10/15/10

Biking Walking & Blogging: 30 Days of Biking -- Getting on the BicycleBiking Walking & Blogging: 30 Days of Biking  -- Getting on the Bicycle

From Jamez Smith

The 30 Days of Biking challenge was launched in April of 2010 by Patrick Stephenson and Zachariah Schaap. The idea behind 30 Days of Biking is to ride your bike every day for 30 days -the trip can be around the block, or 20 miles to work. Participants share their stories and adventures online through the twitter hash tag #30daysofbiking.  The April rendition of 30 Days of Biking proved so popular that a second 30 Days of Biking event was kicked off on September 1st, with satellite events happening worldwide.

I showed up for Day 1 of the 30 Days of Biking fall challenge. We met up atop the hill at Gold Medal Park. Zach delivered an introductory address, and Tim Springer, the executive director of the Midtown Greenway Coalition, made a promo announcement for the Midtown Greenway Challenge.

Zach then led the group of bicyclists down the spiral hill to begin our group ride. Unfortunately, I lost the group as Tim Springer and I discussed the housing market.

 I knew that the group ride travelled through Dinky Town, so I headed in that direction. With no sign of bikers en masse, I decided to go to the final destination, the Aster Café, and wait for the group to arrive.

I took photos at Gold Medal Park before the group departed, and at The Aster Café as they arrived.

While 30 Days of Biking's September rendition is over, other 30 day challenges are in the works. Discussions have already begun about a 30 day winter challenge. Stay tuned for more info.

In addition to providing an online community to motivate bicyclists during the 30 day challenge, the 30 Days of Bicycling web site has resources and tips for riders about weather conditions, group events and rides, and an end of challenge party. Visit: 30 Days of Biking