We live approximately two kilometers to the nearest supermarket, (no organic markets within walking or biking distance for us I’m afraid), and I’m getting sick of driving to the shops for the odd grocery, or even for the larger shopping trip. It not only feels wasteful and wrong in these times of high gas prices, but it is terrible for the environment. Apparently something like 60% of all vehicle trips are less than 5 miles, meaning that we do an awful lot of driving really close to our home or place of work. This is from an article I read a while ago, and found again, just for this quote…
The Planning Report – Solving the Public Health Crisis with Smarter City Planning
If you walk one mile, you put one gram of carbon into the atmosphere. If you drive the best possible Prius, you put 460 grams per mile into the atmosphere.
We ain’t got no Prius. Our minivan doesn’t count on the environmentally friendly scale. This site also looks at the cost of driving, (including some environmental factors).
I’m considering a bike trailer as a remedy to this situation. There are a number of options out there for trailers, most of them involve pulling kids around in something that looks like a jogging stroller strapped to the back of the bike. For shopping I think I’d like something a bit more purpose built, or if not purpose built, maybe just less built for kids to sit in?
Wike has a range of purpose built products ranging from the ubiquitous child trailers, kayak and canoe carriers, golf club trailers (now that’s cool), shopping trailers and dog trailers, to all purpose flat bed trailers and even a do-it-yourself kit trailer. Really there is a trailer for everyone and every situation, a lot of thought has gone into the concept
Now how about you get your bike serviced, get out riding and even hook up a trailer, it’s not just for the kids or the hardened bicycle tour fanatics to tow the kitchen sink. Take this quote from a satisfied customer…
Wike Bicycle Trailers: City Shopper Bike Trailer
I am a retired 63 year old male. I do not drive and recently purchased one of your City Shopper trailers. I cannot tell you what a Godsend it has been for me. Grocery shopping was always a major problem. I either had to take a taxi or walk. I could only carry enough groceries for a couple of days. Now I am able to bring home a weeks worth of groceries in the trailer. The trailer is very easy to tow and I was very impressed with the quality. Thank you for making my life a lot easier. Thank you and God bless you…
If I’m pulling my shopping on a bike trailer when I’m 63, I’ll be pretty happy, I don’t get enough opportunity for fitness as it is, I’d love to be able to make better use of the warmer weather by running errands on my bike.
Check out this Canadian company and discover another way to lessen your carbon footprint by riding to the shops instead of driving. This is not a paid post or review, I just really like the idea of this product, from the reviews and comments I’ve read, it is a simple functional design that is durable and easy to use.
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