So ever since Leadville kicked my butt I've been riding my bike to work. I took 1 week off after the race to recover and today is the 9th consecutive work day that I've ridden. So far I'm really really enjoying it. Now I've ridden bikes a long time and have ridden to work many times before but this is the first time I've given up the car totally. Okay so having "my"
And I'm not the only one. My dad has been riding and taking the bus in combination almost everyday for months now. Did I mention he lives in Illinois, commutes to St.Louis over the river, is over 50 and also is diabetic? Now what was your excuse again?
So what does the banner at the top of this post have to do with it? Well it's just a program here in Colorado by our RTD to help the environment and get people informed about alternative ways to commute other than by driving alone. You can carpool, vanpool, walk, take the bus or ride your bike or do any of those in combination. And all we ask is try it 1 day a week. When you realize how nice alternative methods can be you may find yourself doing it everyday! Now everyday doesn't work for some people or in emergencies but they have programs for that already including a guarenteed ride home via Taxi. I know this is available here in Colorado and also in the St.Louis area so there is a good chance it exists whereever you are.
So try something new for your commute, save some money, save the planet and reduce our countries need for oil all at the same time. It only takes 1 day a week and it's easier than you think. Just try it :)