30 Days of Biking

This is my kind of challenge, no fooling. Bike somewhere every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online.  Besides teaching and doing fieldwork, there is nothing I love more than biking.  So when a friend mentioned that they were doing the “30 Days of Biking” pledge, I had to find out more.  This led me to a worldwide movement based around the simple idea of biking every day for 30 days (http://30daysofbiking.com/).  This year’s pledge starts today and I’m kicking my pledge off right by joining the Winston Salem Community Bike Ride. 

The Winston Salem Community Bike Ride is a great group of people that meet up every Sunday at 3pm at Caffe Prada on 4th and Broad streets and ride together for about 10 miles.  Each week the group traverses a different portion of Winston Salem in a group that ranges from 8 – 40 riders.  The group has a no drop policy, which basically means even if you’re not super confident in your biking skills or speed you wont have to worry about getting left behind.  If the group is large, then two or more groups form to accommodate the variety of levels.  On a given Sunday you can see children, teens, adults and retirees all riding together on the streets of Winston Salem.  My favorite part about these bike rides is the sense of community I feel while out with the other cyclists.  I must say I also enjoy learning about and exploring all the different parts of Winston Salem.  Its pretty amazing to think that you can get to just about every part of Winston Salem on a 10 mile bike ride.  Come on out any Sunday, you’re sure to make some new friends and burn some calories while you’re at it!

Next time, I’ll write more about the other bike related projects I’m involved with, but I’ll end today’s entry with a suggestion; you should ride your bike to the Earth Day Fair. There is a new “Alternative Transportation” page with information about organized rides to the fair and suggested routes from different neighborhoods.  This year, Winston Salem Greenways is hosting a free bike valet (bike day care and parking rolled into one) at the Piedmont Environmental Alliance Earth Day Fair.  Simply ride your bike up to the fair entrance and some kind folks (including yours truly) will take care of your bike while you enjoy the fair.  Look for more bike valet services in the near future brought to you by WS Greenways. 

Don’t forget to do your part, write to your city council member and let them know you support people powered transportation, and let’s ride together.