Today I had to make a quick trip to the local shopping centre and as I was leaving I was cursing the fact that I would have to unlock the bike, put on my gloves and helmet and pack up all my shopping into bags rather than being able to throw it into the car without thinking, and how all these things would take so much of my very precious time.
Then, I considered the things I would NOT have to do which would have taken up more time had I used a car:
- walk to the car, which would be parked much further away than my bike, which was conveniently beside the entrance
- drive the car through the many roundabouts and along the circuitous routes, then stop at the queue at the exit gates to get out of the car park rather than just head for the nearest exit just metres from where my bike was parked
- sit in traffic at multiple lights (at least four sets) rather than whizzing along the very pleasant bike track which goes between houses and sporting ovals towards my place, and only needing to go through two sets of lights
- get stopped at the rail gates which can hold up cars multiple times, whereas bikes have their own crossing area and can cross as soon as the gates open
- get to enjoy the outdoors and sunshine, which I had been looking forward to…
My trip home was quick and uneventful and I got to have a pleasant ride as a bonus …