However, this book was written for people like me! After reading this book, I not only dream to get back on a bike again, but I want to contribute to making it part of our family culture. I want to ride along with my husband and kids again, and feel the exhilaration and freedom that I used to!
(*There's an addendum to these thoughts at the bottom of this post.)
|Micah taking the kids for a spin, Utah 2010|
|Zadok on the "Wee Ride" Tag-a-long, 2010.|
** Unfortunately our current residence of Hilo is not a bike-friendly city. In Elly's book she refers to some places that are just plane disappointing and dangerous to ride. I believe that Hilo is one of those places. It lacks both the infrastructure and friendly bike-riding culture that makes bike-riding safe and enjoyable for most people, especially families. Rarely do we see a family out bike-riding together on a sunny afternoon, which is sad, but I don't blame em. The streets are narrow, the bike lanes are few, and there isn't any bike path in or around town. There aren't very many sidewalks to ride on, either. One of the things that Micah has been missing here, is a good place to ride bikes with the kids. Elly's advice on living in a bike-friendly community is to either "become a champion of change, or move to a different city." I don't see the infrastructure of Hilo changing anytime soon, but us moving to become a more bike-friendly family? You never know.