Living and working downtown makes it pretty pointless to have a car, so my husband and I decided to sell ours 5 years ago. People thought we were nuts to be carless, but we joined Modo, a car sharing non-profit cooperative, and were pretty stoked on saving a ton of money every month. It enabled us to travel more and just live better in general. But I did feel like I was missing out on the ability to quickly run out for groceries. There’s a IGA in my building, but their produce selection is lacking and the meat is questionable. But this week, my world changed. I bought a bike!
I’ve ridden a bike a handful of times in the last 15 years. But my husband started commuting to work on his bike in the fall and I started thinking about how cool it would be if we both had bikes and could go places together. Everyone knows that an outing on a bike is way more fun than one on the bus. As he said, our world just got a whole lot smaller. And it’s true!
As a foodie having a bike is a beautiful thing. Want to go to Granville Island, no problem. Get take out from Rangoli and not have to wait for the bus, yes please! And today, on an impulse I decided to ride my bike over to the old Bosa Foods on Victoria Drive. I picked up some fiore de latte mozzarella, prosciutto and my favourite castelveltrano olives. Everything is suddenly within reach now that I’ve got wheels. I guess I could have gone to all these places on the bus before, but it just seemed like such a hassle. And now I get to go where I want while getting fresh air and exercise.
I can’t wait for summer, the farmers markets, brunch on Commercial Drive, long rides to Spanish Banks and who knows where else. We’re already planning a trip over to West Van to the Savary Island Pie Company. Can’t wait for that one!
So a week into owning my new bike, I’m totally smitten. I can’t wait to explore more of the city I’ve lived in for 10 years and uncover new foodie delights that I’m sure are hiding around every corner.