Six people transforming the way they travel
by Ros Jarvis
So our six weeks are up and what have I got to show for it?
Not a lot. I have to confess (do I?) that when I started, I was a trifle smug. I was going to get back on my – electrified – bike, sailing up the hills and showing the world how easy it is to ‘cut the carbon’. But it didn’t work that way.
The blog coincided with a particularly busy spell in my life in which time was important, so if I didn’t have my bike, I wasn’t prepared to spend a lot of time walking, especially carrying heavy loads, instead of taking the easy option, aka the car. At the back of my mind, I knew I could go to the bike shop and get my bike back, to use without the motor until the parts eventually arrived (and I’m still waiting)! But that would have meant tackling these hills in the cold and rain when my fitness level was pretty low and I chickened out.
People often comment that living the rural dream, where I do, means we are dependent on the car. That’s true for the vast majority of us, especially those having to get to work by 9am. But it wasn’t always thus. People have always lived in the countryside and the majority of houses in our parish were built long before the car was invented.
Maybe we have to learn lessons from the past, without trying to go back there. Maybe we have to learn to aspire to less and at the same time, like Ali, appreciate our surroundings, chat to people along the way, get fit and healthy. After all, we don’t, in the end, have any choice. Our planet can’t sustain us the way we are living just now.