Imagine yourself saving money, spending more time outside, and healthier than you’ve ever been. Also, as a bonus, you’re saving the planet too.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, it doesn’t have to be.
Riding your bicycle for your daily commute can turn this dream into a reality. I discovered this firsthand when I started pedaling my dad’s old steel frame bike to work years ago. The results became apparent very quickly…
Bike Commuting Saves You Money
The facts don’t lie. Gas prices will eat away your budget. Even if you don’t drive your car often you’ve got to load it up with gas from time to time. Do a quick approximation of how much you spend on gas each month. Make sure to add in the cost of your vehicle’s insurance. That’s the money you could be saving if you decided to ditch the car and start bike commuting instead.
Riding Your Bicycle helps with Physical and Mental Health
It’s not a surprise that riding a bicycle is good for your health. It’s an exercise that gets your heart pumping, your lungs breathing, and the blood flowing. Want to burn calories every day as you head into school or work? Start bike commuting. Mentally it’s nice to have time to process what happened as you pedal back home at the end of the day.
Cycling for your Commute is Good for the Planet
A simple bicycle requires fewer materials to build and maintain compared to a car. Plus it doesn’t spit out nasty emissions that are harmful to our planet. I’m not anti-car, but I can’t dismiss the truth that the sheer amount of vehicles producing carbon emissions is the cause of many problems in our world. When you choose to ride your bike you’re doing the world a favor.
Start the 30 Day Bike Commuter Challenge
Slow down, get healthy, and save money by starting to bike commute today! Here’s our challenge to you…
For the next 30 days ride a bicycle as your primary mode of transportation.
No excuses. Bike commuting isn’t only for elite cyclists who love spandex and hope to one day win the Tour de France. Bike commuting is for everyone. You don’t need any special gear as a bicycle and helmet are the only true necessities. I know that most of you reading this right now have just about everything you’ll need to get started.
Why 30 days?
30 days is the perfect amount of time for you to get a feel for what it’s like to bike commute. It’s a long enough period that you’ll know whether this is something you want to adopt into your life. At the same time, it’s a short enough commitment that you can follow through with it. Think of the 30 days as a trial. After the 30 days, you can consider whether you’ll continue to bike commute or not. My wager is that most of you will feel better about yourself and love riding your bike so much that you’ll keep commuting by bike.
Tips to help you successfully complete this challenge
It’s a challenge, not a cakewalk. It’s supposed to stretch and grow you. We know that once you get into the habit of bike commuting it’ll become easier, but it may take a bit to get into it. I put together a few different tips to help you successfully complete the 30 day bike commuter challenge.
Share Your Story with Others
Tell a few trustworthy people in your life about the 30 day bike commuter challenge, and ask them to hold you accountable. Explain to them the reasons why you’re taking the challenge and some obstacles you may face. Most importantly ask them to hold you accountable to the challenge. Sometimes having a person or two asking how it’s going can go a long way in making sure that finish what you have committed to.
Talk about your Journey with Other’s Taking the 30 Day Bike Commuting Challenge
I put together a Facebook page that is specifically for all of you who are taking this 30 day bike commuting challenge. Join the discussion with others who are taking the 30 day bike commuting challenge. It’s a space where you can share photos, ask questions, and tell others about your bike commuting experience. Join the discussion at our Facebook Page here.
Journal Your Daily Progress
I love scribbling down lists and writing with pen and paper. This probably isn’t for everyone, but for those like me, I would suggest getting a tiny journal and starting a bike log of your rides. After my daily commute, I write down the mileage, the date, where I rode, and any details that made the ride memorable. It’s a small habit that could possibly help you continue with this 30 day challenge. The journal featured above is the Moleskin Cahier Soft Cover Journals (see on Amazon). Small enough that they can fit in a large pocket.
Woohoo! You’re on your way!
Bike Commuting isn’t just for cycling fans. Commuting by bike is for men, women, kids of all ages and people from all over the world. To prove this point just look at our “Regular Bike Commuter” page to see a diverse group of people who are commuting by bike. This isn’t only for spandex loving, Tour de France watching bike nuts. It’s for all of us.
You’re about to experience the joys of riding your bike and all the benefits that come with it. I can’t wait to hear how the 30 days go for you!