It is my personal gift to the community that I haven’t got a driver’s license. I know I would be a lousy driver either driving recklessly with no regard for others or extremely slowly like a snail – driving other drivers up the wall. And I would certainly become a champion of swearing and cursing for I have no patience with people on the move.
It is hardly a secret that I have no sense of direction and can easily get lost in a big supermarket. Every time I ask for directions I barely remember the first sentence, the rest is lost on me. In addition, road signs are all Greek to me which is funny because as a child I knew them all. My father used to take me on tours and as a game I had to tell him what every sign meant.
One of the reasons why I haven’t got a car is my fondness for walking. I need my daily dose of fresh air (with a bit of traffic fumes thrown in) and if I don’t get it I feel bad. What’s more, I come from a family of great walkers – both my grandma and my mum prefer walking to driving. So walking is in my blood.
But this year I decided that I was ready to have my own means of transport. After four months of moaning and groaning my better half finally gave in and bought me a bike. Anything to shut me up! Besides, he thought me intelligent enough to handle two wheels well enough and not to kill myself. Or anybody else. Bless his heart!
Oh, I love my bike. It’s simply perfect for me – not too big and not too heavy. Now I can go anywhere I like and in half the time. I can visit my mum more frequently and spend some quality time with her.
My city is bicycle-friendly – there are special lines and routs so there’s no need to use streets and mind the fast moving cars. Riding a bike saves me lots of time because I don’t have to wait in traffic or try to squeeze myself in a crowded bus or tram. I can park my little machine literally anywhere and I also save money. A good car is an expensive luxury. Its maintenance requires some hard cash and gasoline isn’t cheap, either.
I help save the planet by producing no pollution and get fit at the same time, which is more than I can say about driving a car. Cycling does not require any special physical skills from me – all I have to do is to pedal and try not to fall flat on my face. Moreover, riding a bike makes me happy – especially going down a slope at a breakneck-speed with my hair flying around like crazy.
I strongly recommend cycling – it is an exercise beneficial for the body and mind and a great way to see a bit of the world. So hop on your bike and let the wind blow your worries and stress away.