A year ago at about this time, the Tour de Fat came through Boise.
(It's scheduled again this weekend, for those who enjoy a bit of social revelry, with an underlying pro-bicycle theme. And who have the free time.)
A lucky contestant was selected to give up his motor vehicle(s) in exchange for a sweet bicycle and a pledge to live life car-free. Micah Deffries is his name.
On the bright side, he has paid $0 for gas in the last year (or car insurance, maintenance, etc.). And he's dropped 30 pounds. (Awesome, huh?)
Of course, he's had some frustrations that any transportation cyclist can identify with - mostly flat tires.
Strangely, he moved from Boise, where he works downtown, to Nampa. Now he "often commutes by bus to Boise and bums rides with his girlfriend." To this observer, that doesn't make a lick of sense!
Deffries' story can be read HERE.
In conjunction with the story, the informal daily poll question on the Idaho Statesman website today is...
Would you give up your car for a bicycle?
The multiple-choice responses are:
- For electric bike
As of this writing, the respective responses are 103, 392, and 33.