Posted by: shoji | May 22, 2008

Bay State Bike Week

Last week was Bay State Bike Week.

As I transition to being a bike commuter, I heard about the 50,000-Mile [Bicycle] Commuter Challenge and pledged my ~4 mile/day ride to/from the Alewife T-stop. In brief, the idea was to get many people to commute during bike week a certain number of miles.

Turns out that 50K miles was a low-ball goal, and >100K miles were pledged by bicycle commuters throughout Massachusetts. Of course, who knows how many miles were actually ridden…. but the Alewife T-stop is packed with bicycles in the morning, and the T is adding more bicycle racks in the near future.

Luck was on my side, and I was randomly selected as a finalist to potentially win a new Fuji Commuter Bicycle. And they were going to make the selection at a Happy Hour event at Flat Top Johnny’s in Kendall Sq.

Long story short: I didn’t win the Fuji Bicycle. (But I recently bought a great bicycle, the Breezer Uptown8, so I can’t be too disappointed. I’ll be writing a review of the Uptown8 soon.) However, I did win one of the door prize raffles: thank you very much, REI!

The prize consisted of two bags stuffed with goodies. The small, black messenger bag on the left has the 2008 Bike Week logo on it, which reads “Kick Gas”.

Inside:

Kick Gas T-shirt; Bike Map of Boston; stickers; mini Clif Bar; mini bungee cords; and a nice OnGuard bicycle lock (not for heavy-duty applications, but just right for cruising around town and getting a quick ice cream cone).

The Eagle Creek Bag had an embroidered REI on the cloth side. Inside:

“Get Dirty” REI Volunteer shirt (not cotton); weatherproof outer shell/jacket; water bottles (because one isn’t enough); and tire irons (because one set isn’t enough). I was quite happy about the shirt and jacket– until I realized they are both women’s cut. Ugh! Useless for me… but they fit my wife just fine.

(Though the arm-pit zips on the jacket don’t unzip and all the retail tags are missing… perhaps there’s a reason why it was a “gift”?)

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  1. Hi. Please join the Bicycle to Work! LinkedIn networking group. Members pledge that they will try to ride their bicycle to work or on an errand at least once a week. Although the benefits should be obvious, let me outline them here.

    Right now people in the industrialized world are facing two very grave problems: obesity and a growing scarcity of oil. Compounding this problem is the new food shortage brought about, in part, by the conversion of food cropland to bio-fuel crop production. Most people feel powerless to help, but there is one thing that we can do. Ride our bicycles to work.

    If everyone would agree to ride their bikes to work one day per week we could cut oil consumption by as much as 10-15%. No one would argue that riding a bike burns more calories than driving the car. Although popular politically right now, most bio-fuels consume more energy than they produce. We would be much better to eat those bio-crops then use our own energy to transport us around.

    So spread the word. Make it a movement! Bicycle to work one day a week and do your part to cut back obesity and the overuse of oil and precious cropland.

    Just go to my profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreylstevenson and you can click on the group to be included. While you are there, don’t forget to ask to link to my network of more than 9,000,000 like-minded professionals. I accept all invitations and look forward to meeting you.

    Jeff

  2. Everyone complain the high gas price. Why can’t people give up the luxury life style and save the environment too? Just go back to 50′s, even have a bike consider a luxury in the developing countries.
    For eco-friendly world. it’s the way to go.


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