Happy New Year everyone. I hope last year ended on a good note, and that this one is off to a fine start.
Last year, around this time, I pledged to do the following in 2010:
- Tally 3500 miles.
- Ride in two tours.
- Participate in three charity events.
- Ride two centuries.
I am very happy to say that I managed to accomplish all but the second. My mileage for the year (officially, i.e., actually showing on the Cat Eye) cleared the 3500 mark. I participated in Tour de Cure, the Hospice of Lenawee Run, Walk, and Bike event, and the ACDC Ride. And I chalked up centuries while on PALM (the one tour I got to ride) and in October for the second annual Nutty Bar 100. Not too shabby.
Personal milestones are definitely fun to pursue and reach. But, last January, I also wrote:
Although it will be more difficult to quantify, I really hope we’ll see in Adrian throughout the coming year more and more people on bicycles, whether for transportation or for sport. I hope with that will come increased awareness and support for bicycle infrastructure. The two go hand in hand, each resulting in more of the other. I know I’m not the only one who would like to see this, and I’m confident that it can happen. Momentum is building. Pedal on.
How did we do on that one? It wouldn’t be fair for me alone to say, but here are a few highlights. You be the judge.
First, the Maple Wheelers’ rides on Monday and Wednesday nights consistently saw double-digit turnouts.
Second, the ACDC Ride marked its third year with 52 riders, who helped raise over $800 for the Associated Charities of Lenawee County.
Third, and best of all, by far, we saw the formation and launch of the Re-Bicycle Lenawee Co-op. What began as an exciting idea bandied about in email and over coffee now looks like this:
And this past Wednesday, a local homeless man spent an hour inside, getting warm, working on his bike (his primary mode of transportation), helping himself to whatever bits and pieces and tools he needed to make his repairs and adjustments, and taking advantage of the collective wisdom of those present whenever he had trouble with something.
So, what’s in store for 2011? Personally, I’m going for…
- 4,000 miles;
- Two tours (GOBA and a LMB sponsored peregrination);
- Three charity events (and along with that, I want to see double the number of riders at the 4th annual ACDC Ride and twice the amount of money raised for Associated Charities); and
- Four centuries, one of which might be the One Day Ride Across Michigan. (How else am I going to tally 4,000 miles?)
Wish me luck.
Collectively? Who knows. Momentum always has the potential to escalate exponentially, and this year we’re beginning with a full head of steam already up and running. I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing how things unfold. All things bikes and bicycling are on the rise in Lenawee County.
What are your bike-related plans, goals, and dreams over the next twelve months?