Friday, November 9, 2012

Do I really need to go there? A question for the transportation cyclist.

I was chatting with a classmate today about the fact that both of us are pretty content to stay within the bike friendly confines of Central Phoenix or Tempe.  No, it's not as easy to traverse as either Portland or Flagstaff but there are bike routes to most of our destinations and when combined with public transit being car-free or car-light is pretty do-able.  If I can't get there by bicycle, more and more I find myself not just questioning whether or not I need to go at all.  The answer I keep arriving at is no, I don't need to go that much.  Rather than feeling deprived, I think I'm experiencing a greater sense of calm.  I find myself wanting stuff a little bit less.  My love of JCrew and the Banana hasn't necessarily gone away, I just don't experience it as something I can't live without - better for me mentally, better for me financially.

Instead of shopping, I've been exploring Phoenix's plethora of downtown murals.  Here are just a few.

The artists are quite diverse, some long-time muralists, others former taggers.  From what I understand many are self-taught.  I'm finding them all over downtown and, being on my bike so much, it's easy for me to stop and take them all in.  You see more of them here from time to time.


anniebikes said...

I understand your logic. If it's too difficult or unpleasant then why go across town to shop? Pheonix must be overwhelming in size compared with Flagstaff, so I presume it's an adjustment in scope of bike travel.

She Rides a Bike said...

Actually, Annie, I prefer living in a large city. I'm much more comfortable in a large urban setting with everything within walking, biking or bus distance. Flagstaff was more of an adjustment because I was used to getting around by bus and having everything I needed within walking distance in Louisville. I actually traveled further on my bike in Flagstaff to where I needed to go because we lived within a suburban development that was separated from commerical options.

m e l i g r o s a said...

i never underestimate the proximity of san francisco, even though people get into their 'too far' moods, which is really annoying. however 2 miles with some monster hill does make it seem hours away.. :) jk

on a visual note, LOVE the murals. one of my biggest weaknesses roaming the streets of this world <3

Rebecca, said...

So happy to find a fellow Valley bike rider!

I found your blog via: (interesting stats on commuters in AZ)

Thanks for sharing your downtown photos!

She Rides a Bike said...

Thanks for visiting Rebecca! Yes, I'm new to the Valley; arrived from Flagstaff in July. I checked out your website - it's beautiful!

Rebecca, said...

Welcome to the Valley! And thank you for your compliment - I appreciate it -it's a labor of love for sure! I am "friends" with the Tempe Bicycle Action group on Facebook and it looks like they are taking it downtown which may be fun for you!
Downtown Bicycle Action Group:

Looking forward to your future posts...

She Rides a Bike said...

Thanks, Rebecca! I'll check them and the event out.

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