In the Twin Cities & across the country // 30 Days of Biking kickoff is THIS Sunday! Here’s some suggestions to keep your pledge
Now in it’s third year of exisitence, 30 Days of Biking begins on April 1st and lasts through the end of April, hence the 30 Days bit. And if you haven’t yet, you should take the next day and a half to search your soul and then make the commitment to riding a bike every day for 30 days straight. Maybe it sounds daunting now since we have only begun to get our spring legs back under us, but the weather in the Twin Cities area is calling for high 70’s on Sunday which means you cannot possibly have an excuse to be indoors.
Started by a couple of Minneapolis guys on Twitter who enlisted their friends in the area to join them and tell about their daily rides online using the hashtag #30daysofbiking , the movement spread quickly to cities across the country and last April attracted over 2,000 registered participants. In their own words, heres a summary:
30 Days of Biking is not elitist. It is not a political statement. We don’t want you to worry about whether you have the right bike, or whether your butt looks good in spandex. We just want you out there, pedaling alongside our community, whether virtually or for real. Our goal is not to reject cars so much as promote bikes as a viable alternative to cars. We want you to remember how riding around your neighborhood felt when you were a kid, when a bike was your only transportation and you loved it. We want you to remember the freedom bicycling offers. The happiness, the independence. These things aren’t lost to the ages or the past. They’re still available, as nearby as your saddle. And, ultimately, they lead to a healthier life. –http://30daysofbiking.com/story/
One cyclist, Jim Dexheimer, shared his story from participating last April:
As the new website proclaims, it is truly a community of joyful cyclists. Maybe long time cyclists have a hard time understanding what all the fuss is about, but for me last April the commitment to ride every day taught me how to include biking in my life. Regardless of the weather or all the other things I was doing, I couldn’t go to bed without taking the bike out for a spin. Some were token rides up and down the driveway. Or looping through the Monona Terrace parking ramp until I had three miles in. But all of them made me fall in love with the bike all over again.
I had no idea going in that the experience was going to transform my life. But it was the first of many experiences last year that taught me the transformational potential of cycling. And every morning I’d wake up and check Twitter to read about the trials and joys of cyclists around the world.
He makes a good point about this experience; it’s very possible that there will be more than one day that you will have to force yourself to include biking even though it doesn’t fit into your schedule that day. But it is a fact that to truly form a habit, it takes about 3-4 weeks of practice. So if you, like myself, would one day like to be a hard and true bike commuter and save yourself a bundle of gas money, you have to start somewhere.
So what do you think? Do you already ride your bike most days or would you find this to be a big lifestyle change to take on? Visit the site today to join the movement or join the conversation through the Twitter and Facebook community:
And don’t forget to get your daily ride in starting this Sunday, April 1st, even if it is just around the block.