Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Misc, Sustainability, Uncategorized |

I ride because it is on a bicycle seat where I feel right. I ride because fueling my body with burritos is cheaper than fueling a car with gas. I ride because paying for parking is not in the budget. I ride because it keeps me strong and healthy. I ride because I want to curb greenhouse gas emissions. I ride because I can smile and say hi to my neighbors, pedestrians, and other cyclists easier than if I were in a car. I ride so I can listen to the birds.
I ride… Do you?
I have heard from many people that they would like to ride a bike, but…
• they are scared
• they aren’t in good enough shape
• they don’t want to arrive to work sweaty
• they don’t want to wear lycra (pssst… you don’t have to)
• their bike isn’t good enough
• they don’t like the rain
• they can’t afford a bike (I bet if we did comparative math on gas and parking, I could prove that it would pay for itself pretty quick)
• and so many more.
I want to help more people ride, those that really want to but are held back by whatever their personal barrier is. Hopefully, I would eventually reach more people who hadn’t really considered it. I hope to accomplish this with a bike mentoring program, connecting experienced cyclists with people who want to give it a try. Mentors would schedule rides with their mentee until they were comfortable riding on their own. Mentors would help with safe route planning, safety, traffic etiquette involving other cyclists and motorists, and basic bike repair lessons like how to fix a flat and put a chain back on the chain ring.
I am going to test this program out at PSU’s Bike Hub. Stay tuned for details and please click on my survey  to help me know what some other barriers to biking may be or whether you’d be interested in being a mentor.
At the end of the survey, you can share your email address if you want more information on the program. Thanks.

This is me at the beginning of a century ride with friends, raising money for local animal sanctuaries.

This is me at the beginning of a century ride with friends, raising money for local animal sanctuaries.