2010 Bike Commuting Goals
Over winter between 2008 and 2009 I got the biking bug. I used to bike a lot in university for transportation when I lived in Montreal. I hadn’t really done any biking for transportation since then. A few people I know bike to work, and some like Bill Humby, coach of U of A Swim Team, are hardcore and bike even in the winter in Edmonton, which is not for the timid. Guys like Bill inspired me to be a greener commuter and to get some exercise too.
|From Phone Photos 2009-11|
In 2009, I managed to bike to work about 30 times, plus do some fun rides on weekends and according to my GPS, I logged about 1500 km of riding. My last commute of the year was November 18, before the roads became unsafe for me. I live 23 km from work, some of which is on roads with fast speed limits, so snowy icy riding was not safe.
All spring this year I have been itching to get re-started biking to work. I got my trike out in mid-March when the snow was clear enough, and managed one commute and a nice weekend ride. Then it got cold again and snowy. I managed my second commute yesterday in mid-April.
Last year I started commuting wondering if I could handle the 46 km round trip on a regular basis. By the end of the summer, I was handling it no problem, and even did one week of biking every day for 230 km in five days. This year, I’m starting from a position of higher confidence, and I hope to increase to about 40 days of commuting, and around 2000 km total, or more if I can make the time between family life and carpooling the kids to the pool.
I also want to participate in the Commuter Challenge from May 30 to June 5, where companies compete to have their employees use alternative transportation. I plan to bike to work that whole week. June 3 I’m having a crown put on at the dentist, so that might screw up my week, but I’ll do my best.
So, is anybody else up to try bike commuting? It’s not as tough as you might expect, and you’ll surprise yourself with how good it feels. If you’re just getting started bike commuting, you might find the beginner tips on the Commute By Bike website helpful.
Two down, 38 commute-days to go.