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Linn County Leader - Brookfield, MO
Walking and bicycling for transportation, fitness, and fun
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By Rachel Ruhlen

My bicycle is our second car. I love to bicycle in all weather, for all distances, and on all routes. Bicycling has brought so much joy to my life, and I want to share it with anyone who is interested. I will use my soapbox to tell you about the ...

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Bicycling and Walking Around

My bicycle is our second car. I love to bicycle in all weather, for all distances, and on all routes. Bicycling has brought so much joy to my life, and I want to share it with anyone who is interested. I will use my soapbox to tell you about the joys, the freedom, the benefits, and, yes, the challenges of bicycling and walking for transportation.

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When we transitioned to the new website, almost a full year of old posts was lost. I'll be re-posting some of them. This was my introductory post.

I’m really excited about the chance to have my own soapbox to talk about my favorite subject: bicycling and walking. I started biking for transportation 8 years ago when we became a one-car family. I bicycled for convenience. I didn’t expect to love it! And we never did buy that second car.

Here are just a few things I love about bicycling.



  • Freedom from parking tickets, gas, car payments, insurance payments, parking fees, traffic congestion, and searching for a parking space.


  • Safety. So many young people in my life have tragically died in cars. I feel safer when my daughter and I are on bicycles.


  • Health. The first year I biked, I lost 25 pounds without dieting. This isn’t uncommon—average weight loss for bicycle commuters is 12 pounds. You don’t have to start out skinny to be a cyclist. You might not end up skinny either—but you will end up healthier.


  • Low cost. I love not having a car payment! When the price of gas rises, my savings increase, and I feel like I’m making more money.


  • The ego trip. I have to admit, I love being admired for biking in all kinds of crazy weather, or for biking crazy long distances. Bicycling feeds my over-large ego!


  • Educational. As a new cyclist I had so much to learn about bicycles. Nowadays, I’m learning about government and policy. When I was in high school, I would never have believed that government and politics are so exciting!




I look forward to “meeting” the Kirksville Daily Express readers, and maybe seeing some of you on foot or on bicycles around town!

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My "before" and "after". It's subtle. My tiny niece was such a dolly!

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