Do you cycle for or at least partly for Enviromental reasons ?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by BADGER.BRAD, 31 Dec 2018.

  1. Fully

    1 vote(s)
  2. Partly

    76 vote(s)
  3. Not at all

    87 vote(s)
  1. SpokeyDokey

    SpokeyDokey 20% through Decade 7. Yikes! Moderator


    A good number of votes cast. Did you have a view of how the split would pan out before you started the poll? Any surprises?
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  2. burntoutbanger

    burntoutbanger Senior Member

    I'm having a bit of a midlife crisis. I can't afford to run six cars but I can just about afford to run six bicycles.

  3. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Mine have wheels, not legs.
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  4. Traditionalist.
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  5. mudsticks

    mudsticks Well-Known Member

    I sympathise with your position, and struggles.
    Although I do still have to drive for work I try to limit it, and am seriously considering some kind of electric delivery vehicle.

    Having been switched onto environmental stuff over thirty years ago, I've spent what I consider an unfair amount of time deflecting all the jibes about eco-warrior, tree hugger, sandal wearing ya de ya.

    It is tricky trying to do the right and 'green' thing.

    Especially in a society, and economy that would have us endlessly consuming, and vying with each other for material status of some kind.

    If there is anyone to look back in a hundred years I'm sure they will marvel at all our polluting, and profligate use of resources for our own convenience.. With the same kind of disbelief that we now have for people who thought that slavery was justifiable.

    We seem to have lost all sight of how much is 'sufficient'
    Or any ability to comprehend, or care about the long term consequences of what we do now, for future inhabitants of the planet.

    I don't suppose we'll be in time to reverse all the damage we have done, but I'm still hoping, that we might find a way to let ourselves down with some grace.

    Tricky times approach, on many fronts.
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  6. DCBassman

    DCBassman Basses or Bikes? Hmmm...

    Great post.
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  7. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    While I was out yesterday in driving rain and howling wind, with gusts almost blowing me over, I was thinking "I'm cycling to save this"... oh, hang on, no, I wasn't.
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  8. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Charming but somewhat feckless

    I ride a bike because that's what everyone did where I grew up. A bicycle meant freedom, independence, mobility, range, exploration, adventure and fun.

    I remember using my big brother's bike when I was still way too small to ride it properly, so I rode it by putting one leg through the frame to the other pedal. When I was nearly tall enough, my brother screwed a couple of wooden blocks on the pedals so I could reach. When I got my very own bike it was the most exciting day of my life and I've had bikes ever since.

    I get that there are environmental positives from using one but that's a happy by-product rather than my motivation for cycling.
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  9. confusedcyclist

    confusedcyclist Über Member

    Indeed, one cannot participate in civilisation without in some way being complicit in the destruction of our planet. But one can minimise the harm they do by questioning what is normal, and what is good. There is research that suggestions if everyone kept their spending at or below $12,000 USD annually (per person) then we may have some hope of averting the many crises that are heading our way. Frugality is key to minimising our impact. Senseless consumerism is part of the problem. The problem with our culture is that our social status is closely aligned with our earning/spending prowess and goods consumed, rather than cultures of old where we earned our status and place in our social groupings based on what we gave to each other (and those things need not cost anything).
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  10. FishFright

    FishFright More wheels than sense

    That's so refreshing to read , thanks . It makes a lovely change from 'Why won't somebody else do something about it'
  11. mudsticks

    mudsticks Well-Known Member

    Exactly - i get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from my work - which hopefully contributes to making the world a better place - even if sometimes it's quite hard - knowing its useful keeps one going on the dreary days.

    I don't make a vast amount of money - but enough - and thankfully - most of my outside-of-work entertainments, and pleasures - cycling for example?
    - are relatively low cost - and low impact.

    How lucky am i ??

    Well yes of course, luck comes into it - but also no small amount of conscious design for life, and making forward looking choices around these things - so that 'status' or perhaps a better expression 'self worth' and life satisfaction, come from within - it doesn't require so much validation from the outside .
  12. Milkfloat

    Milkfloat Veteran

    I think the results of this poll are slightly surprising, but also great news for the environment. Less than 1% cycle only because of the environment and the majority don't care at all. It shows that people (albeit ones on a cycling forum) like cycling because it is cycling and you don't need to wear a hair shirt and be a tree hugger to help the environment, it is just an accident that cycling is good for the environment.
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  13. Thanks for saying this: It is remarkable how often I get told I'm "Lucky" to be "able" to live without a car, and how often this judgement comes with a quite aggresive, self justifying response as well. I've decided people say this sort of thing because it is an easy way to dismiss our way of life as 'luck' so they don't have to think about changing theirs. In fact we can live the way we do partly because of the decisions we have consciously made, and accepting that some 'normal' activities will be difficult or impossible.

    That said, you'd have to pay me to own a car again. I'm looking at future employers very carefully indeed and really hoping I can get away with not using one of the wretched things ever again...
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  14. 12boy

    12boy Senior Member

    Casper WY USA
    Couldn't do well without a car. Plane fare from Casper to Denver costs more than Denver to New York or LA. One intercity bus and it ain't cheap. Bus system very weak in town, no passenger rail, and cabs expensive. We do batch our trips and only drive somewhere a couple of times a week, running errands back to back. To rephrase Mr. Twain I can't afford a good car so I have 4. However, my Brompton fits in all of them and I can take it with me. To give an idea of how big and unpopulated Wyoming is, it has 1000 sq. miles more than the UK and less than 600,000 residents. Last I heard there were more pronghorn antelope here than people.
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