Wisconsin Bike to Work Week

It’s time. It’s time to dust off your bike, if you have not already, and let it explore. Explore new routes to work, maybe a back road to the grocery store or possibly invite a loved one on a little heart pumping action.

Purse rack, every bike should have one so there is somewhere to put the beer.

Bikes are not meant to hang in a basement or garage. They are not happy there. They want to move–they want to make YOU healthier and happier. They want to improve the environment, but unless you release them, they can do none of these things.

As a year round commuter for over twenty years, there is nothing I enjoy more than riding in the morning. Although I love–and I do mean love–my first cup of coffee, nothing trumps the early morning peace of my morning commute by bike. It is at this witching hour of 5am, I get to hear recently hatched spring peepers in the kettle ponds, hoots from barred owls and the see the darting movements of raccoon families. This is my time. My time to breathe and get into a healthy state of mind for the upcoming day.

Oh sure, there are days, like when sheets of rain are falling, that a quiet sigh might leave my lungs. I can honestly say, however, that I have never regretted biking into work and 99.9% of the time, I feel better for doing so.

Riding a bike is a wonderful way of relieving stress and is a great way to begin and end your work day.

In this Spring/Summer version of bike-to-work-week–held May14th-18th–I am asking you to make a personal pledge to commute to work by bike a few times, if you don’t already. I know that there are always a million excuses, but believe it or not, most of these excuses have a way of falling by the wayside once you start. If your workplace doesn’t offer a place to wash up, try bringing a washcloth and hand towel for a quick “bath”. If there isn’t appropriate bike parking, ask your supervisor to get a bike rack and explain how it can help your entire workforce. If you have to tote large items back and forth from work, consider getting a trailer, panniers or try doing a car/bike exchange where you drive in one day, bike home, bike in the next day, then drive home.

The Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin is here to help get you motivated for a great season of bike commuting! Throughout the state, there will be events from May 14th-18th. Get your morning coffee trail side, get a quick tune up, gather with friends at the end of the week to celebrate. While you’re at it, enter into the Wisconsin Bike Challenge. Log your miles from May 1st (no it’s not too late to start) to August 31st and get entered to win great prizes. Challenge your co-workers to see who can put the most miles in–you’d be amazed how well this works. Most importantly, think of some personal reasons of why you want to bike to work–we’d love to hear them!

About Kierstin Kloeckner, Bike Fed Board Member

Kierstin is a personal trainer who lives and bikes in Madison and a board member for the Bike Fed. She writes guest posts for us here, but you can read more of her thoughts on how cycling fits into her life at her personal blog Two Wheels From Home

7 thoughts on “Wisconsin Bike to Work Week

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  2. My car had been giving me fits, trying to kill me. I figured I wasn’t any worse on my bike with the crazy drivers who seem to think I have a target on my back. I started biking to work, and after a few days, found a route that was much more bike friendly. Then I bought a new car and I thought “Well, that was fun.” On Tuesday, I found myself heading to the garage for my bike…walking right past that brand new car. Huh. I think I may be becoming a bicycle commuter. Granted it’s less than 2 miles to work, but, hey! I just turned 59 last month. Baby steps, right?!

    Rode 14 miles yesterday afternoon on SE WI bike trails. It feels great to feel like a kid again!

    • Chris,

      That is FANTASTIC! You should feel great. Studies show that the trips 2.5 miles or under make the biggest difference for the environment if done by bike. Maybe look at your car as a way to get out of town or move huge items 🙂 Enjoy being a kid again and when fall comes, try joining Madison Bike Winter to get some cold weather commuting tips.

    • Feel free to contact the Bike fed office. It is held around the same time each year. We look forward to having you be a part of it!

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