As the father of a 14 year old boy I can relate to the message in the video below. Thinking back to when I was a young boy, my bike was my ticket to independence. I would take off in the morning and not return until dinner time. Cell phones didn't exist and video games costs .25 cents for each game played so the freedom of being on the bike and exploring was what we did!
At the age of 13, I had a part time job that was about 4.5 miles from my home and I rode my bike to work and back home everyday. That was after riding my bike to and from school (about 2 miles each way).
Yesterday I took a ride to a local store a couple of miles from my home and was sitting in the patio outside a Starbucks watching people and cars go by. What I noticed was most cars only had 1 person in them and in many cases they left the store with one bag...a bag that could easily be carried on a bike!
When I headed home, I rode through the gas station area that is part of the shopping center. I rode past each pump looking at the totals....most were around $45.00 and there were several over $100.00 with one topping out at $110.00. I assume many of these fill ups occur on a weekly basis...WOW!
As my son approaches the "driving years" I hope his love of cycling will remain strong and that he will continue to enjoy the sport. I suspect he will because it's something we do together.
Your comments are welcomed!