I had a big day today. I got out and rode. It was my first ride in April, and it’s already April 5th. I’m not doing very well in the “30 Days of Biking” thing that’s being highlighted on other biking blogs.
The idea behind Thirty Days of Biking is to ride your bike every day this month. Anything counts: Commuting to work, running a quick errand to the store, or the mailbox, or doing a longer weekend ride.
“We advocate daily bicycling because we believe it enriches lives and preserves the Earth,” says the website, 30 days of biking.com.
I bike because it’s good exercise and because it’s fun. I don’t throw a leg over because I have some idea that I’ll prevent the polar icecaps from melting. And because I don’t fully buy into the idealistic environmentalistic notions of the 30 Days movement, I’ve ignored it for the past several years, and will continue to do so.
Heck, I already bike more than most of the general public. In fact, I already bike more than a lot of bikers. I’ll continue to bike after a lot of the 30 Days riders stop their regular two-wheeled trips.
But if the 30 Days idea inspires a casual rider to get out more often, I’m all for it. Bring on more riders. Grow the cycling community.
But don’t be alarmed if I miss a day here and there — or several times in a row.