Shopping in a rush (by bike)

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 …

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4 Responses to Shopping in a rush (by bike)

  1. anniebikes says:

    Bravo, Vicki. I know, sometimes even we cyclists get caught up in the car culture.

    • Vicki says:

      Yes, it is easy to think that way sometimes Annie, but it was good for me to rethink things and realise how much better the whole shopping deal is by bike.

  2. BB says:

    It’s surprising how often, particularly with short trips, that cycling is just as quick and, as you mention, there is the lovely bonus of a ride in the fresh air 🙂 I recently realised that cycling the 20kms to work was actually much quicker than catching the train.

  3. Vicki says:

    Funny you mention the 20k trip BB, that is what I had to do the other day to see a doctor and it took me longer than by car, but if I had taken the bus it would have taken the same as the bike, assuming, that is, that the bus turned up on time.

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