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Four Great Reasons to Bike Every Day in April

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The program 30 Days of Biking will donate 1 bike for someone in need for every 30 bikers that take the pledge.

 

 

Whether you love or hate the cyclists that pop up during your morning commute, there are many reasons to start pedaling around town. People who bike can shed pounds, save money and reduce their carbon footprint.

 

This month, the program 30 Days of Biking is encouraging both new and expert bikers to hit the streets. Cyclists will pledge to ride every day this April, and many will share their experiences on social media with the hashtag #30daysofbiking. Trips can be for any length of time, and for any reason -- from a long trek to the office to a short jaunt around the block.

 

Minneapolis-based founders Patrick Stephenson and Zach Schaap started the pledge in 2010, inspired by a similar program, #30daysofyoga. 30 Days of Biking has blossomed from 300 participants the year it started to over 6,800 riders around the world signed up so far for 2014.

 

This year there is an even better reason to participate:  the program will donate one bike to a kid in need -- through the nonprofit Free Bikes 4 Kidz -- for every 30 bikers who register. The group says it hopes this will help create more future cyclists.

 

"It's just about making it a part of your life," Stephenson said about biking to Wisconsin Trails magazine. "As soon as you start to do that and realize how you can fit it in, it becomes more of a mainstay, more of a habit. Everybody needs to start somewhere."

 

What You Can Do:

  • Pledge to join 30 Days of Biking
  • Follow 30 Days of Biking on Twitter
  • Like 30 Days of Biking on Facebook
  • Donate to Free Bikes 4 Kidz