Tuesday, April 22nd is Earth Day. I don’t know about you, but the Earth has always been my favorite planet. It’s got oxygen and water, two things I really like, and my grandmother lives here. So, yeah, I’m down to celebrate Earth Day. And I am thinking that you cyclists must be into Mother Earth, too. I mean, she’s giving you the hills to climb, the food to fuel you up those hills, and the wind to whistle past your ears on the way down. So in honor of this special day, I offer up to you, my bike loving, Earth valuing friends, three ways to celebrate your favorite planet:
1. Cheer on the first annual Earth Day Bike Ride! Two businesses at the forefront of the Green Movement in Boston are teaming up for the day. The fine folks at Urban AdvenTours and the Kimpton Hotel Group – with the Nine Zero, the Onyx and Marlowe, they operate three of the classiest and greenest hotels in Boston – are putting on a special Earth Day Ride for their guests. The ride will run through the city and along the Esplanade. Hopefully, it will be another beautiful day and no one will get a flat. Pray to Gaia.
2. Write a Biku…it’s just like a Haiku, but it’s about bikes. You remember how it goes, 5 syllables in the first line, 7 the next, and then 5 syllables again for the last line. Yup, it’s a Biku. Here’s a beauty:
Riding down Storrow/not a car in sight tonight/wild dreams of freedom.
Or maybe you like this one:
Full body spandex/panting at every stop light/you’re not Lance Armstrong
Ok, ok, so I’m no Masoaka Shiki. Can you do better? Write one or two of your own and send it in. I’ll post the best and maybe you’ll win a prize. Who knows?
3. Get ready for Bay State Bike Week, coming May 12-18. I’ve talked about it before, but it bears repeating. Bike Week is a national event, challenging every citizen to ride his or her bike to work for a week. Here in Boston, that would mean no more stifling traffic or stinky bus rides, and with all the incentives and activities all over Massachusetts, you might even have some fun.
It’s time to start thinking about what you will do for Bay State Bike Week. Is your bike still in the basement? Get it out and grease it up. Don’t have a bicycle? Rent one! Get your mind, bike and body ready for Bike Week. It might just change the way you commute. More to come…