This one should really come as no surprise to anyone that has been following me on the bird site for the past year and change. During that time, I allowed the angry bike part of twitter (which lines up nicely with the we hate suburbs part of twitter) to influence me. There is a lot of very interesting things out there in regards to micro-mobility, and I’m jumping into it with both feet, mostly.
Since this timeline started over 1,300 days ago, I have driven my car less that 5,000 miles a year. Go ahead and read that again. I did not miss a zero. The guy that crushes 50k warranties in 18 months, driving less than 5,000 miles in a year? Crazy, I know, but true. And, I don’t expect that to change much going forward for many reasons that I’m sure I’ll discuss later. Taking this new driving pattern into account, I’m struggling to find the justification for spending close to $800 per month for the convenience of having a car.
So, I’m going to sell the MINI. And, I’m going to replace my short trips with an electric bicycle.
I’m calling this an experiment. I live in Glendale, Arizona, which is as suburban as suburbs get. Which means it’s really not that easy to get around by foot or by bicycle. Knowing that, the bulk of my travels (doctors, gym, grocery store) can actually be completed, easily, by bicycle. And I have been talking to the city about the lack of good infrastructure for those not in cars, because why complain when you can actually do something about it.
Anyway, experiment. I will try to ride to work (40 miles round trip) and ride for my short trips around town for as long as possible. Do I think I will actually be successful? Nope. But I do think it’s worth trying and worth saving the money for a few months while I do.
This also means other changes happening to the donburnside.com family of sites. For sure, dbmini will be closing down. I have the domain for another year, and it’s been going longer than any of my other sites. Since I’m not going to be driving a MINI and will probably not drive another MINI, it’s time. It could also mean changes to White Roof Radio, but that’s a lot more complicated. Stay tuned.