Thursday, May 01, 2008


Normally, I don't join things... I don't do "alongs" because I can never count on my schedule or my stick-to-it-iveness to get a project finished on time... and who needs to add more guilt to their life??

When Claudia announced a new project on her blog, I realized that, for once, it's an "along" I can see myself "alonging" with.

Claudia's project?

The Bicycling As Transportation - Knitters Alternatively Transporting ("BAT/KAT") project.

To quote Claudia:

"The goal of this project is to replace a car trip with a bicycle trip/walking/non-car trip at least once per week, briefly 'fessing up to our progress every Monday morning. The only rule is that the bicycle/walk/non-car trip must truly be a replacement for an errand trip that would otherwise have been done in the car. Recreational trips are excluded, except if an errand done while on a recreational trip replaces a car trip."

Now that the weather is getting nicer, I'm back biking to work. I think I started around April 7th? And since the only requirement to join is that I chose to take my bike instead of the car, then I'm soooo in!

Since I'm a total geek, I'm going to track my kilometres for my biking season. Each trip to work is 3.59km for me ("map my run" works for bikers too!), so already this spring, I've biked over 75 km. That's 21 trips to and from work, and doesn't include my two trips to the library.


The only problem with starting this week is that I'll be out of the office at meetings for most of next week. Also, not good for BAT/KAT, my SIL and BIL are away for the next week so we've borrowed my BIL's truck as we need to run some "truck errands" as we're spring cleaning the basement. Doh!

Oh well, I'll just have to make up for it with more bike errands.

Does anyone want to BAT/KAT with me?


  1. Anonymous1:14 p.m.

    I haven't used a bike for transportation for about 9 yrs (but got good use out of my feet during that time). Mainly because 1. I haven't owned a bike since then, and 2. I'm scared to death of city traffic.

    I wish there were actual bike lanes around here.

  2. uh I walked to boot camp this morning - 2 minutes away.
    Now maybe I should tell you I usually drive and sit with the motor idling for 5 minutes with the heat turned up on full blast in the parking lot. I know I am terrible but it is HARD getting up at 5:30 am and running in the rain.

  3. I work at home and have lots of kids to chauffeur around. The rule is I make only one trip out and one trip back. So, if anyone wants to go anywhere they all have to agree on the drop off and pick up times. It saves me a lot of aggravation along with gasoline. I also arrange my errands so I can run them in one day and make a circuit to get them all done. Most of the time that works. I'm trying to arrange a day or two that involve no driving whatsoever but that's not working out so well.

    I'd love to be able to walk to run my errands but the preferred shopping center is eleven miles away. Actually I'd love to be able to walk everywhere. That's what I miss most since moving out of the city: I could walk just about anywhere I wanted to go. Of course, now when I do go for a walk I pass cows and I've gotten to know a couple of farmers personally and I can buy local produce. Big plusses in my book.

    Great idea though. If they ever make the roads here even marginally bike friendly, I'll join you.

  4. Excellent idea. I'll definitely try to do it. I trust non-knitters are allowed, too?

  5. neato.
    Fits in nicely with my nefarious hippie-granola-tree-hugging plans to wean myself off the car. And will (theoretically.. hehe) get me blogging again.

    have you seen ? Richard uses it, and it'll do charts and things.