Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tomorrow is National Bike to Work Day. The forecast is actually looking nice, so I think i'll actually make it this year. I am an aspiring bike commuter. But much as I'd like to get rid of the pricey monthly Metrocard, I wimp out at rainy forecasts or if I have afterwork plans to go out in Manhattan. Oh yeah and I also wimp out when my alarm goes off in the morning and I don't feel like getting up earlier than usual (the actual travel time is about the same as taking the subway, but I need to allow for time to shower at the gym next to my office before heading into work. Two bridges aka giant hills to cross make me a sweaty girl.)
My goal this summer is to bike 20 miles a week, which I can either reach by biking to work twice a week, or by biking to work once and then biking for fun on the weekend.
As I've mentioned before, here are some reasons why I like bike commuting:
* Great exercise
* Get home earlier than I would if I went to the gym after work
* Unique views of NYC
* I feel great afterward, like a kind of biker's high
* Makes me feel badass
* Helps me indulge my inner map geek to figure out routes
* Electricity-free workout (unlike the gym)
* Gas-free transportation (unlike subways or cars)
And for those New Yorkers out there, did you know that May is actually Bike Month NYC? There are lots of group rides and events happening this month, so go on and git yr bike on!
Have you ever considered biking to work? What are the reasons why you would or wouldn't?
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