After completing my goal of riding the entire length of the Midtown Greenway, I knew I wanted to start riding a bike more often. So, I finally took the 30 Days of Biking pledge this year. I've been following a few of my friends who have been participating since it's inaugural year in 2010. Even though I didn't complete all 30 days, I'm proud of the 109 miles I rode in 26 days and for the many "firsts" I tackled during the month.
Special thanks to Patrick Stephenson for creating 30 Days of Biking and enthusiastically encouraging cyclists of all skill levels to take the pledge. Because of you, I'm more comfortable riding a bike on both streets and trails. Learn more about "The man who invented 30 Days of Biking."
Also thank you to:
Day by Day
Day 1: Ride to Urban Bean where a bunch of people were meeting for a group ride downtown.
Day 2: Cold and windy 1 mile ride around my neighborhood.
Day 3: Gateway State Trail with Julia (double dipping for our 125 mile challenge).
Day 4: Afternoon NiceRide break on the University of Minnesota campus.
Day 5: NiceRide downtown as part of my commute.
Day 6: NiceRide to Minneapolis City Hall to attend a Pedestrian Advisory Committee meeting.
Day 7: Mid-morning Nice Ride break on the University of Minnesota campus.
Day 8: Partial commute home on a Nice Ride via Midtown Greenway.
Day 9: Group ride to The Bachelor Farmer Cafe with Perennial Cycle's Saturday Pastry Ride. Meet new friends (Suzanne and Kjensmo) and reconnect with people I've met through streets.mn (Suzanne's husband, Jeff and Heidi).
Day 10: Nice Ride with Scott in Northeast Minneapolis after a beer walk to Able Seedhouse + Brewery.
Day 11: Ride to Studio 2 for a neighborhood association meeting.
Day 12: Ride around Lake Harriet.
Day 13: Partial commute home via Hiawatha Trail.
Day 14: NiceRide for errands on campus.
Day 15: Short 2 mile ride around my neighborhood.
Day 16: Ride on the Grand Rounds Trail to Lake Nokomis and back.
Day 17: 1 mile ride around my neighborhood.
Day 18: Ride in the rain.
Day 19: 17 mile ride to Anne's house for tea and to listen to stories from her 3 month vacation in India. I met Anne through Minneapolis Bike Coalition at an Open Streets volunteer meeting.
Day 20: Rainy ride with my neighbor Jersey.
Day 21: Nice ride on campus.
Day 22: Nice ride around Lake Harriet. I wish there was a station closer to our home on the south side of Harriet.
Day 23: 3 block ride to a store. Learned that it's more hassle than it's worth for such short trips.
Day 24: Nice Ride from 36th & Bryant to Lake Harriet.
Day 25: Ride around the Page neighborhood.
Day 26: First skip day.
Day 27: Second skip day.
Day 28: Third skip day.
Day 29: Ride around Grass Lake.
Day 30: Fourth skip day. Bummer this happened on the last day. I had family in town and just didn't fit it in.
Map My Miles
April 2016 highlights
Moving my body
Total steps: 533,600 steps (17,786 steps averaged a day)
Total miles: 231.98 (7.73 miles averaged a day)
Most active day: Sunday, April 17 (40,641 steps/17.22 miles)
Least active day: Thursday, April 28 (10,589 steps/4.63 miles)
Watch + Read + Listen
I waited too long to document this so I can't remember!
Eat + Drink
The Nivens Family