I started commuting by bicycle one year ago today. I’ve had a lot of fun, lost weight, improved my fitness, saved money, and decreased my impact on the environment. When I started commuting a year ago, I had no idea I’d be riding to work year-round.
I’ve ridden on beautiful days: I watched flowers bloom in the spring and enjoyed the rustling of leaves beneath my tires in the fall. I’ve ridden on hot summer days and arrived at work sweaty, but still smiling. I’ve ridden in 0-degree temperatures, days so cold condensation froze on my bicycle. I’ve ridden in rain, fog, mist, snow, sleet, freezing rain, and ice. I’ve begun to feel these are my streets.
I’ve also learned a lot, and made a lot of changes to my bicycles and my techniques in that time — and I continue to hone my commuting process. Today I rode in work clothes, whereas I normally change once I get here. This is made easier by the fact that this has been dubbed “casual week” at my company, but I’m hoping that when conditions aren’t too hot, or too wet, I can just ride in my work clothes, even when I have to dress a little more formally.
I haven’t ridden every day and I work from home sometimes, so things break down as follows:
- 151 days of bicycle commuting
- 905.10 miles
I’m looking forward to another year of commuting. Hopefully I can rely on my car even less in the next year.