Published on September 10th, 2008 | by adamwilliams4
Moving House Via Bike Seems Like Environmental, Friendly Community Fun
Flipping through pages of the Internet the other day I ran across a group in Boulder, Colo., who moved their home goods via their bikes — furniture, appliances, everything.
My first thought upon seeing the string of photographs documenting the day was, “WTF?” And I mean that in the best way, because pretty soon after I thought, “That is so awesome!”
They put out the word, calling interested bike mover helpers and 11 showed up. I can only imagine the comradery, the exercise, the fun. They made four trips to get the whole apartment’s worth of life moved.
I mean, I hate to move. Hate. It. But I love learning about these sorts of people are out there.
It helps give me a sense of belief in humanity when so much of what surrounds us is negativity, especially right now with politics choking us morning, noon and night.
Have you ever participated in a bike move? Know anyone who has?
I’m curious to get thoughts and comments on… How did you set it up? What did you think of the effort? Would you ever do it again?
And I think it’s practically a tradition that when moving the typical way — friends, friends’ cars, U-Haul, etc. — that the day ends with friends getting beer, pizza and beer.
Does that still apply for cyclists who have spent all day pushing the pedals and throwing furniture — and still, presumably, have a ride of however many miles to get back home at day’s end?
It’s all good. I’m just impressed by people’s resolve sometimes, their willingness to live simply and call back to community activities of benefit.
In short, things that make time for productive human interaction away from modern “must-haves” such as cars, televisions and this computer I’m using to post this blog entry.