Six years ago, 30 Days of Biking began as a simple challenge, inviting people to pledge to ride their bikes daily, to share their experiences over social media, and to just get out there and enjoy cycling. Since those humble beginnings, the month-long event has grown exponentially. People from all over the world have signed up, including professional cyclists.
While the challenge is global, it also has an impact here in the Twin Cities, as the organization hosts a variety of gatherings, parties, and rides during the 30 days. It also donates a bike to Bikes for Kidz for every 30 pledges made, providing wheels for kids who might not otherwise have money for a bike.
Even more icing on the cake: Today the city of Minneapolis declared April 2015 30 Days of Biking Month.
"As a regular bicycle rider, I know first-hand how much safer the streets feel with more people bicycling," says Minneapolis City Council Member Lisa Bender via press release. "I'm glad to partner with 30 Days of Biking to bring the joy of bicycling to more people in Minneapolis."
While the folks behind 30 Days will be hosting a variety of rides and meetups, the city will be celebrating too. It will be lighting the I-35W bridge teal, which is 30 Days' signature color, and has been featured on their site and on spoke cards. The Lowry Avenue bridge will be lit teal on April 30.
"We're just an idea that became reality because enough people care," says 30 Days of Biking director Patrick Stephenson. "We maintain a simple goal: to encourage more people to ride bicycles."
Congratulations, guys. You can learn more and sign up at 30daysofbiking.com and follow #30daysofbiking on Twitter.