Last May Day it was pouring as the Bike to PSU Challenge kicked off. This was disappointing since I was committed to Biking Rain or Shine. Others weren’t so brave and my bike was the only one in the racks for a good portion of the morning. This year the challenge started out with glorious weather and I had trouble finding a bike parking spot.
During the month of May I’ll be logging my miles on Portland State University’s snazzy Bike to PSU Challenge website. Last year I was on a team of 10 and we helped hold each other accountable to riding every day at least one way. Unfortunately, it was a drizzly spring so I didn’t stick to my 14-mile round trip commute consistently. I took transit on 4 super soggy days. Nevertheless, as I described in my post 1 Tiny House & 4 Bicycles, I did manage to commute nearly 300 miles by bike in May 2012!
This year my commute is much shorter. I’m only 2.5 miles from campus instead of 7. But I’m also much more likely to ride consistently because the distance is shorter and because in the past year I’ve upgraded my tires and added fenders and better lights to my commuter bike. This past week I also replaced my old U-lock which drove me crazy with a new one which uses a combination lock instead of a key. One less thing to keep track of! (But it doesn’t count as one less thing for My 200 Things Challenge since I actually consider my bike lock as well as it’s key part of my bike. If that doesn’t make sense to you, check out my logic in My Things Challenge: Who’s Counting Anyway?)
This year there are 271 riders on 79 teams logging their mileage. So this month stay tuned for photos of Portland by bike. Cheers to bike rides and sunny days!