People Spend Money When They Bicycle

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People Spend Money When They Bicycle

July 31, 2017 Bicycle Friendly Community 1
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People Spend Money When They Bicycle

Have you ever heard this said: people who ride bicycles don’t spend money because they are cheap. Maybe you have even thought it yourself. That is why they choose to ride a bicycle instead of driving a vehicle isn’t it? There are some who for financial reasons, legal reasons, or because of a disability ride a bicycle instead of drive. But, there is a constantly growing number who choose to ride for health, environmental, or for more cash to spend on experiences.I have chosen to ride for those reasons and more. I also found this article with 10 fun reasons to ride: Ten Reasons to Ride a Bicycle you should take a look at.

One thing I haven’t kept track of is what my financial impact is in the community I live in and those that I visit. So…I have decided to start keeping track of what I spend when I am out riding. It will be added to posts that I do for specific rides and I am trying to figure out a way to keep a running tally here on the website. (Watch for that to appear soon.) For the first round of posts about what I spend in the community, keep reading.

Friday Out On Bicycles

This past Friday, July 28th, 2017 Tom and I decided to take a day off from the usual daily grind to spend the day riding bicycles. We chose to take the vintage cruisers since it was going to be a casual day of riding. First things first we talked about where we were going to spend money. One of our requirements is there is bicycle parking, when possible it is locally owned or Idaho based, plus on a hot day, no hills to climb.

Breakfast was a toss up between Michael D’s and the Garnet Cafe, but since Michael D’s has a bicycle rack and the Garnet doesn’t, guess where we went? After breakfast, our next destination was thrift store row on Fourth Street to pick up some shirts we could screen print at an event that evening. We found everything we were looking for at the Idaho Youth Ranch Thrift Store.


Some Midtown Browsing

Then we checked out a few of the other shops that were in Midtown. Working up a bit of a thirst from our browsing the logical step was to go to Capone’s for an icy cold brew. They always have a really good selection of beer, which on a hot day is a requirement. While sitting there, our kids texted that they were wanting some things from the grocery store which meant a stop at Safeway. It was my first chance to use my handy compact reusable grocery bags. (See below, mine are purple!)

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After some shopping, we rode home to relax for a bit before getting ready for an event that evening.


Event and First Dinner

Saying goodbye (for now) to the founder of The Theodore’s and his family was a fun event where I even learned a bit about screen printing. I think it would take some more practice to get really good at it. It isn’t as easy as it looks. Ali with the Traveling T and AHA Creative was extremely patient with all of us!

One of our go to places downtown for the longest time was Kaiju, but we hadn’t been back in awhile. Unfortunately, the experience we had didn’t inspire us to return. It took over an hour to get our food. When it arrived it was obvious they skimped on ingredients. My 6 piece Godzilla roll was a third of the usual size and missing the sauce, Tom’s was about half the size and also missing the sauce. Plus, the air conditioning was obviously not working, which made it a bit hard to be patient. At least the drinks were good.


Second Dinner and Dessert At Home

Still hungry and not relishing the thought of another hour wait, we went elsewhere. Seasons for awhile was on our “avoid list” because of inconsistency. After going back a few times recently it was really good. Plus they have small plate options which we were looking for. The service was really good, but the crabby cakes and crab slider were raw in the middle. Good thing at least Tom’s beef sliders were good and the air conditioning worked! Being 0 for 2, dessert was going to be eaten at home.

Last stop was the Harvest Foods to get some cupcakes and hostess donuts. Not much glamor, but we knew what to expect. All in all, even with the issues, it was a really good day! We did spend money at mostly locally owned places, got a bit of exercise, and were saving the environment!


Bicycling Impact July 28 2017

Where How MuchNotes
Micheal D's
203 E Coeur D'Alene Lake Dr
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
31.00Brunch - Breakfast for lunch
Idaho Youth Ranch
845 N 4th St.
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
30.00Recycled Clothing Purchase

751 N 4th St
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
18.00Beers to cool off while riding
424 Sherman Ave
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
50.00Appetizers and Drinks
209 E Lakeside Ave
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
50.00Dinner and Drinks
1001 N 4th St
Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814
63.00Food to take home
Harvest Foods
1200-1298 E Lakeside Ave
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814
12.86Snacks to Bring home
TotalSum: 254.86
Here is the financial impact in the community when I am out bicycling.