At the end of May, Joey Szekeres wrote in to Frugal and Fancy-Free in St. Petersburg with ideas on transportation and health: “Even some of the most frugal will not ditch the car… only the hardcore .. It is hard.” As Szekeres pointed out, we all have our priorities when it comes to spending. His own priorities tend toward buying healthy food, rather than running an automobile.
Szekeres wrote, “ I just think it is interesting where if you look at areas where people walk to where they need/want to go generally there is a better body mass index. Because walking is easy really, but yet you are working out. When I was last in Europe, I saw the difference big time, but many areas in the US are just not designed for this life style. . . . ”
People who drive simply have to “get active in the gym later,” Szekeres also noted.
I myself became more aware of this issue, along with the benefits of relocalization, after I read a 2005 article by Bart Anderson on “Zones & Sectors in the City” in the Permaculture Activist. Anderson discusses how we can redesign our life styles to focus our activities closer to home and adopt alternative transportation options, which tend to wear less on the planet and support our health in the ways that Joey Szekeres values.
In my personal quest, I have discovered a terrific compromise between walking and driving: the beach cruiser bicycle. With fat tires and kickback brakes, this bicycle is the kind I grew up on and oh-so-easy and comfortable to ride. I bought mine a few years ago at ABC Bicycles on Central Avenue and 66th Street, where they now sell for $260 to $690, pretty competitive with a gym membership and almost any other vehicle.
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Till next time, stay frugal and fancy-free.