Bike commuting is a lifestyle change that some of us take to easily. Others require time before we warm up to it. To paraphrase Shakespeare, “Some are born cyclists, some become cyclists, and some have cycling thrust upon ’em.”
Jenny Lee had cycling thrust upon her.
Living simply, including not owning a car, is part Freddie’s philosophy, influenced by Tao, Zen, and Buddhism. It took Jenny about five years to ultimately embrace life on bikes. In these videos, she openly discusses the rough road from being “addicted” to her minivan to realizing that her family of six is better off without it.
The video is totally safe for work. Really it is. But you might consider whether you want to explain to your boss or coworkers why you are watching a video of an attractive, fit, half-dressed couple lounging on a bed.
If you want to play it safe, don’t watch the video, and read these quotes instead.
On giving up the minivan:
I thought it would great that we could take the kids everywhere [in a minivan] because we have four kids, and him and I. So that’s six people, and the minivan holds seven seats. … But when we got the vehicle it was different. We didn’t really go anywhere with the minivan, because with the four kids, they were all so little, they’re so hard to go anywhere. … What was more fun was that we had bike trailers. … We actually spend more time with the kids biking than being in a vehicle. We weren’t really using the vehicle to the point that a whole tank of gas actually lasted us for about, up to six months. Can you believe it?
On quality of life without a vehicle:
It’s a mental change. … I was just too addicted to my vehicle. Once we got rid of the vehicle, I felt that I could never adjust to it, because I always wanted some backup. But it turned out that I’m fine without it. Life is more stress free.
I sent an e-mail message to Freddie, asking for a photo of his family on their bikes. If he sends me one, I’ll update this post. Until then, we’ll just have to make due with the screen shot above.
Geeky Ironic Footnote:
I found this video thanks to one of my Google Reader feeds. It’s from a Web site I’ve never visited before called Social Marketing Hub (and I’m intentionally not linking to it). It appears to be a scraper site–one of the scourges of the Internet–that makes money by copying content wholesale from other Web sites, and inserting pay-per-click links into the content. In this case, the text was copied directly from Freddie’s YouTube descriptions, and here are some screen shots of the ironic hover ads that were placed over Freddie’s passionate philosophy of living without a car.