Bike Commuter Journal – Cycling, a Moving Experience

Blessing the Bikes NYCPlease welcome back guest commuter Don Pillsbury – if you’d like to share your commuting experiences, please email us at wwbikeped@gmail.com.

I have to admit, some cyclists hold a lofty self-image of their noble pursuit to reduce their carbon footprint. But could cycling ever be a religious experience?

Spurred by a challenge from a friend, two years ago for Lent I “gave up my car.” Truth be told, I was not “car-free” but I did make a concerted effort to rely more on the bike and less on the auto. Before hopping in the car to run an errand I developed the habit of evaluating whether the bike could be used. As a result I rode in conditions I would normally avoid. At the end of the 46 day period I pedaled 700 miles.

In the spirit of Lent, the cost savings of almost $200 were donated to a disaster relief charity. But more than the financial benefits, the experience was priceless. Time spent in the saddle had an increased focus on my faith and what it means to me. Would you believe me if I said it was a very moving experience?

Photo from “Blessing of the Bikes” at St John the Divine in NYC on April 30, 2011.

A version of this post appeared in On the Move, the blog for the Greater Mercer Transportation Management Association.

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