When I got my driver’s license, you couldn’t keep me off the road. The main activity for me and my friends was to “drive around,” which basically consisted of driving up and down Main Street in my itsy bitsy village for three hours each day. I was barely five feet tall and drove my dad’s honking big Lincoln Town Car that was so massive, about six of my girlfriends could pile in. Talk about an environmental disaster!
Teen superstar Miley Cyrus, who turned 16 in November and obtained her learner’s permit, is more often seen biking around her Toluca Lake, Calif., neighborhood than behind the wheel of a car. The frequent video blogger took to her fan site yesterday, MileyWorld.com, to explain why.
“I ride my bike because, guys, it is wonderful exercise and it’s better for the environment,” says the eco-aware 16-year-old actress/singer, who stars in the Disney series Hannah Montana. “If I can not waste gas — because gas is expensive and I don’t want to pay for it — and just ride my bike … it’s better. It’s better for you.
“The other day [my sister and I] are at Bob’s Big Boy and we got a huge sundae but we didn’t feel bad because we were riding our bikes there,” she continues. “If I would have been driving, it would have been totally different. So I’m really happy that I ride my bike. I ride my bike because it’s really good for you, it’s really fun, it’s a way for me to hang out with my sister and it’s better for the environment.”
It really hit me how much more aware teens are today than when I was a kid. Sure, Miley gets some coaching from her handlers on what’s politically correct and what isn’t, but it goes beyond that. My cousin, a sophomore in college, always surprises me with how aware she is. The animal lover follows a strict vegetarian diet, supports breast cancer charities, studies nutrition, exercises daily, cares about her health and was very well schooled on the election and topical political matters. When I was in college, I just wanted to get my work done so I could make it to 10¢ draft happy hour.
So I guess what I’m getting at is that I like what I see.