No Automobile, No Drawback: City Household Transportation


Using bikes is enjoyable and wholesome. Too unhealthy too many individuals drive vehicles in our cities. Automobiles don’t belong in cities is a thought which we share in our household. Automobiles have their place, however for each people and the surroundings, and in addition the aesthetics of our cities, it will be greatest if most of us would cycle to the grocery retailer, work and the cinema. That that’s potential I need to present you on this article.

Family cycling

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The Drawback

I admit that #FuckCarsRideBikes might be the perfect Hashtag I’ve invented. I dislike vehicles as they illustrate what’s unsuitable with our cities & cities: In all places we’ve got multi-lane streets in order that 1000’s of people that sit alone of their automobile can drive from A to B. What’s unsuitable about that is that the distances these folks drive ALONE of their vehicles is statistically lower than 5 km, or the space which many of the readers of this weblog hike in an hour within the hills or would be capable to experience on a motorcycle in 20 to 30 minutes. Add in that these days seemingly each different automobile driver is distracted whereas checking his or her cellphone, our ageing societies imply that there are extra people who find themselves bodily much less in a position to drive safely, and the emissions from vehicles that are unhealthy for our well being and also you begin to notice that we have to eliminate the vast majority of vehicles in cities and cities. That that’s potential and that one can thrive and not using a automobile and get every thing achieved is what I need to present at the moment, and hopefully encourage you to experience extra in your bike and drive much less in your automobile.

Jkl Uni

get from A to B

The children have hobbies, must be introduced to highschool and kindergarden, there’s the occasional factor to choose up on the publish workplace and groceries for cooking at house additionally must be purchased and introduced house. Add in a go to to the cinema, going for lunch with colleagues, enjoying video games with associates, swimming on the seaside and oh, yeah, displaying up on the workplace for work can also be good. Can one REALLY do all that by bike? Nicely, sure 😊

Statistically most individuals use their vehicles for journeys of three to 5 kilometre in size, which if you consider it, is insane. I experience with my children, with the trailer behind me and my son on his personal bike, in 15 minutes to the centre of Vaasa, which is about three kilometre away from our home. Just about all of it’s on biking lanes, and within the centre there’s dozens of parking locations for bikes so one by no means must ponder “The place do I park?”. It’s additionally free! If the climate is poor hardshells come on – dwelling in a coastal city (= numerous wind, 🌬💨 on a regular basis) means we’re used to sporting a wind jacket after we go exterior – and once you arrive on the Café, Restaurant or faculty you’re taking it off. No downside!

Parking for bikes

This isn’t some type of magic that solely we will obtain. Most individuals have very brief commutes and may do all of it by using a motorcycle, and did I point out that being on a motorcycle is wholesome and enjoyable? I no less than at all times really feel very completely satisfied after I can experience my bike. I believe the largest hurdle to those that drive with a automobile in every single place is that they assume that they cannot cycle. The reality is – when you’ve got discovered to experience a motorcycle, and personal a motorcycle, then you possibly can bicycle. Nobody is anticipating you to win the Transcontinental Race or going Downhill mountain biking however you probably simply need go to the Café or to the seaside. You additionally don’t have to promote your automobile and go all in, however progressively attempt what you all can do by bike. Cycle to work two days every week, as an alternative of taking the automobile to the fitness center take the bike to go grocery procuring, and if you wish to exit and meet associates why not go cycle to that beautiful Café as an alternative of taking the automobile? When you slowly section out using a automobile you’ll see that going by bike in every single place is straightforward – and never only for adults, additionally children like to experience their bike. The smile my Three 12 months outdated daughter provides me after we cycle collectively is superb, and whereas this clearly solely are brief distances like going to the Kindergarden, the playground and the library bus, it nonetheless permits her to get used to biking. For longer distances she sits within the Thule Chariot, which can also be nice to move stuff. And if it doesn’t match on the bike or within the trailer I take the bus or use a Taxi. By not proudly owning a automobile we save a minimal of 400€ per thirty days on car-related bills, and which are even in Finland fairly just a few Taxi rides.

Happy Cycler

The Bikes

Now I’ve been speaking a lot about our bikes – time to check out them! I’ve written earlier than about my Pelago Stavanger which I’m now using since 5 years. I purchased for my spouse some years in the past a Pelago Airisto which she loves, and with each of those bikes we will pull the Thule Chariot 2 the place our daughter sits and rides with us. The Airisto is a improbable bike and I bought my spouse the entrance basket because it makes transporting issues a lot simpler. The Airisto additionally performs nicely for bike excursions – we cycled for every week on Åland with these bikes and had a variety of enjoyable.


Pelago Airisto + Thule Chariot 2

Our son is on his fourth bike, and since a couple of 12 months he’s using the woom four youngsters’s bike which has been his greatest bike to this point. It’s not simply mild and grew with him, it additionally has eight gears which made biking up hills and in winter quite a bit simpler. The bike handles very nicely (particularly if in comparison with his older bikes) and it’s a pleasure to see him experience his bike proudly and having enjoyable. A great bike which is the proper measurement and simple to make use of makes all of the distinction in getting a toddler being keen to experience a motorcycle year-around, from spring until winter, and the woom four actually has made it simpler for us dad and mom to go biking collectively – as a result of the bike works flawlessly. We even have cycled some longer rides round Vaasa with him, and because of his woom bike he’s in a position to cycle as much as 20 km and not using a downside.

Our son is sporting the woom Helmet which is sweet, although it’s probably not made for the chilly climate of Finland and the width adjustment knob broke in the midst of winter – we’ve got been utilizing the Helmet now within the max. measurement, which is both approach what we wanted. It’s a light-weight and well-ventilated helmet and stands as much as every day use. Equally the woom bike lights had a battery which had issues dealing with the Finnish winter, it solely labored on a cost for a day or two max after which wanted recharging, although I think about this isn’t an issue in hotter climates. And we additionally bought the simple to make use of woom chain lock. You possibly can put in your individual code (and may change it simply, too) in order that approach the bike can at all times be securely locked when in school or on the town.

woom 4

Summer cycling in Vaasa

woom 4 + woom Helmet

The Thule Chariot 2 is a tremendous trailer and actually a very powerful piece of biking gear for a household with small children which desires to rely much less on the automobile. The Chariot 2 has allowed us to move each children on the similar time once they have been youthful, we will use it to move massive packages and it makes grocery procuring a breeze as you possibly can match a toddler and the groceries for every week in it with room to spare. We even have travelled with the bikes and the trailer on Åland which was a tremendous journey which mixed the bikes, prepare and ferry for a stunning week of biking within the Archipelago. The Thule Chariot additionally has flown with us when the children have been smaller, as it may be transformed right into a pram in a single minute (or a sled if there’s sufficient snow!). This actually is a tremendous piece of apparatus which is integral to our household not having a automobile, and I can foresee that even when our 3-year outdated daughter is sufficiently old to cycle herself that we’d hold the trailer for some time as it’s so rattling simple to move massive issues with it.

Thule Chariot 2 Transporter

Pelago Airisto + Thule Chariot 2

Family cycling in Vaasa

Cycle Touring on Åland

Thule Chariot 2 in the rain

Talking of transporting, my Trek 920 Disc has been a tremendous bike for each transporting, city commutes, enjoyable rides and adventures. I can transport an unreasonable quantity of stuff on it due to the 2 racks, and particularly the entrance rack is without doubt one of the greatest issues on a motorcycle, ever (Critically, if there’s one factor you must get in your bike it’s a entrance rack!). I like this bike and much more after I made it tubeless two years in the past. If it will enable me to tug the Thule Chariot I in all probability would personal solely this one bike.

Trek 920 All loaded up

Cockpit view

As we’re a household and we’ve got to move children, groceries and parcels now and again, I believe you perceive why we’re dreaming of a Cargobike. There’s simply too many choices and so they’re additionally all a bit expensive, however possibly sooner or later we are going to change from the Thule Chariot to a Cargobike for transporting…

SBlocs Cargo Bike

After which there’s the kick bike which our children used once they have been small. We had a Puky kick bike for each children, and our daughter has been using it since she was 1,5 years outdated. It’s one thing she actually enjoys quite a bit and she or he is fairly good at it, and after we go to the playground, for a stroll or to the library bus she takes the kick bike as that approach the longer distances are not any downside for her.

Loving to bike

Learning to bike

Come Rain, come Sunshine, we Trip

Using our bikes in any climate – from rattling slippery roads to the rain and scorching 30°C days – wants a little bit planning garment-wise, although as you’re probably a backpacker or skier you may have every thing you could experience in any local weather. We simply use our mountaineering clothes for biking, a very powerful factor is that they’ve a great freedom of motion. A wind or rain jacket and a rain pants are wanted in foul climate, whereas in the summertime we cycle in shorts and T-shirts. My spouse and children use a Helmet whereas I solely use one on lengthy bike rides – as a result of it’s OK to not put on a helmet, as bicycle lanes make biking protected and never a helmet. Windproof gloves ensure that your fingers don’t freeze stable (they’re additionally advisable in windy summers as heat fingers make biking much more enjoyable).

Rocking the Puky Kickbike

That’s actually it what ones have to transporting oneself from A to B by bicycle – sure there’s numerous fancy issues one can add to the bike however a primary bike, some gloves, possibly a helmet and relying on the climate a wind or rain jacket are all that’s wanted. Sooner or later I’ll write extra about helpful equipment for biking, however that’s not the main focus of this publish!

Cycling to go skiing

Pelago Stavanger Cockpit

Can’t do with out automobile?

If you can’t be and not using a automobile – since you truly life distant from civilization – I might encourage you to no less than not drive alone. Share a automobile with a neighbour or two, drive collectively, make much less journeys and in case your automobile is outdated get a automobile which is fuel-efficient or is an electrical automobile. Typically, sharing the automobile and driving collectively makes using a motor vehicle extra acceptable. Alternatively you would attempt a e-Bike as these let you go a bit sooner and additional with out an excessive amount of of your individual muscle energy, or take a look at one thing just like the Arcimoto if it must be a car.

Cabo da Roca

Go Trip Your Bike!

I hope you see it’s simple, enjoyable and wholesome to not drive in every single place in a automobile and that utilizing the bike for transportation in an city surroundings makes a variety of sense. There’s no looking for a parking spot, you don’t have to go to the fitness center, you’re exterior on the recent air and are having enjoyable. Having good bikes for the children and getting them used from an early age to biking helps to instil a happiness to bicycle in every single place in them, and in addition makes them extra unbiased as you as a dad or mum don’t have to drive them in every single place. So in conclusion I hope that you just now, with the start of spring, attempt to cycle extra! In any case – it’s enjoyable, wholesome and means that you can be extra exterior, and isn’t that what all of us take pleasure in essentially the most?!

Spring Races

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Åland scenary


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