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Written by Darci Tomky   


For those of you who haven’t been counting down the days from last year’s event, I just wanted to let you know Wednesday, June 22 is Colorado’s Bike to Work Day.

Now don’t let this column fool you. I’m not trying to persuade you to go out and ride your bike to work next Wednesday. (It’s not like there’s any health or environmental benefits or anything...)

I simply want to warn you to watch out for me and my co-workers as we bust out our bikes for quite possibly our favorite holiday of the year.

Despite my excitement for Bike to Work Day, I don’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to bike riding.

My bike got the best of me three times ... in college. It’s normal for first-graders to fall off their bike a few times on the way to school, but a college student? That’s pushing it.

Yep, I felt pretty good about myself when I’m cruising down the sidewalk to my 8 a.m. class on the first day of my senior year of college. Next thing I know I’m lying on the ground and all the other kids are pointing and laughing. Don’t worry though—the only thing I hurt was my pride.

Part of me never wanted to ride a bike again, but as they say, you have to get back in the saddle again and face your fears.

I’m telling you this story because maybe, just maybe, you won’t be embarrassed about riding your bike to work next week. (It can’t really get much worse than that.)

If you give me the excuse that you don’t remember how, I’m going to tell you, “It’s just like riding a bike.” Literally.

I’ve had Delilah, my beautiful purple and teal bicycle, since I was about 12, and she still does great!

Last year, some of us at work participated in Bike to Work Day, and you’d be surprised how that little bit of motivation really put the wheels in motion and got us rolling in the right direction.

I was so impressed as I watched my co-workers cruise up to the office on their bikes the majority of the summer. (Ashley, Chris and Jes-c really get all the credit here.)

Just in case anyone is confused, you don’t have to just ride your bike to work on the one and only Bike to Work Day. You can ride your bike whenever you want! (I know, it’s a tough concept for some people.)

Biking is a great way to save on gas money and shave off a few pounds in the nice summer months. (Or in the not-so-nice months! I have to give a shout out to Wade Warren here, who can be seen riding his bike to work, rain or shine.)

Riding your bike can even save time if you are simply running errands or heading to a friend’s house. And really, there are no excuses about the distance, because everything in Holyoke is within about two miles of everything else.

If you are still a little apprehensive about riding your bike to work next Wednesday, here are a few things to remember.

This weekend, take some time to practice the route you will take to work. Then you will know exactly how long it will take. (Your body might also thank you for giving it a little time to warm up to the thought of that oh-so-comfortable bike seat.)

Stash some essentials at work so you can freshen up when you get there. Even if you have a shiny beautiful new bike doesn’t mean you’ll be beautiful when you arrive at work in the morning.

Consider wearing a bike helmet. (Talk about a good role model!) They say the human skull is about as thick as a dinner plate—and just about as fragile.

If bicycling is not your thing, you could walk, roller blade, skateboard or even unicycle. In light of the aforementioned accidents, I think I’ll stick with my bike!

Holyoke Enterprise June 16, 2011