One of the weirdest side effects of my job is a Zen-like, mystical lack of attachment to things. Sure, those headphones are nice—but soon the company will release an almost identical pair. Did you like that smartwatch? Oh well. There will be one that’s even better next year.
There have been only a few items that I’ve really missed once I sent them back to the company after testing. One of those was the Jackrabbit (7/10, WIRED Recommends), one of the first and best of what I would call micro ebikes. The company recently released an update, the Jackrabbit XG. I went “Woohoo!” I’ve been waiting to get my hands on another one of these bikes for years.
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Over the years, a number of studies have shown that women—and especially women in households with small children—travel much more differently than men do. If they travel daily (which not all women do), women are much more likely to make many more trips than men. The distances are much smaller. They also go to a much wider variety of destinations for a much broader range of purposes, mostly to serve the needs of others.
For example, a typical woman might do childcare drop-off before going to work. She might go to the grocery store to pick up flowers for a sick friend on her lunch break, or check on her parents. Women are also much more likely to live in a car-free or car-light household. They’re more likely to be the person who isn’t the primary driver, more likely to carpool, and more likely to trip-chain—that is, combine multiple errands on one trip.
Do you know who this describes? Me. I am a small married mom with two elementary-aged kids. I drop them off at school every day on an electric cargo bike. I’m among a growing number of moms who do so. But at least once a week, I kick myself. I want a smaller bike.
“Ugh, where is that bike,” I thought to myself when I dropped off my car at Les Schwab and began the long walk back home. I could’ve put a mini bike in my trunk and biked back. Man, I wish I could’ve biked to the bar and thrown the bike in the back of my friend’s car on the way home. I would like a bike so that I can run to the store while my kids are playing at the park. I wish it were less annoying to leave my gravel bike in peoples’ houses when I forget my bike lock!