, exercise goals
» Drive Less. Walk More. Bike More.
Drive Less. Walk More. Bike More.
Have you seen the website WalkScore.com? You type in your address and it will give you a rating of your neighborhood based on convenience of amenities available while walking. Their tagline is “Drive less. Walk more.”
Aside from it also popping up a picture of my house, which was a little creepy, it’s a great resource. My city overall scores a 70, but my specific address scores a 67. I do agree as it is almost a mile to most amenities around here. We can walk to a few restaurants and we do have a wonderful park and are in walking distance of both of my kids’ schools.
However, it’s a different story on a bike.
Everything feels close enough to get to on a bike. I decided yesterday to accomplish my errands at the same time as I got a workout. So, I pulled out my bike and prepared a little backpack and I was off.
I packed a few snacks and some water, knowing I was going to be gone for a while.
First, I rode to the post office (.8 mi) and then back to Dude’s school where I voted and put in some volunteer time in the library. My bike stood out in the school bike rack.
Then I went to the bank, Best Buy (scoping out a birthday present for my husband – only bought some batteries), Big 5 (needed KTTape). At that point it was lunch time, so I took a little break at Panera and had a cup of soup. I then went to the grocery store to pick up 3 things I needed for dinner.
All in all, I rode 8 miles in 48 minutes of riding. I returned home with a few things in my backpack which did get heavy after the grocery store.
I’m thankful that I had the free time to be able to leave my car at home and do my errands. I’m also thankful that my streets have wide sidewalks as riding my bike during the middle of the day felt a little like taking my life into my own hands. People come flying out of driveways and I only almost got smashed once. I kept my eyes open and was on high alert.
The good news is that biking doesn’t seem to aggravate my knee these days. I did start to feel a little sore by the end of the ride, but I think my strength training is doing good things.
Have you ever done errands by bike? Do you know your neighborhood’s walkability score?