Work Bike (Sample Chapter) FIRST GEAR AND INTRODUCTIONS

My name is Mike van Goch, and I bike to work.

Not as often as I would like to. Not as easily as I could. Not just because I’m Dutch either. I bike to work because I like it. While the exercise and cost savings are surely a reason in and of themselves, I have spent hours on my bike thinking about life as most do. Scheming for the “what if’s” and “How will we’s”. As I pedaled up and down my city’s streets and hills, I came up with a more detailed plan than reasonably necessary.

For how the world might work on bikes.

You can chalk it up to the idea of peak oil. To fluctuating gas prices, or our dependency in the west on the black stuff. Or the complex and social issues it brings with it to the work place. It seems inescapable that the resource that powers our “everything” is finite. If it weren’t so gas prices would stay the same day in and day out. If the process and product we filled into our cars and boats and jets and trains with was a renewable one, then the wide spread use of it would beg to drive prices down.

As if this resource this resource were everywhere. But it’s not everywhere. It’s specifically somewhere. A layer of sediment and rock that occurs in some of the harshest climates and countries on our planet at the moment. And this resource powers nearly every service vehicle, tradesman and essential service on our continent. It powers all the transportation means between urban centers and moves millions of people and product from point A to B. Losing it means that all work and trade stops and the economic damage may be irreparable. There is no shortage of doomsday scenarios attached to this pending problem mix of oil, work, and western living.

So what’s to be done?

Like all first world’ers I figured I’d write a book about it. To give an opinion on the options our way of life will have in this future of petroleum famine. And it will revolve around this one object like the pedals of a Bicycle.