Lately I have been finding a lot of other blogs about biking and walking through daily life. I will set up a blog roll to keep these handy, but today I would like to share a few of my finds here:
Katie, and urban planner and a mom, calls out good and bad pedestrian design when she sees it in her San Diego community, and has a list of pedestrian resources that will keep me reading for weeks. Continue reading →
Last time we rented a car, we had plenty of time to look around at other traffic, because we were stuck at the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza for an hour. At one point I looked out the window and saw this amazing-looking minivan, painted as garishly as the Mystery Machine, with a strange pod on the top. It was one of these:
This is what a hectic day looks like for the car-free family. I know it’s not nearly as hectic as a lot of peoples’ days, and that is partly by design and partly by luck. But for me, six trips in one day is hectic, even though I never traveled more than a mile and a half from my house.
6:35 a.m. Get up a little early because we are out of milk. Bike to Walgreens because it’s closer and smaller than the grocery store, and get home in time to put the kids’ breakfast on the table.
8:10 a.m. I leave the house for the kids’ school, on foot, several minutes behind the kids. After making sure my littlest made it to the kinder yard, I fill out a permission slip for the oldest, using my left hand as a writing surface, and hand it to her just as the bell rings and she’s walking into school. Phew. Continue reading →
OK, no one emailed in this question, but it is something that people ask when I say that we have three kids and no cars. It’s a given these days that kids have a lot of places to be and that it’s the parent’s job to drive them there.
Well, our kids are in some activities this year, but in general we tend to go easy on the extracurriculars. They are expensive, and I don’t like feeling rushed in the afternoons, for me or for the kids. When I do sign them up for something, my first preference is an activity based at their school, which they can get to on their own after dismissal. We’re lucky enough to have a number of these after-school programs available. Second choice is an activity that we can easily walk or bike to. Continue reading →
This weekend started with a touch of TCOB. Erik and the kids biked to Toy Safari downtown to buy a present for Sunday’s birthday boy while I did a little speed cleaning. I think I need a new vacuum cleaner, which I will order online, since biking to Target, though possible, is not super convenient.
After lunch, Erik checked everyone’s tire pressure and we hit the Bay path, heading west. Destination: Alameda Point, the old Navy base which is now a wonderland of concrete for biking, with indoor soccer fields and rock climbing, a distillery, a brewery and a winery. We were planning to hit all that. Continue reading →
When I drive my kids somewhere, I am facing away from them. It’s kind of the law that I have to look at the road. The kids are strapped in place, often crammed into a position where they squabble like coach airline passengers. Then I scream at them and do that blind behind-the-seat swatting thing, trying to make them quit fighting but only succeeding in making them laugh at me.
This post is embarrassingly tardy, since Blogher 14 happened in July. But just today, like most days, I used some of the swag I was given at Blogher, and I thought this would be as good a time as any to sit down and thank those sponsors who rained the freebies down upon me. Or at least the ones I remember.*
Angel Soft handed out free tissue packs and coupons for free toilet paper at the store. I am so appreciative for a high-value coupon like that, that I am not even gonna complain about their #sheethappens campaign. (OK I admit I think it’s hilarious.)
Hasbro gave me a Scrabble set, and even better, they gave my friend Korilu a Trouble set and she gave it to me. Our family had not played Trouble before, and it turns out to be a really great game for us: It doesn’t take too long, the youngest can easily grasp the rules, and no reading required. We’ve played it dozens of times! Continue reading →
Since renting a car is our go-to strategy for weekend getaways or day trips, I was cheered to learn that Enterprise is running a weekend sale Sept. 5 through May 18, where they charge $9.99 a day for Friday through Monday rentals. They’re not paying me to share this, I just thought you readers might be interested. Continue reading →
When people ask us how we get by without a car, my usual answer is that we just don’t range very far from home on most days. School is a two-block walk, shopping is a mile or less. Erik commutes to San Francisco every day for work, but I go weeks without leaving a 2-mile radius.
This weekend was different.
We ended up traveling more than a couple miles on each day of Labor Day weekend. Here’s how we did it:
Saturday: Jack London Square by bike
We have some friends who had an adorable new baby, and we hadn’t met him yet. So we made plans to meet them at the Jack London Square Farmer’s Market, where killer crepes and fish tacos are sold. Continue reading →