I rode my bicycle to the grocery store yesterday afternoon. It’s been more than two years since I last drove a car to the store, and I do the majority of the family food shopping. Here’s what I saw upon returning to my bicycle parked in the rack the store provides.
That’s five adult bicycles in that rack. Five! That’s huge!
OK, by Dutch standards five bicycles in one rack outside a single grocery is just laughable. But in the context of American transportation in the southwest corner of Missouri, trust me, this is huge. This is progress.
And it’s progress we must sustain, especially because of the coming “fat tax.”
I have zero confidence we will actually reform our health care system. I think it is far more likely that we will make necessary changes only after the current system has imploded to the extent that the middle class can no longer afford care (we’re almost there).
So as I said before, we are on our own. The best way to avoid the collapse is to take personal responsibility for your health. That means, in part, eating fewer calories and burning more calories. There is a really easy way to do that — as easy as riding a bicycle.