Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Bike to Work Begins
If you’ve been thinking this might be the year for you to find some friends, pump up your tires and participate in Snohomish County Bike to Work events, this is the place for you. Through this blog post (and future ones titled “Bike to Work”) we’ll share riding tips and route ideas, encouragement and event information. Feel free to post your questions and comments, or to email directly for personal assistance.
A Bike to Work kickoff event is scheduled for April 29 in Everett. If you’d like some advice or inspiration, stop by. We'll also be handing out the new Snohomish County Area Bicycling & Trail Map.
It’s true: I am a crazy bike commuter, one who rides year-round no matter the weather or miles. But you could be a sane one. Because most trips people take are 5 miles or less. It might take 20-30 minutes to bike where you usually drive, and think what you’ll accomplish along the way. You’ll get your daily exercise, burn some extra calories, say “Hello” to your neighbor, notice the fresh green of the trees, smell the latte stand, forget your worries and be fully present as you pedal.
I’ve been bike commuting for more than 10 years now, but I felt the same exhilaration on the first mile of the first day (even when a mile was about how far I was willing to ride at first). Biking is so easy – well, a kid can do it.
But why should kids have all the fun?