Or I may have just wanted to have a play 🤔😂😁
We try to keep it local at our place. I'm fortunate to do most of my work from home. Savvy's school is just around the corner. Davian is the member of our family who does the most travel. His work as a TV camera operator and film maker sees him move around to a variety of locations. And so, up until last July, we had a car - a Toyota Wish that did a great job of getting him to the studio and various shoot locations, as well as allowing me to easily do our grocery shopping (a weekly ten minute trip to the nearest good quality fruit and vege shop and a fortnightly 15 minute trip to the bulk store). But we'd started to become increasingly uncomfortable with the carbon footprint of our travels in the car. We tried to only use it when it was necessary, but, every time we jumped behind the wheel, we felt a niggling sense of guilt. Essentially, it just didn't sit well with our environmental values. So when it was written off in a head to tail motorway pile-up in the first week of Plastic Free July (🤦♂️), we knew it would be our last petrol-powered vehicle.
After the collision, Davian bought an e-bike. The trooper that he is, he rode it all through winter and, despite damaging himself coming off the bike early one morning in a near miss with a curious bunny rabbit perched in the middle of the cycleway, he loved his new mode of fitness- and earth-friendly transport. After all, who doesn't love riding a bike? Whizzing back down the hill after dropping Savvy to school, the breeze in my face, is one of the highlights of my day.
And it's a whole new ballgame.
We gave it the ultimate test over Christmas, packing it to the hilt for our family camping trip, complete with Savvy's surfboard strapped to the top, and it did the job beautifully. I love how quiet and smooth it is to drive. I love that it means we have to travel more mindfully on long-haul journeys, with planned breaks when we can recharge the battery and have a picnic lunch or a quick explore of a new town. But, most of all, I love knowing that we can get where we need to go without spewing out dirty ole CO2. It's one more step on our path to a sustainable life.
When it comes to humans getting around this globe, peddle-power and clean and efficient public transport are the panacea. But, if you do find yourself requiring a personal vehicle, and your budget will allow it, I recommend exploring the exciting new world of the EV. Once you go electric, you'll never go back.