— Advertisement —

After trading her car for a bike at Tour de Fat, a Wallingford woman is loving car-free life

Tour de Fat rolled through town a little less than six months ago. The ensuing party at Gas Works Park included a corral of bizarre bicycles, music and, of course, New Belgium beer. One Wallingford woman, an etiquette teacher named Mrs. DeGroot, even traded her car for a bicycle during the event. Wallyhood followed-up to see how her car-free life is going:

I am a bit of a novice to the bike world so the transition has been a challenge on many levels. But it has made me a better person. I try to ride or walk or bus everywhere or do car pool with two or more people. I have my rules and stick to them. I ride my new bike when the weather in non-threatening, and I ride my old bike in the rain. My husband and I bought a tandem in the Fall so we can ride on weekends. The tandem is great for marriage therapy.  You must trust and communicate with your partner and sometimes in a marriage that can be difficult. We are having a blast on the Burke Gilman trail.

Tandem bicycling as marriage therapy … Brilliant! Get on it, local marriage counselors.

— Advertisement —

She says her favorite neighborhood route is from her house to Fremont Brewing, giving their Abominable Winter Ale a shout out (Editor’s note: It is awesome). I think she should start a series called “DeGroot’s Routes” for Wallyhood (or here!) where each week she describes a great neighborhood biking trip.

So, what about driving? It’s for the birds!

I was so shut down to my environment when in my car that I just wasn’t paying attention or didn’t care. My music was on and I was in my own world, on the bike you are so much more aware of your surroundings and more present to the task at hand.  Biking in Seattle is getting more and more popular and it is getting easier every day. So far my riding has been positive and without drama.

About the author:

Related posts:

— Advertisement —

Got a tip? Email Tom.

Get posts via email


Join the Seattle Bike Blog Supporters

Supporters receive endless love in addition to the satisfaction of knowing you helped power independent bike news in the Seattle area. Please consider supporting the site financially if you are able, starting at $5 per month:

Bike Events Calendar

9:00 am First Saturday Neighborhood Clea…
First Saturday Neighborhood Clea…
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Every month volunteers gather to collect garbage and help beautify our neighborhood. On average, we collect about 15 bags of garbage per clean up, which means 1,000’s of small pieces of plastic that do not[…]
10:00 am South Seattle Infrastructure Tour @ Cafe Red (patio)
South Seattle Infrastructure Tour @ Cafe Red (patio)
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am
South Seattle Infrastructure Tour @ Cafe Red (patio) | Seattle | Washington | United States
Let’s check out some new, ongoing, and future bike infrastructure projects (including new bike runnels) in South Seattle on a 7.4 mile bike ride at a Leisurely (10-12 mph average on flat ground) pace! Bring[…]
7:00 pm D5 Candidate Forum on Mobility
D5 Candidate Forum on Mobility
Jun 5 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Join us for a chance to hear what Seattle City Council Candidates for District 3 Representative have to say about transportation, mobility, and climate issues in Seattle. Moderated by Colleen Echohawk.Virtual options available.Monday, June 5,[…]
7:30 pm NW Greenways Meeting @ Broadview Tap House (N 125th and Greenwood Ave)
NW Greenways Meeting @ Broadview Tap House (N 125th and Greenwood Ave)
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
The next NW Greenways meeting will be in-person at Broadview Tap House on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30pm. Broadview Tap House (at N 125th and Greenwood Ave) is dog and family friendly and, with the longer[…]
— Advertisements —

Latest on Mastodon

Loading Mastodon feed…

Latest on YouTube