320 Miles in Week One of National Bike Month

National Bike Month 2010Bill Garrett is the WWBPA?s bike-commuting champ for Week One of National Bike Month: an impressive? 105 miles. ?Great weather this first week!? he says.? (I say too bad the weather forecast doesn?t look quite as good for Week Two.)

Runner-up is Deniz Dagci. Wife Jessica reports he rode 74 miles since May 1, including errands and such. ?For both of us, commuting is 35 miles a week. My total since May 1 is not as impressive, just 48 miles (it was concert week, poor Deniz was left with most of the errands),? she says. The Dagci household is car-free and the two commute to Princeton University.

Yes, Jessica got caught in Monday?s rain. ?Three cheers for the gym and shower that followed before a long day at work,? ?she added. But there was good news during the week too — the monster brush pile on Washington Road disappeared mid week. (Yes, the shoulder on Washington Road isn?t an official bike lane, but cyclists appreciate it being kept free of debris anyway.)

Former WWBPA trustee Bruce Ellsworth described a 33-mile day this way: ?Friday’s weather was so perfect, I wanted to keep riding.? So, I doubled up my commute to work to make 22 miles in the morning.? I would have gone longer, but I had an early morning meeting at work. I rode a circuitous route around Hopewell township. It was quite nice to get out of Princeton Borough where, especially on Fridays, automobile traffic can be rather aggressive.? After work, I rode directly home, since I was due to watch my daughter in the evening so my wife could go out with a friend.? Even so, I was happy to be on my bike without all the cold weather gear on, making it the most memorable bike commute so far this year.? (Unfortunately, he says, it was his only commute ride of the week.)

John Kuhn reports riding to work 2 ? times for a total of 25 miles. Unfortunately, he got a flat tire on the way home Wednesday and got his wife to pick him up.

Van Cotter racked up seven commuting miles and an eighth for errands (plus 35 for fun).

WWBPA trustee Silvia Ascarelli rode just 15 miles, but then she has a quick ride along Cranbury Road to the train station. She did cycle to Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association to pick up the key to a bike locker at the station. (A 1 ?-year wait! But the WWBPA is working to eliminate the backlog. Hopefully we are in the middle of the last hiccup before 10 locker spots are installed.)

Another train commuter, Juan Cardenas, rode 12 miles over four round-trips to the station.

Total so far: 320 miles. Keep pedaling!

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