Public Transportation Day a Success
I took off yesterday and pulled the two younger boys out of school for a public transportation day. See, Lincoln is not only bike friendly by and large, but also has a fairly decent bus system for a city of its size, not that I've really researched other cities, but I have made a point to always live on a route. Not only does it ensure prompt snow removal in the winter, but should I ever opt not to ride my bike, I could easily grab the bus. Up until recently, I couldn't understand why the boys didn't take the bus to go see movies and whatnot. They'd complain of 'nothing to do' but make no effort to go do anything. Weird. Finally, it occurred to me that the process might seem a little intimidating and that perhaps I needed to ride with them once to get 'em going, so "Public Transit Day" was planned and executed. We started with a taxi ride, the cost of which quickly made it obvious why people opt for their own cars, and why one would want to be especially careful NOT to miss one's bus. So, good initial lesson.
We made it to Kyle's eye appointment on time and after verifying the last two downtown departures of our bus, we walked across campus to make use of the basketball courts and climbing wall. A couple hours later, we headed for the main bus stop. Finding ourselves early, we dropped into a nearby coffee shop for mochas and pastries, then grabbed the bus on home. I think the boys enjoyed it and one of them is going to try it by himself today.
See, I don't really care if the boys ever race bikes, but I do want them to understand first and foremost I AM NOT A CHAUFFEUR and that a car is rarely something you absolutely NEED -- that it's more of a want or a convenience. Even for me. I've often wondered if it might be less expensive to simply rent a car to go to bike races, but I don't make that change, b/c I also like my car for zipping out to my folks with the boys. Is it worth the payment and the insurance??? I guess so. Also, if I rented a car... probably get bike grease all over it and that would be a problem, I'm sure.