Clif Bar has a cool site called the Clif Bar 2 Mile Challenge. The site claims that 40% of U.S. urban travel is 2 miles or less! There is a cool map feature that allows you to plug in your home address, and map out the 2 mile radius around your home. Once you do that, you can display all the places you might visit…bike shops, grocery stores, restaurants, etc. It’s pretty amazing to see how much is so close to your house and is very practical to get to on a bicycle!
I plugged in the address of the home I’ll be moving into next week (can’t wait!), and within my 2 mile radius is pretty much everything I need day to day. Work, Bike Shop, Groceries, Friends, Coffee Shops, and mountain bike trails! Longer distances could be turned into multi occupant car trips; for example, a group shopping trip out to Trader Joe’s south of town.
Go check it out!