More Bicycle Commuting…

Shiny new bike lanes. The bike computer is telling me something…

Shiny new bike lanes. The bike computer is telling me something…

Grand Rapids Active Commute week is over but there’s no need to stop. Over 4,000 trips were recorded and we reduced 19,000+ miles of automobile use. Those figures include busses, carpools and walking as well as other categories but a large component of those automobile miles were replaced using bicycles. Pedal Power!

Maybe you enjoyed bicycle commutes enough to continue. My morning rides were relaxing and easy - so much that I decided to keep doing them. Early morning bike rides are lovely even in the dark although good lights are a must. With the state of traffic around GR, riding a bike saves me time when heading into downtown. Saves parking fees too and I can lock up right in front of my destination. An added bonus has been my car gets little use and I haven’t needed to add fuel in weeks. Seriously! Can’t find the keys this morning either which is OK with me. No, I haven’t saved enough money for that new bike yet but it’s an idea...

If you missed out on active commute week, you might still try biking to work. Long days and warm temperatures make it easy to do right now. The next couple months are enjoyable to ride so why not just try a day or two? You might like it, even if you’re not a bike geek like me. Ride safe and be well friends.

A great way to start the day. Riverside Park.

A great way to start the day. Riverside Park.

Fellow commuter on the White Pine Trail.

Fellow commuter on the White Pine Trail.