08 May 2013

Hump Day Herald: Bike Month is Here

Bikes at rest at a local university.
Sorry for the hiatus. I've been busy working working working. I literally am gone from the house for 14+ hours almost every single day. Two jobs, including a decent amount of overtime at one, has me running. Unfortunately, it also means I can not able to commute by bicycle as often as I'd like. Although I participated in the 30 Days of Biking challenge this year and only missed riding on my bike one day out of the entire month it wasn't until the very last day the challenge that I was finally able to actually bike to work. The rest of my participation consisted of rides done recreationally.

However, we've now moved into May, which is officially Bike Month. Today was Bike to School Day and several area schools had nice bike trains to commemorate. My own laziness got in the way of my participating, but that's a completely separate topic. Next week is designated Bike to Work Week, with Friday the 17th being the designated Bike to Work Day.

I try to ride my bike as often as possible and practical and you should too*. But with it being bike month, the urgency is doubled. January might be icky (which is a sorry excuse), but May is generally pleasant enough for biking during major portions of all days. Special clothes and expensive bikes not required and might actually be detrimental. Just get out there and pedal to work, the store, school, etc. It saves massive amounts of money, which is really why we're here.

Have you gone out biking recently? Did you participate in Bike to School Day and/or plan to participate in the Work Week festivities? Is your Bike Month Bingo scorecard filled? Leave a comment and share your experiences on two wheels!

*Although this isn't meant to scare you, note that people get injured or even die while cycling in Amsterdam and Copenhagen, the gold standards for bike infrastructure. Riding here in America is usually a chaotic crapfest on roads that are poorly designed to provide safety. Accordingly, please use any and all cautions necessary. However, in the event that something does happen, I am not liable for any injury or death that may occur due to your biking. If need be, attend a safety class to learn the rules of the road and how to stay safe on it.

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