Saving on gas

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Monette Mayor Chub Qualls has found a new way to save gasoline and get his exercise at the same time…a four-wheeled bicycle.

Monette Mayor Chub Qualls rides to city hall each day to take care of business. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

Qualls rides to city hall each day to take care of business and has caused quite a stir as passersby stop to make an inquiry of his new mode of transportation.

"My wife Linda and I were in Hardy last week and I saw the four-wheel bike on sale at a flea-market," Qualls said. "I had been looking at something like this for quite some time. The bike was quite costly but I made an offer just in case. The owner had bought it for his 76-year-old father-in-law in Ravenden Springs, but the man couldn't use it. The owner didn't want to sell the bike for what I could afford to pay. I left my business card just in case he changed his mind.

"To my great surprise I got a call last week to come to Jonesboro and pick it up. I am so pleased with the bike. Now I can go all over town at a leisurely pace and check on things. I see trees that need trimming, yards that need care, and streets needing repair. I not only see the needs but the positive things that are going on as well."

"I am able to stop and visit and get good exercise at the same time," Qualls continued. "I had knee replacement surgery three years ago and have found the bike gives me a good workout on short trips without overdoing it. What started out to just be something to ride around town on to save gas has turned into a very good investment for me in many other ways. Being out and about has a lot of positive benefits."

Regular bicycle rules of the road apply the same for the four-wheeled bike as do for the standard two-wheeler and only require manpower to operate.

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