Happy Bike to Work Day! I’m not biking at all today because I’m at Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Cooking for Solutions event — far far away from my bike. But I’m cycling vicariously by reading inspiring stories of two-wheeling -- and plan to get on my bike once I get home!
>> Back in L.A., many of my fellow Angelenos got on their bikes to celebrate Bike to Work Day and Bike to Campus Week. Those doing the bike-bus combo trip to work got a free ride on the Metro today. Unfortunately, not all the Metro riders knew about this free deal, leaving some cyclists in the lurch. The transit agency did release its first county-wide bike map, however, which should help cyclists who’ve got the muscle power to avoid the Metro buses and trains altogether.
>> Is biking to work an easy green change, or a tough green task? Depending on your personality, habits, and neighborhood, your answer will vary widely. Francine Kiefer, a blogger for The Christian Science Monitor, took her bike out for a day but expects it to stay mostly in the garage in the future:
I’m a fair-weather rider, deterred by rain, snow, sleet, and August humidity. More importantly, this morning did little to calm my worries about commuter traffic. Some of the problem is my inexperience, and I’m willing to learn from that. But I can see now that if commuter biking is to really take off, cities and workplaces need to encourage it, from bike lanes (finally, Washington is creating some) to workplace showers.
It’s amazing how easy it was for me to bike 30 miles a day to and from the office, and how hard it is to get out at dawn or dusk (or even lunchtime) for a recreational ride.
Green Goose combines personal fitness with competition in a new way: A wireless bike sensor is attached to the rear axle of your bike, which then transmits that information back to your Green Gateway back home or at your office once in range.
You could simply use it for your own knowledge, setting goals for your activities…. But where it begins to gain traction is that you can broadcast your activity to your Twitter and Facebook networks.