Sick of Cycling? Try 30 Days of Biking

We’re eight days into April, a month that has become known to many in the Twitterverse as 30 Days of Biking, where riders pledge to ride every day of the month and document their efforts via social media.Surly LHT and cherry blossoms

I did not plan to sign up for 30 Days of Biking, but officially registered last week because I thought it would help cure what’s been ailing me of late– being sick of biking in the city.

Those of you who read this blog know that I like using my bike to go places. Usually when I ride, my commute becomes a mini-adventure.

Perhaps I seek out a street that I rarely ride down to alter up my route, or I check out an area that I have not seen in a while, just to remind myself what it looks like or see how it has changed. Spontaneous grocery runs to a store up the road from work or a meet-up for dinner by bike are not unusual.

Bartholdi Fountain and daffodils, U.S. Botanic Garden
Bartholdi Fountain and daffodils, U.S. Botanic Garden

However, over the last year I stopped appreciating my bike-centric lifestyle. I got sick of biking. Recently, I’ve been taking the most direct way to and from work. I seldom take the long way. I ride attuned to traffic, but with my head down. “What new is there to see,” says my jaded self.

Along came 30 Days of Biking and I told myself I did not need to register. Over the last three Aprils (2013, 2012, and 2011) I have ridden at least 25 days. It’s not like I’m not getting out on my bike.

But I then began thinking of how I could use 30 Days of Biking as an opportunity to bring adventure and enjoyment back to my urban riding. I signed up.

And guess what? To my surprise, it’s been working. Being part of 30 Days of Biking encourages me to pause and see something new on my regular route. Some days it inspires me to extend my regular ride in search of a new site to document. Every day I take at least one photo of my commute.

 

Lafayette Park
Lafayette Park

30 Days of Biking is just what the doctor ordered to help cure me of my sick of cycling sentiments. While spring’s colorful arrival has certainly been refreshing, it’s largely my participation in 30 Days of Biking that has rekindled my enthusiasm for everyday cycling.

The number of miles and days I ride has not changed (at least not yet), but 30 Days of Biking has given me a much-needed new set of eyes to appreciate my bike-centric life and the beauty of Washington, D.C.

To see more of my 30 Days of Biking, you can click over to my set on flickr, or follow my Instagram posts. 

13 thoughts on “Sick of Cycling? Try 30 Days of Biking”

  1. Great post – and photos too. I’ve signed up to 30 days of biking as well, and you’ve articulated exactly what I’ve been thinking. I usually cycle every day to and from work, and then leave my bike at home at the weekend. So most of my cycling is just covering the same ground, day after day after day, which I enjoy (it beats catching the train) but it does get a bit monotonous. But because I now have to take my bike out at the weekend, too, I’m finding new places to cycle and discovering new things to see – and also rediscovering the real joys of cycling.

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    1. Thanks. Yes, it’s good to have this month to shake things up during the work week. And I’m with you, riding a bike definitely beats a train ride.

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  2. Much like #3odaysofbiking has done for you, I’ve found your errandonnee/coffeeneuring challenges make mundane ride into adventures. In many cases they’ve pushed me to do rides to odd places at very odd times (20 mile round trip coffee run at 5am on gravel, for example).

    Glad that cyc-er-biking is still putting a smile on your face. Enjoy those blossoms!

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  3. Nice! I completely forgot about 30 Days of Biking and so did not sign up. Coincidentally, I’ve been doing much more daily cycling than I had been because they finally installed bikeshare at my Metro station, so I’ll probably end up with close to 30 days just by mistake.

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  4. It’s interesting how committing to doing something can bring about an attitude change. I registered for 30 Days of Biking to get over the lazy-ass behavior that set in after this long winter of illness and bad weather. So far I’ve gotten out there every day, in spite of a fall (while walking, that dangerous pastime) that hurt my wrist and in spite of that hella bad rain a couple of days ago. Today it led to a bit of local advocacy. I biked to the bank. While there I told the “relationship banking specialist” (that’s his title) that I had to lock my bike to a signpost with a sign that prohibits bicycles, skateboards and rollerblades. “You guys should get a bike rack,” I suggested. Surprisingly, he enthusiastically agreed and said he’d take it up with the bank and talk to the LBS owner down the street. I’m eager to see if it happens!

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    1. Well done re talking to the “banking specialist” about a bike rack. I need to do better about mentioning that when I go to different places. Bike parking in some places is difficult, and maybe the lack of it is due to people not thinking about it, not because they’re unwilling to install it.

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      1. I agree that sometimes it’s just a matter of raising the possibility. Usually I just get a polite brush off. This was the first time I had the feeling that action would be taken. One tiny step for successful advocacy. I plan to follow up. Thank them if they do it and ask how it’s going if they don’t.

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  5. I’m 4 for 9 so it’s not quite a 30 days of cycling for me but it is a very nice idea to strive for and nice to take a look around when commuting. Anything gets tedious and driving, for me, sometimes is a relief after several days of riding. So I can see where you are coming from. And, yes, cycling always beats the train, which sees a lot of delays around here.

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  6. Tried it last year. Day 27 was rain and 43 degrees. Rode 5 miles. Was sick April 28. Trying it again this year. So far 9 days have been good.

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