Ditch the Car and Ride a Bike

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You may or may not be aware that May is national bike month.  May 17th-21st is national bike-to-work week and today Friday, May 21st is national bike-to-work day.  This national event is held every 3rd Friday in May to encourage people to consider commuting to work by bike.  Some towns like Bowling Green, OH offer incentives to encourage people to ride their bikes.  Our local coffee shop Grounds for Thought is offering free coffee and donuts in the morning and Chipotle is offering free chips and salsa between 5-10pm to people who ride their bike to their stores.

Two years ago I used bike-to-work day as motivation to ride instead of drive to work.  I kept it up for about a week before I went right back to driving.  However I have never lost the desire to make the transition to using my bike more than I drive my car.  This year I am making it my to goal again to transition to cycling most places.  I want to ditch my car and ride a bike everywhere that is under 5 miles away.  Weather permitting of course.

Cora loves being in the bike trailer

I have spent a lot of time on my bike over the past 4 years, but it is almost always for the purpose of exercise and triathlon training.  Now that I am a stay-at-home mom, I really shouldn’t have any excuses as to why I can’t ride my bike as my primary mode of transportation.  I have a great bike and a trailer for my daughter.  I am hoping that by writing this post I will create even more motivation for myself to stick with my goal if I make it public.  I am also hoping that I may find a couple of people who interested in doing the same thing or commute by bike already.

If anyone is interested in joining me in this quest, please post a comment below or on our facebook page.  Hopefully we can help motivate each other.  Also, if you already consistently ride your bike as transportation, please post any tips you may have.  I would love to hear them.

To sum things up here are 7 reasons I want to ride my bike instead of drive:

  1. Save money on gas.
  2. Extra miles on my bike without putting in any extra time.
  3. I don’t have to worry about following speed limits.  (Unfortunately, I don’t ride that fast.)
  4. Take shortcuts  and find new ways to get places.
  5. It makes me plan ahead and leave for places earlier.
  6. My daughter prefers being put into the bike trailer over her car seat. (See photos!)
  7. It slows me down from our fast paced lifestyle.  (When I am riding my biking I take time to enjoy my commute, weather, people around me and just be present in the moment.)
Enjoying a short ride down the street

Here are some websites with more information on National Bike-to-Work Day for Bowling Green, Toledo, Ohio and the National level:

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