Monday, January 28, 2013

How I got back on my bike

It is related to this video, which tracks the Earth's surface temperatures for the last 62 years.

It seems kind of silly for us to keep pretending like nothing has changed, or that all this extreme weather is just a temporary thing. It also seems silly to ignore the correlation between the rising use of fossil fuels and the overall warming of the Earth. I realize that Fox News would have us believe that climate change is unrelated to our behavior...

I'm not even going to bother to comment on that (except perhaps to say that it seems the tiniest bit self-serving).

Also related to fossil fuel use, here is another interesting link, which tracks the correlation between the increase in driving and the expanding waistlines of most Americans.

Admittedly, both of these effects could just be coincidental, but if I'm going to be honest, I don't really believe in my heart of hearts that they are.

Speaking for myself, I tend to do a lot of unnecessary driving around town when I could just as easily use my bike. In fact, I found out how easy it is to get around by bicycle when I was doing the Bike Garden Challenge to raise money for the South Plains Food Bank. Once the challenge was over, though, I got lazy and I started driving again. Everywhere. All the time.

Heck, I drive to my bathroom, and it is attached to my bedroom. Even worse, I drive to the kitchen. And the refrigerator.

I think it is time to get un-lazy. I know, I know. It won't affect the climate change. I can recognize "too little, too late" when I see it. But knowing that is not an excuse.

*As a side note, not too long ago one of the boys next door came over to ask me how he could get a permit to park on the street (we have restricted street parking--otherwise, there would be so many students parking here on weekdays that we wouldn't be able to get out of our own driveways). I gave him the short answer (which was that he couldn't), to which he replied, rather plaintively, that none of the three boys living there could fit their trucks in the garage. I didn't find that surprising, since that particular garage was built before personal vehicles became steroidal. It isn't just that we are driving more; we are driving bigger.


  1. I do not understand the fascination with the big crew cabs when most of the time there is only one person in them. - finally whet here you make a difference or not at least your impact was minimal if none at all.

  2. "All we are, basically, are monkeys with car keys." - Northern Exposure

  3. Good for you. Fox News --- oy don't get me started.

  4. Great post. I have been telling people for years "It seems to be getting warmer every year." to which usually I receive the reply of "Oh,no... You're just getting older and feeling the effects the heat a lot more."

    You must have one big house or one very small car to move around with. Usually I just stand in my hallway and catch the bus at the corner of the dining room table.

    {BTW Good decision on the parking question)

  5. I live in northern VA outside of DC in an area densely populated by over-caffeinated, tweeting/texting drivers who think nothing of hitting pedestrians or anything else unlucky enough to be ensconced in a tank or military-grade HumVee. Of course, our famously mostly broken public transit system doesn't come out to my burb so driving is the easiest way of getting from point A to B without being killed. It's infuriating. I'd rather walk.

    1. Sorry to hear that. :-( Yet another good reason to live in Lubbock!

  6. Now there are more reasons to push on more biking trips. It's not just about health-related concerns, it has something to do with the worsening climate condition. Now, get yourself out of that car!

  7. I'm cutting the car trips to save for the chosen one of the houses for rent in makati, so I decided to get up and pull that bike out of the garage. Anyways, our office is just 10 minutes away from the house, so if I try to walk, that would be more or less 20 minutes. If through bike, maybe 15 minutes and you'll be there in no time.

  8. I'll skip my thoughts on climate change and get to a challenge I must salute you in...riding in your wind. Just back from a mountain bike ride / climb / grind at nearly 700' elevation change in 5+ miles, the wind part today was as tough as the climbs. But ours isn't constant except in spring, but your's on the Llano Estacado...crazy! But worth it - cycling much less stressful, too.

  9. Coincidental or not, the bottom point of the Earth's temperature and fossil fuels will be to affect us. It's a great decision that you had to switch to go on your bike. Perfect for recreation!


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