Bike to work day/week/month

Friday, May 16th is bike-to-work day. This event, put on by the League of American Bicyclists, tries to get more people out of their cars and on bikes. This week is also bike to work week. For those with the fortitude to extend their bike commuting even further, the League of American Bicyclists challenges you to bike to work the entire week.

Perhaps one of the most difficult things about bike commuting is selecting your route. For most bike commuters, especially in car-centric cities such as Dallas, safety is the primary concern. A few great resources for mapping out your route are www.bikely.com, www.mapmyride.com, and www.gmap-pedometer.com. The first two are great for finding routes in your area that have already been ridden by pioneering cyclists. The third is a great tool for simply playing with your route and finding elevation change and distance information. For example, I will be riding this route on Friday. All of these sites are based on Google maps, so they have great user interfaces.

If you are located in Dallas, another great resource for bike commuters is the DORBA (Dallas Off-Road Bicycle Association) Commuter Channel. There you can ask questions about your route, how to pack for commuting to work, or anything else. Registration is required to post, but it is quick and painless. Many other cities have groups or clubs that cater to bicycle commuters. Usually, a quick Google search is all you need to find them.

So, are any of you up to the challenge?

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2 Responses to “Bike to work day/week/month”


  1. 1 Spencer Haffenpfeiffer May 29, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Thanks for the energy conciousness blog. Great comments and links to fascinating information I can use. Hope the cell phone recycling is going crazy since it can be another source of pollution. By the way, Al Gore promotes his own self-gratifying agenda that has nothing to do with the junk science he spews. He is trying to line his own pockets with money from green technologies venture capitalists and does not give a rip about his fellow man. Look at his electric bill, gas bill, and lifestyle. He has a larger carbon footprint than ten average families!

  2. 2 michaelpopovici May 29, 2008 at 2:24 pm

    Spencer,

    I have a hard time with Al Gore’s lifestyle as well. I believe he has justified it by saying that his footprint is offset by carbon credits. This argument, though, is like letting your dog poop on your neighbors lawn and then giving them the bag to clean it up. He needs to be more accountable for his choices.

    I will say that he did bring an important issue to the forefront. Regardless of his motives (and I can’t believe they are all self-serving) he got a lot of people talking and thinking about global warming.


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