I don't even know how I found this great blog post. It doesn't matter. Lots of us living I urban environments are increasingly feeling a bit "done," with owning and driving a car on a regular basis. There are so many ways it's a drag, right?
Expensive for starters. Car payment. Monthly parking somewhere which is actually a cheap alternative to dealing with the city that tickets! Insurance. That right there, as a short list of car expenses, can easily be $500! And that doesn't include driving anyplace yet! What a rip.
So, a good bike, might cost you a bit up front but it need not. In Chicago we have Working Bikes (24th and Western) working bikes.org. You can get a good enough bike for around $100+- a bit. That's lots less cost and hassle than buying a car. ( don't get me started on that all day time waster of an affair.)
Biking is a great simplifier too. It puts the joy back into getting around the city. And, what I really love, is that it brings me closer to people and experience as I ride around. I have so many great chance meetings that would not happen if I were sealed into the bubble of my car. If you want to know your neighborhood, I urge you to bike it. The super wicked good news is that generally, it's also faster than public transit.
Anyway, point taken then, yeah? A bike is a great alternative to a car. But where to put it in our smaller urban spaces? The brilliant simple, inexpensive answer : DIY from Kyle Wilson, who also happens to be a terrific artist.
So think green and simple. Try this scheme for storing your bike. And ride on everyone, one peaceful turnof the wheels at a time.