30 Days of Biking
I signed up for 30 Days of Biking, which officially begins tomorrow on April 1st. It’s no April Fool’s joke–a worthwhile endeavor that I’m now seeing might be a challenge for me. Here’s 30 Days of Biking one rule:
“Bike somewhere every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online. We advocate daily bicycling because we believe it enriches lives and preserves the Earth. A worldwide, thousands-strong community of joyful cyclists has been forming around that idea since April 2010—and will further amass in 2012. “–from “Our Story” of 30 Days of Biking
It’s a good and simple rule. Although the commitment will take a concerted effort to change my morning routine. I’m not balking on my pledge–no, no. I’m problem solving. And that’s the good thing about taking on the challenge of 30 Days of Biking. It makes you really think about doing things differently.
Why 30 days? They don’t discuss this on their site, but I think it’s more than a convenient time measurement–a month’s worth of biking. Psychologists agree that 30 days is how long it takes for you to 1.) break a habit and 2.) create a new one. 30 days is the threshold for change. Just 30 days. In the scheme of life, it’s a drop in the bucket. But what a splash 30 days can make.
How different could life be if you cycled more? Better health, less gasoline consumption, more money in your pocket…I don’t know about you, but it’s about $50 a week at the pump for me. Imagine replacing your car with cycling. You’d save $200 a month. That’s $2400 a year. Gosh–that’s a least two shiny new bikes, or one really, really fast one.
Change never comes easy, and I’m not saying that this will be easy. I think it needs to be a little hard. But at the end of the month, will you be changed?
Don’t you want to be?