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grocery shopping…on a bike

May 17, 2013


I cannot put into words the satisfaction I felt when I arrived home after my first grocery trip with all twelve eggs in tact.

I rode my bike with a weeks worth of groceries tied on and didn’t break a single egg! A weeks worth of groceries for me only filled up two baggu bags – but I did it – I grocery shopped on a bike.

When I decided to give up my car for a month, this was one of the things I was most worried about. How was I ever going to get all the things I needed from the store to my house? Turns out, I don’t actually need that much stuff.


I bought two baggu bags specifically for grocery shopping because they’re sturdy, fit a lot of things inside, and – most importantly – they come in fun colors and patterns! The basket on my bike helped, as did the rack on the back. I headed to the neighborhood grocery, Local Harvest. Having a store close sure makes my weekly trip convenient.




My tips for grocery shopping on a bike are crazy simple and go something like this…

1. Invest in re-useable shopping bags – even better if you can tie them shut.

2. Get a basket. And a rack. And some sort of bungee cord/rope.

That’s about it. My trips have certainly been more frequent – once a week (sometimes twice) versus every two weeks. I’ve also noticed that I’m buying more fresh foods as opposed to packaged foods because I’m going so often, so YEAH to healthy eating!

This whole car-free thing has really thrown my lifestyle into a tizzy. I’m wayyyyyy out of my comfort zone, but if I hadn’t done it, I couldn’t sit here and tell you how gratifying it is to know you haven’t broken a single egg on your ride home.

Ditched the car at all this month? Or tried to grocery shop on your bike? I want to hear how you tackle regular errands like grocery shopping!


Jess Signature[All photos by Christopher Willingham]

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Melissa @ HerGreenLife permalink
    May 17, 2013 12:51 pm

    Even though I’ve biked with eggs numerous times now, I always anxiously open the carton the moment I’m home — no breaks yet! If possible, I use a spare bag, small towel, etc. as padding, but that’s definitely optional.

    Looks like you have a nice set-up for small- to mid-sized grocery runs. Having stores within a mile or two also helps.

    Feeding a small family, a grocery trip (especially one of those big “stock up” on staples/non-perishable visits) can overwhelm my current cargo capacity (one pannier and a milk crate on a rear rack). We’re looking at purchasing a longtail cargo bike to help with that 🙂

  2. May 17, 2013 8:36 pm

    Oh, how I envy you:) Since I moved to my new place in 2009 my bike riding days to the supermarket are down to zero. I need to fix my bike and start making excuses. On the positive side, though, I am walking a lot with my dog, Alex, and any other dog that stays with us:)

  3. May 21, 2013 1:52 pm

    I wish I could do my grocery shopping on a bike but I am shopping for a family of 5. Most of the time I need to take my SUV so that I can fit everything and a cooler to protect my frozen items. I have taken to doing as much shopping as I can at the local farmers market but even that is way more than a bike ride away.

  4. May 23, 2013 11:10 am

    I shop for a family of 4 and pets. A cargo bike give us room for three people (two small, one big) and all the food we eat in a week or two. Not that we always bike to the grocery store, but we do it a fair amount.

  5. May 28, 2013 11:23 pm

    Life begins at the en of your comfort zone. – Neale Donald Walsch

    I am so pleased that you like using your bike so much 🙂 Will you continue biking instead of driving your car?

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