Ceasing my thirst for oil and biking to work

I believe the official bike to work week was a few weeks ago.  It came and went with me thinking about how I should be biking to work.  For those of you that don’t know, I live very close to work.  As a matter of fact, it’s 13-15minute walk, or a 4 minute car ride.  So imagine a bike ride would be somewhere in between.  I have a million excuses for not riding to work.  1) I get hot and sweaty and mess up my hair, and there are no showers at work.

2) I don’t want roll into work in one set of “bike clothes” just to have to change into “work clothes”

3) I don’t want to get hit by a car and die

4) I don’t want to leave my bike on the bike rack in the parking garage because I’m afraid it will get stolen

5) I don’t want to have to ride my bike into the parking garage to put it ton the bike rack (see number three)

Let’s look at that list for a minute…. Yes, look really close at it.  What do you see?  Did you read through them?  I have over and over again, and when it comes down to it, all I see are excuses.  Big FAT ugly excuses!  Yes, they are all ridiculous!  You know that huge ecological disaster in the gulf?  Well, the more I think about it, the more I think it’s people like me that are to blame.  I drive my car to work, when it would take me less than 15minutes to walk.  Yes, it take more planning, yes, some times it’s an inconvenience, but ultimately when you break it down, I’m being a gas guzzler.  There is no way around it.  I want to think I’m eco friendly because I recycle and compost some of the time, and because I try to buy eco friendly products, but come on, really, I drive to work. 

That has to change.  It has to change right now.  I’m not saying I need to give up my car yet, but I need to not drive it to work unless it’s pouring down rain.  End of Story, suck it up cut out the excuses and bike to work. 

They say it takes three weeks to form a habit.  Well This week I’m going to bike to work.  I did run into snags this morning.  I got all ready.  Bike friendly work clothes on ready to go, ready to hop on my bike and peddle my heart out, but wait gotta strap that helmet on first (did you see excuse number three?).  Time to strap on the helmet and ride, but wait, where was my helmet?  Uggh, I left it in my friend Miriam’s car the night before.  I’d been good yesterday riding my bike to her cooking class www.Sustainablehealthchoices.com , but we threw my bike in the back of her car so we could run back to my house to drink wine and I left the helmet in the car.  So My bike to work week will start tomorrow.  I want to cease to be so reliant on my car. 

If you bike to work, I’d love to hear about why you made the change, or if you don’t why you haven’t yet.  I’d also love tips so if you do it please share what works for you.

Thanks for reading!  Happy Monday!