urbanMamas & the Low-Car Diet 2007
Inspired by Sarah's showing in last year's Low Car Diet, a couple of urbanMamas volunteered themselves for the Low Car Diet 2007, the second annual. We figured, with our fair share of TriMet adventures, biking with the trailer and/or the tag-along/trail-a-bike (configuring ourselves into one long train has become the standard method of transport) ... so, why not? Why not just give up the car entirely for a month? How hard could it be? We're already relatively "low-car" as it is.
In the weeks preceeding today's Low Car Diet start date, I have been having cold feet, thinking: "What have we gotten ourselves into?" It's one thing for a single person to give up the car; that's a sacrifice in and of itself. But, for a family of four to give up the family car, how would this work? We have been cherishing our days of ease, hopping into the car to traverse Portland's quadrants to meet friends for dinner or for a playdate.
Now starts the real challenge. Can we pedal or ride transit from our N. Pdx home to our friend's birthday celebration in Sellwood this evening? Can we manage to show up on time for swim every single day? With temperatures hitting the mid-90s this week and with some TriMet buses not air conditioned, will will melt into our bike seats and just weep hot tears?