And layering is certainly something I've been taking advantage of. On one of my last bike trips to the farmers market, I was sporting 5 layers on the top half, and 4 on the bottom half. It was the only way I could bike to the market, stay for several hours, and still be warm enough to bike back home. All I know is it worked!
I did use the car a few times. Poor Kelsey (our dog) has had a horrible ear infection that required a vet visit 4 times in the span of 2 weeks. Yeah, not exactly her favorite car trip. But putting her in the kennel and onto the back of the bike just wasn't going to work and having access to the car made things much easier. I did take advantage of those days I had the car and ran any extra errands we needed that I'm not normally able to do on the bike.
It also looks like I'll be using the car a bit more in the future. As I mentioned yesterday, I've been working with the board of our local farmers market to launch a new volunteer group, "The Friends of the Brazos Valley Farmers Market." One of the activities of the group will be hosting an informational booth on market days to help spread the word about the benefits of eating locally, tips on shopping at the market, and other ways we can support our local community. Starting this past weekend, I got up extra early and with pamphlets in hand, had my own little booth at the market. Of course, since I need quite a few materials with me, it means a short car trip, but if I'm able to spread the good news about eating a local diet, it's VERY much worth the 2 mile drive in the Prius.
Never fear. I may be driving a little more often, but my commitment has not wavered. Just about every other day of the week, you can find me biking around town, my bike basket full of goodies. Some days you'll find me parked in front of the natural food store, other days the library, and about once a week along the railing outside the Village Cafe where I plan all my lunch meetings - their food (all local) is so fabulous that I strategically plan all meetings around lunch time!
So what about everyone else? Have you been making a greater effort to leave the car in the garage and bike or walk some of those errands?