30 Days of Biking – Yes You Can Do It in Lodi!

by wendysoucie on April 1, 2012

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

Bike leaning on fenchHere is a challenge for you – try 30 days of biking starting today April 1, 2012. Be a part of a movement. During the recent National Bike Summit I signed up and will be working on riding my bike every day for the next 30 days. According to the 30 Days of Biking  organization website :

“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.”

Perhaps I got carried away, but since I was already doing a challenge to run 1 mile/day for  365 days, riding each day wasn’t that much of a stretch.

What is this about?


Cycling (Photo credit: tejvanphotos)

The 30 Days of Biking started in Minneapolis in 2010 by two very avid bike riders. During an especially balmy and bright Minneapolitan spring, best friends Patrick Stephenson and Zachariah Schaap (nicknamed “Zachamensch”) created a Social Media Beast named 30 Days of Biking. They promoted in on social media and cajoled their friends to join them. And then a funny thing happened. It got big, spread and went viral such that people all over the world joined in.

The goal is to get out and ride any amount each day and then share that experience in any format you would like. Write about it, take pictures, create poetry, videos, bring many, ride alone, you can choose. The benefit to you will be immense. Consider your health, your quiet time, your inner peace or your outer social gathering.

By promoting biking as a viable alternative to cars, and a contributer to your health, and a cost savings to paying $4.00 per gallon for gas you make a positive change to yourself and those around you.

But I have to go to work

Madison B-Cycle on back of Green Cab Prius

photo by Wendy Soucie

For those of you working in Madison consider parking your car near a Madison B Cycle station and riding the rest of the way to your office. This is a great alternative to the higher cost of parking in Madison and will save some congestion. Maybe you could even park at the Park and Ride at Hwy 12 and 19 and ride in from there.

Its not too late to signup

If you would like to register for the 30 Days of Biking, head over to the registration page and you along with 2926 others (including me) will get on with the challenge. Share your thoughts about your biking experience with the Lodi Silent Sports community on our Lodi Silent Sports Facebook Page . While you are there, please “like” our page and give us some fan love. You will also want to visit and like the 30 Days of Biking Facebook Page as well.

I am looking forward to seeing you on the road in April.

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