Sunday, 20 December 2015

The Bike to Work project

​Now is a good time to tell you about my New Years resolution - from last year. I set myself the challenge of riding the bike to work 50 times in 2015.

I work four days a week, and it's a very long ride. I CAN ride all the way there and back, but I'm slow and it's a long way (26km each way). So, I have number of ways I can do it, and still get a good work day:
  • Some days I rode all the way in, and got a lift home (we have two learner drivers, so they fought for the chance to drive us in on school holidays).
  • Some days, Jeff and I put the bikes on the car rack, and drove half way, then rode in and back (12km each way, very nice).
  • Some days took the bike on the train for part of the trip home.
  • We moved offices, from Collingwood to the city, so now I can also ride to my choice of bike cage (Bicycle Victoria is installing fantastic bike cages at railway stations), lock up there, and train into the city.
There have been challenges.
  • Any option that involved the car needed MY car, the one that fits the bike rack. But that's the one Catriona drives too, and she often has evening commitments. So I didn't ride some days.
  • In winter it gets dark really early, so some options don't work.
  • I don't mind riding in the warm or the cold, and I can manage drizzle and breezes, but rain, extreme heat and strong wind make it too dangerous for me.
  • A few days I had early meetings.
  • And the odd sick day, and bike-getting-repaired day, cuts out some rides too.
So, it has taken some effort to get to the fifty rides. I've been keeping a spreadsheet.

And I'm pleased to say, I'm nearly there. I've hit 49 rides, and I have just two work days left.


Post script. I made it. The next day. Wasn't that hard really!

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