Week 4: “Keep it up y’all, just 49 more weeks to go!” Rick Titone
From the comments we’ve received so far, a pattern is starting to emerge: people are finding ways to go car free more often! One day turns into two, which turns into a whole week, and we start to see habitual patterns and behaviors change. It’s not for everybody, nor is it always practical as many people point out, but it’s doable for anyone as long as they’re willing to do so.
On another note, we’d like to announce some very exciting news! Oak Cliff Bicycle Company and Switching Gears Cyclery (soon to open) have agreed to be official sponsors of the 1 Day 52 Week No Car Challenge! We sincerely appreciate their support and energy in helping locals find reliable bicycles and bicycle accessories for commuting purposes. By the end of the year, both bike shops will provide rewards for completing the challenge. More on those details later to come!
Here are a few highlights from Week 3 quotes:
Made it car-free again today. Biked to the coffee shop, spent most of the day there. Easy. And the weather was nice – 45 degrees is nothing compared to 26!
Started out car-free yesterday (in the mist!), biked 2 miles to Home Depot for bungee cords, strapped-on a crate, and biked to Urban Acres for grocery shopping. Urban Pedal
Rode my bike to the gym to workout and then rode home. After dinner, rode up to Mockingbird Station to take the train downtown. Rode over the American Airlines Center for the Stars game. YES – They do have bike parking at the AAC!!!! Well, its actually just a group of 3 barricades, but it’s near the cops so it’s pretty safe. It’s at the NE corner of the building at the corner of N Houston St and All Star Way. After the Stars victory, (GO STARS!!!!) rode back to West End and caught the train to Mbird and rode home. BikeMan
I rode about 50 miles Sunday but hot chocolate and a flat tire changed my mind about spending the rest of the day car-free. I went car-free for MLK Day. I took DART the whole way. It was pretty uneventful…except I finally did figure out the right connections for the Green Line. I bought a street poetry book off a guy named Vernon Patterson and got a recital at no extra cost. When I got home and found out my kid had bought his other book. Its a small world after all. Sleepyhead
I made it car-free both Tuesday and Wednesday. Both pretty straight-up commutes to and from work. Failed today due to weather and tomorrow due to a work meeting I have to drive to, but two days ain’t bad, right? Dave Holt
I’ve gone all the way to Friday morning car-free this week, including a mid-day commute yesterday at 32 degrees, and this morning at 25 – my new cold-weather record for 2011! Today was a little tough with patches of ice popping up from yesterday’s rain puddles. Then the fingertips started going numb around Baylor med center (mile 3 of 5) despite glove liners under my heaviest gloves. Lucky they thawed out fine so I could post this comment for the week. Keep it up y’all, just 49 more weeks to go! Rick Titone