's easier for folks to get into it. Do they have a lot more young people or something, where we have old folks retirement communities? What is it, man!


Filed Under: General Entries > North Carolina > Wilmington


1. Mike said...

I love riding to the grocery store. I just built a front wheel with a dynamo hub and I am expecting my headlight (Lumotec IQ Fly) to arrive today. I am really excited! The feeling you get when you have a really good commuting setup is really nice.

Sep 26, 2008 @ 6:12 AM

2. Michael said...

I also enjoy riding to the store and other errands on my bike. My wife wanted to run to the grocery store and Barnes and Noble the other day so I suggested that we ride there. She was hesitant at first but was so glad once she felt the freedom of not "needing" the car. We loaded up my Yuba Mundo with packages, groceries and lunch and headed back home. Once we get more dedicated bike lanes it will be easier to convince more of my neighbors to do the same thing. Please help support "Getting Connected" and join us on our Middle Sound ride this Sunday.

Sep 26, 2008 @ 7:46 AM

3. Rock Head said...

I love being free from depending on whether I have gas in my tank or not (And I have to say that I am fortunate that I can commute to work and get most of my goods with a couple of painer's bags). In fact, I will go as far as saying that I am disappointed when I have to get into my small truck and drive somewhere. I am not sure were we as U.S. citizens can make the claim that we are any different from the rest of the world...who do a hell of a lot more cycling than we do.

Sep 26, 2008 @ 8:18 PM

4. Bryan said...

Lately I find myself getting annoyed at some of the businesses that don’t have bike racks… as if I needed any further reasons not to patronize Dick’s Sporting Goods! I noticed the other day that Hanover Center recently installed a few, but the Harris Teeter there has only their shopping cart rack, which has a three bike capacity. I guess instead of bitching I oughta feel happy that there’s sometimes more bikes at that grocery store than they can accommodate!

Sep 27, 2008 @ 3:54 PM

5. Longleaf Bicycles said...


Good choice on the headlight, you'll love it. Its the best dynohub headlight for the money. Its so much better than the others out there than I don't bother regularly stocking any other dyno headlight except the IQ Fly.

Sep 28, 2008 @ 4:22 AM

6. irvintat said...

I noticed that about Dick\'s too. Thought it was odd that a store that sells bikes wouldn\'t have a rack.
I just locked to the handicap sign though. I used a mini u-lock. So, no chance of lifting it above the sign from the back of a pickup.
There is usually somewhere to lock to. But still very annoying.

Sep 28, 2008 @ 5:12 PM

7. Ian Oeschger said...

Man, I love those bike trips to the grocery store too!

So often, you go (in a car) because you need a few things and then load the cart with extras. Riding to the store on my road bike with a backpack helps keep me focused on the stuff actually missing from the pantry. And it just feels good.

A couple times I've made bigger trips with the Burley buggy empty and ready -- once to trade in our propane tank, which drivers-by mistook for a round, hairless white kid! :-)

Too, I think it helps raise consciousness in some small way to be out there, "being traffic", doing the basics on your bike. I know that as a driver, seeing bicyclists, bikes parked in slots, panniers and headlights gives me a great sense of...of an actual biking *ecosystem*.

Love the site!

Sep 30, 2008 @ 12:07 PM


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