Going Green

ReCycle Bicycle CoOp

July 7, 2008

The rising cost of gas and just about everything else, combined with my ambition to exercise more and be healthy, have inspired me to look for some creative transportation options.

I love our Toyota Yarus – who can beat 35 mpg in city? – and getting the scooter has really helped. But, with all of our trips to Little Rock, plus car payments, gas, & insurance for two cars, I am seriously in need of a better option.

Plus, I really, really need to add an aerobic exercise to my workout regimen. Unfortunately, gym memberships are extremely pricey, and outdoor running is a bear on my knees and joints. Most gyms recommend an elliptical over a treadmill for aerobic workouts and joint health. As far as outdoor workouts, I’ve read that, overall, bicycling is a little bit easier on the body than running. 

So, in short, I am looking at getting a road bike. Bicycling eliminates the cost of gasoline and the negative environmental impact of a gas-guzzling vehicle. Granted, Central Arkansas summer weather is a bear, but if I bike early in the morning or late in the evening, I think biking could really be enjoyable. Plus, the library, grocery store, and other life necessities are just a few miles from my house. Could be a great creative solution to my transportation/exercise dilemma. 🙂

My brother recently told me about the Arkansas Sustainability Network and their ReCycle Bicycle CoOp program. I’m going to check it out next week – will let you know what I discover. 🙂

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  • Reply Lea July 13, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Yes, bicycling is much less impact than running! Could be a great solution! I’m curious about the Bike CoOp, too.


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