A mid-week reminder of why I like living where I live. In an attempt to get myself writing more regularly and to better appreciate the urban environment in which I live, I’ll be writing regularly about something or some place I love in and around Sacramento.
Truth be told, I have mixed feelings about living and raising my kids in an urban environment. I grew up in a small town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. It was very Mayberry-ish. I *think* I can honestly say that my continued interest in small town living isn’t completely sentimental. There are definitely perks: knowing many of the townsfolk; going to school with the same kids year after year; the ease of community involvement. And in terms of my hometown, the hills. I love hills and mountains. I love looking out a window to see something rising up out of the ground. I love walking and riding my bike up-hill (really).
Aye…but there lies the rub. Riding a bike up a hill while towing 80 pounds of children and a bike trailer. It’s one thing to ride up a hill on a snazzy carbon fiber road bike. It’s entirely different to do it while towing and on a seventeen year-old, heavy-metal framed bike. What I love: riding my bike around Sacramento.
Sacramento is flat. Very flat. There’s one small rise between our house and my son’s preschool (and just about anywhere I want to ride my bike). It’s just enough to wake up the thighs and warm me up for the rest of the ride. I could not tow my children around my hometown or to the county seat which is the commercial hub of the county. In Sacramento I can.
Not only do I ride my son to school, but also to yoga classes, some stores, hair appointments, and friends’ houses. Sacramento has lots of bike lanes and Google now provides bike routes for Sacramento. There’s also a very active bicycle coalition that advocates for bike lanes, bike safety laws, and increased bike ridership.
As much as I would love to look out my window and see some contours, I’m quite content with how flat things are. I can visit the hills anytime I want, but I wouldn’t be able to travel around town on my 2 wheels.