Do you ride your bike every day, or need a bit of extra incentive to do so? Well, now there’s an extra reason to do so with the launch of the 30 Days of Biking – slogan, ‘We ride our bikes. every. friggin’. day. '– from 1 April. As the name suggests, the idea is to get you riding your bike every single day of the month, while using a variety of social media to keep in touch with like-minded people doing the same.
As the organisers put it, “The only rule for 30 Days of Biking is that you bike every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online. We believe biking enriches life, builds community, and preserves the Earth. This is the second year, and third round, of 30 Days of Biking!”
The initiative was launched in Minnesota last year, but thanks to the power of websites such as Twitter word has quickly spread – it even got a mention in the Watford Observer last month, with West Hertfordshire cycling campaign group Spokes encouraging local cyclists to take part.
To take part, all you have to do is register on the 30 Days of Biking website, which the organisers say “will shoot your name onto our master participants list, setting your name in virtual stone. Interaction from here is up to you! Bike every day, then tweet (using the hashtag #30daysofbiking) or blog, or Facebook, or Flickr, or Tumblr, or Daily Mile, or write a snail mail letter about it. Make videos and songs. Be pleased as punch you're biking and fulfilling an awesome goal.”
With the clocks going forward and the weather improving, what better excuse do you need to get out and about on your bike?
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.