Three residents of Grand Junction, Colorado, recently committed to a temporary carectomy. Janet Penkaty, Eric Strickholm, and Kelly Zepp have relied on pedal-power for all of their transportation needs for the past 3 weeks.
As winners of a contest promoted by local shop Brown Cycle, the trio was selected to trade in their car keys in exchange for Breezer Citizen three-speed commuter bikes. If the participants avoid automobiles (both as passengers and drivers) then the bikes are theirs to keep
Penkaty’s bike is a yellow tandem with room for his four- and seven-year old sons to climb aboard and help to power the family to school, soccer practices, and around town. Zepp’s and Strickholm’s bikes both feature racks and baskets to help with daily schleps.
Today, Oct. 1, marks the end of the contest. This carectomy is reversible: Penkaty, Strickholm, and Zepp will reclaim their car keys and discuss their car-free experience at Brown Cycle today. They will also submit their homework assignment, a 400-word essay on “Living Car-Free, How It Changed Me.” Let’s hope it inspired them and other community members to rely less on their cars.