You know the old real estate adage emphasizing the importance of Location, Location, Location... but have you ever thought about your new home's proximity to work... via a bicycle?!
Why not? In this day of emphasis on eco-friendly and fitness, cycling to your job should be a major appeal (especially if your workplace has a shower).
Tomorrow is the last day of Bike to Work Month across Canada, and events have been held in Toronto, St. John's, Gatineau, and B.C. (Victoria, Chilliwack. Fraser Valley and Vancouver). Why - or why not - ride your bicycle to work? Let's see:<;
- Spend less on gas
- Reduce greenhouse gases (If 4,000 people ride their bikes to work for a week - traversing 190,000 km, more than 37,000 kg of carbon emissions will be offset!)
- Get in shape/stay fit
How "Bikeable" is Your Commute?
I found a cool web application called WalkScore that rates how "walkable" your house - or prospective home - is regarding distance to neighbourhood stores, restaurants, and other amenities. It's a Google Maps mashup app, and works for Canadian properties, too.
So, what I'm thinking is.. wouldn't it be cool to have a "BikeScore" mashup - where you type in the address of the property you're thinking of buying, and it shows the number of kilometres (as the bike flies) from home to your workplace?
View Properties with a "Bike Realtor"?!
And here's a unique concept, popping up on both sides of the border: Viewing homes by riding around with your real estate sales representative on bicycles! You can find a "bicycle realtor" in Canada and in Colorado. Have you ever done this? How was the experience?
Do you ride a bicycle to work, even sometimes - or know someone who does? What do you consider a "reasonable" distance to bike-commute?
We want to know; leave your comments here below!