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Published: Friday, April 18, 2008, 12:01 a.m.

Riding a bike part of sustainable life

What about those gas prices!?
I suppose some who are in the transition from car to other means of transportation (bicycle, walking, bus) or seriously thinking about it, should be pretty motivated at this point, with gas nearing $4 a gallon.
I stopped driving years ago for the freedom of a bicycle. When this war started, I began stating my opposition, "I would rather get around by bicycle than kill for oil." I have ridden my bicycle from Everett to Washington D.C., three years to make that point.
If you choose a bicycle, I am positive you will find more reasons to stay on your bike once you start. There are health benefits -- mental, physical and spiritual. And savings -- the average cost of maintaining a car is in the thousands, a bicycle is approximately $150 or so.
Riding a bicycle is one of the simplest things I can do every day to be kind to myself, others and the environment. I always try to keep in mind the future generations and what we can do to leave this place in better condition than we found it.
I have a simple formula for a simple, "sustainable" way to live;
1. Live close to where you work.
2. Ride your bike or walk to work every day.
3. Support your local co-ops; food, farmers, bicycle, art, public radio, etc. If there are no co-ops, start one.
4. Don't be in too much of a hurry, for anything. (Or too busy.)
5. Take your shoes off as often as possible, breathe deep, drink water and treat others like you love them!
Oh, don't forget, bike4peace! Start a weekly or monthly ride in your community or neighborhood!
Ron Toppi
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