Reducing Oil Consumption…..with Gortex?
By Mark Norfolk on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Today I road my bike to work for the first time….ever. The weather was 45 degrees and raining. So what led this middle aged engineer to ride a bicycle to work in the rain?
This month is National Bike Month
, and to celebrate Columbus is hosting the annual Bike to Work Challenge
. Bicycling to work has many benefits ranging from increased health to reducing our reliance on foreign oil. Imagine if 25% of those in the US road their bike to work instead of driving a car. People would be more fit (reducing inflating medical costs), we would use less oil (driving down demand and price) and would produce less pollution. Some sources
say that ¾ of Chinese people ride a bike to work daily, so it is not impossible for a population to commute this way.
Although these lofty goals were part of my motivation, I must admit that good ole’ fashioned competition was also involved. Last year EWI won the Columbus Bike Challenge, narrowly defeating a law firm that rides under the moniker MDK. Although I was not involved in last year’s effort, team MDK has blatantly accused EWI of cheating and I feel I must step up to defend our honor. Thus, at 6 am this morning I donned my $5 garage-sale Gortex jacket and road 10 miles to work in the rain. So what did I learn on my journey:
- My timbuk2 messenger bag and my Gortex jacket really are waterproof.
- I need to get into shape.
- Riding a bike to work is not that bad….even in the rain.
Posted by Mark Norfolk