Wednesday, 5 March 2008

I Want To Ride My Bicycle

So, last night as I was saying my prayers, I had a revelation or an epiphany if you will. It was one of those ones I wasn't seeking, but just came to me. I've been trying to think of a way to get to where I want to be financially so that I can move on to the next thing in life. Without even soliciting advice last night, I had this idea thrust into my head; and I know you're all going to think I'm crazy when I tell you what it is, but here goes anyway...

In April after I get back from Utah and general conference, I'm going to sell my car, and trade it in for a bicycle. I'm going to ride my bike 20 km to work every day I can and 20 km back. (on rainy days and days where I just can't move, I'll take transit) This is really a great idea for so many reasons. # 1 - Cost - no car = most of my debt gone, also, gas costs and insurance are totally gone, not to mention parking with the CHR. # 2 - Exercise - not being able to drive to the gym after work every day will be absolutely no problem, as I'll get plenty of exercise without that jaunt to the gym. # 3 - I'll feel better about doing my part to lower emissions in the city. # 4 - NO TRAFFIC, and therefore less stress. There are oodles of bike paths in Calgary that will make this a fantastic, lovely stress free ride to work. Honestly, there are soooooooo many reasons why this is the most fantastic idea and could only be inspiration from above. There are some downsides to this, one of which I'll not be able to go wherever I want when I want, but where do I go much anyway? I'll figure all of that out. It was no problem before I had a car, and I can do without with reasonable ease now. So, if anyone knows of someone who wants a 2003 Honda Civic DXG - Black, Standard Transmission and in pretty sweet shape for $14000 obo, please give them my phone number. (or email me) Now all I need to do is decide which bike I'm going to replace my car with. There's no point on skimping in price, this thing's going to be my only transportation and my pride and joy, so I think tomorrow on my lunch break I'll take a jaunt over to Mission Cycle and ask their advice. I think I want a basket. So, there you have it, I know you all think I'm nuts, but I feel so good about it, I don't care.

1 comment:

Amanda said...

You may want to hang on to the car insurance, you can do this by adding yourself to your parents policy. Reason, if you give it up you may have to start from fresh if you ever get another car. That means huge insurance rates! Check it out with your insurance agency before you cancel. (My brother had this problem when he left for his mission.)