May is the nationally-recognized Bike to Work Month and last week, May 17 – 23, was Bike to Work Week (BTWW). Communities and organizations from all over the United States participated by hosting special events (see this post from the Official Google Blog for an especially impressive celebration). GoTriangle, a public-private partnership in North Carolina focused on providing and encouraging viable commuting options, organized events in close proximity to the Institute’s office.
The Institute recently moved its primary office location to Durham, and I took BTWW as an opportunity to try out my biking commute. My trip was 16.8 miles round trip, which felt a bit ambitious, but with the GoTriangle-sponsored event, I was able to break up the ride by recharging with coffee and breakfast on the way. It was neat to see the community from the bike view; the smells, sights, and sounds were far more noteworthy. And even on congested roads, cars gave me a wide berth, which was much appreciated. Moreover, I arrived at work and home invigorated, though perhaps a bit sore.
Interested in participating next year? The League of American Bicyclists has put together an informative guide full of information, ideas and resources to help you get started. Want to figure out the right route? Check out the new Google Maps directions for bikes. See you on the road!