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Celebrating Bike Month

Okay, Virginia, it’s time to dust off your bike and explore our region!

Written by Kristine McCormick

For decades learning to ride a bicycle was the quintessential experience for American kids. Just part of being a kid in cities, suburbs & rural America alike. Long summer days filled with the freedom to ride away from your house, and your parents, maybe siblings too. Do you remember your first bicycle? Mine was a sparkly purple number with a banana seat and handle bar streamers.

The majority of Americans stop riding a bicycle sometime in their childhood. For most, it is during the teenage years when the hallowed right of passage known as “Driving” occurs. Bicycles get left in the garage or basement to collect dust as teenagers gallivant around town in cars. As adults we favor cars because we perceive ourselves as simply too busy. We absolutely must get from one thing to the next and then the next with lightening speed.

The benefits of riding a bicycle are enormous; it produces quantifiable heath benefits, it is a good non-impact way to build cardiovascular health while still being easy on joints and has a wonderful calming, almost meditative effect on the brain. A person who rides a bicycle is also simply more engaged with the community as they ride around town. Traveling at a slower pace gives one time to notice what is going on in the neighborhood. Bicyclists have the opportunity to look at their surroundings as they pass instead of zipping by in a car with all attention focused on the road ahead.

My bicycle got left behind at my parent’s house when I moved to D.C. and it was 18 years before I was on two wheels again. I can’t recall how I first decided to start riding a bicycle after all that time, I’m just very happy I did. Cycling in general makes me happy. I look forward to it. Cycling has a way of making my whole day easier, I’ve lost weight and I find myself to be a more patient person. I owe these changes to riding a bicycle.

In celebration of Bike Month you are invited to dust off that bicycle hiding in your garage or basement and start exploring your neighborhood via our Greenways. It may feel a little awkward at first but the old adage is true, you never forget how to ride a bicycle. You can find info about Roanoke’s Bikeshare program at: https://ridesolutions.org/bikeshareand info about our wonderful network of Greenways here: http://greenways.org/?page_id=21

Kristine McCormick is a Marketing Consultant and busy mom to three girls who after living in eight different cities has adopted Roanoke as her “hometown” because she loves riding bikes in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. 

Clean Commute Challenge from Ride Solutions

May is officially here and it is time to step up our responsibility as active commuters to protect the environment! 

CCC-convoy-2013Over the course of the next month, RIDE Solutions is encouraging commuters to bike, walk, carpool, take transit, or telecommute. 

RIDE Solutions, the region’s popular commuter service program, challenges area commuters to take the Clean Commute Pledge. This is a great way to explore your commute options at least one day during the month.

To make the challenge more exciting, RIDE Solutions has opened it up to trips that aren’t exclusively work-related. “While commute trips have a huge impact, we know that most trips a household takes are not related to the daily commute,” says Program Director Jeremy Holmes. “We want people to try carpooling, biking, walking and transit for all kinds of trips – whether it’s carpooling to lunch with coworkers, riding a bike to see a movie, or walking to the store instead of driving.”

In addition to taking the pledge, participants can get more involved by logging their clean trips throughout the month.  Each trip logged gives participants an entry into weekly prize drawings.  Finally, participants can start or join an existing Clean Commute Team, counting each logged trip towards their team performance and earning bigger and better prizes.  Team performance and miles logged will be tracked at the Clean Commute Challenge leaderboard.

“Using a clean commute option, even one day a week, has immediate benefits for both commuters and our communities,” says Holmes.  “It’s a simple way to enjoy the region’s many outdoor amenities, make our communities stronger and cleaner, and actually have fun getting to work.”

The Clean Commute Challenge is one of a number of events organized by RIDE Solutions to celebrate Bike Month. Join the Poppyseed family in celebrating a clean commute and make your pledge today!