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Anti-Automobile April Biking Challenge!!
« on: April 01, 2013, 11:50:47 AM »
Flowers are blooming, the sun is out (sometimes) and MMM himself is throwing down the gauntlet this month. The stars are aligned for an AAAA (Awesome Anti-Automobile April) Biking Challenge!!

For the impatient, here's the April Spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Am8qaK8Qf80edHhoODJ3MllkaHJVaU5PczY0aUtXY3c#gid=1

(Let me know if there are any problems with it or if you need help adding yourself)

Now some stats for March:

We had 39 participants (a record I think!) AND, we've logged a cumulative 24,000 miles! That's about enough to CIRCLE PLANET EARTH!!!! Repeat: we have orbited planet earth on bicycles. Mission Control, do you copy?
And we prevented 12 TONS of CO2 from polluting the environment.

Once again, here's the spreadsheet link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Am8qaK8Qf80edHhoODJ3MllkaHJVaU5PczY0aUtXY3c#gid=1

Happy Cycling!

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Re: Anti-Automobile April Biking Challenge!!
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2013, 12:31:53 PM »
I am thinking there might be a permissions problem with the tabs. I am unable to edit mine. Is there something you have to "tweak" in the share settings?

In any case thanks for setting this up month after month Yolfer! I find it to be a great motivator.

YAR

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« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2013, 01:16:39 PM »
Awesome! I'm committed to bike commuting this month.

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« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2013, 01:49:36 PM »
I am thinking there might be a permissions problem with the tabs. I am unable to edit mine. Is there something you have to "tweak" in the share settings?

In any case thanks for setting this up month after month Yolfer! I find it to be a great motivator.

YAR

You're right, thanks for catching that! I had it set to read-only.

Should be fixed now! Let me know whether or not it works. Sorry about that.

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« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2013, 02:48:15 PM »
Had some knee pain on Saturday. Going to take a few days off and heal up. No sense in risking it.

I'm excited for this month, can't wait to get on the bike. It's going to be awesome!

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« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2013, 03:24:51 PM »
I need an anti-car focus month.  I've been on a record low for the past two months for bike mileage, and we ate out far too often last month as well (blowing my food budget badly). 

Stupidly enough, as I get back into a good training mode on the bike, I will be driving or car pooling a couple of days per week to get to evening rides.  I'm willing to do this because I enjoy the people, the speed, and the general workout.  Other than those days, I'll be car pooling and riding the bike to/from work and local errands.

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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2013, 05:38:50 PM »
I hope to up my game this month! I logged 100 miles in March (ugh, only 100!), I am shooting for significantly more this month. Went 18 this morning.

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« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2013, 05:06:07 AM »
This is such a great challenge, thank you yolfer for continuing on! Will you change my count from miles to kilometers? I changed it in my sheet, but don't know how to change it versus the summary. Thank you!

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« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2013, 05:27:26 AM »
Had some knee pain on Saturday. Going to take a few days off and heal up. No sense in risking it.

I'm excited for this month, can't wait to get on the bike. It's going to be awesome!

I have knee pain every day...then again, I am an old "former athlete".

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« Reply #9 on: April 02, 2013, 07:14:00 AM »
What about adding feet to the table and making it a biking/walking challenge (like MMM's Anti-Automobile April challenge)? I love the biking challenge, but if we added walking, perhaps others who don't bike would join and reduce their driving. We could calculate the miles walked separately from the miles biked, or we could just start another challenge...

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« Reply #10 on: April 02, 2013, 09:55:43 AM »
What about adding feet to the table and making it a biking/walking challenge (like MMM's Anti-Automobile April challenge)? I love the biking challenge, but if we added walking, perhaps others who don't bike would join and reduce their driving. We could calculate the miles walked separately from the miles biked, or we could just start another challenge...

I like this idea :)

It's April second... and I've already driven my car twice!

On Monday I had to drive my car about half a block so I wouldn't get a ticket during street cleaning... today I had to drive my car to the other side of the street so I wouldn't get a ticket during street cleaning.

Sooooo much gas wasted with my long, frivolous drives.

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« Reply #11 on: April 02, 2013, 12:33:39 PM »
I'd like to participate, if someone could add my personal total to the overall summary page, that would be great. 


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« Reply #12 on: April 02, 2013, 02:15:51 PM »
This is such a great challenge, thank you yolfer for continuing on! Will you change my count from miles to kilometers? I changed it in my sheet, but don't know how to change it versus the summary. Thank you!

Fixed! Not sure how that got broken. Any other KM users? Speak up and I'll convert your total on the Main page.

I'd like to participate, if someone could add my personal total to the overall summary page, that would be great.

Added you! Have fun!
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« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2013, 09:26:00 PM »
I'm in! 

I live in Hoboken, NJ, designated (by whomever does that sort of thing) a Bronze-level bike-friendly community and a Gold-level walk-friendly community, so my good intentions of walking, taking mass transit and riding my bike are supported and encouraged by a town that provides bike lanes, lots of bike racks and a comprehensive mass-transit system. 

Still, a little gauntlet-throwing can only help keep me focused on hopping on my bike whenever I need to get around.  I look forward to helping the Moustachians beat last month's numbers.


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Re: Anti-Automobile April Biking Challenge!!
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2013, 10:16:25 PM »
Hi, I don't want to mix up the sheet, could you add me to the running total too?  Thanks!

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« Reply #15 on: April 03, 2013, 08:29:04 AM »
first ride to work since december today and i felt like i was gonna DIE! it's no longer snowing, so i'm gonna get as many miles in as i can over the next few weeks, to get some conditioning back. wow, it slips away fast!

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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2013, 07:33:02 AM »
Thought I'd throw down the latest Congestion Report link here...you can find the city you live in and find how much time and money is WASTED by automobile commuting.  As you all know, biking is practically immune from congestion!  For myself in Ottawa, I didn't even know we were ranked number 18 in terms of most congested in North America - I've never commuted here by car! 

There's some 'cool' information in these reports.  For example in Ottawa; your delay per hour driven in peak period is 40 minutes.  Thus your delay per year (i.e. sitting in car wasting time) for a 30 minute commute is 92 hours! 

Also, if you were to bike some of the time (i.e. b/c it was a 10 mile bike ride) - you could choose the best days to drive if you have to.  For example Wednesday and Thursday would be days to avoid driving ; whereas Monday and Friday would be better to drive. 

http://www.tomtom.com/lib/doc/congestionindex/2013-0322-TomTom-CongestionIndex-2012-Annual-NAM-mi.pdf

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« Reply #17 on: April 05, 2013, 06:48:24 AM »
What about adding feet to the table and making it a biking/walking challenge (like MMM's Anti-Automobile April challenge)? I love the biking challenge, but if we added walking, perhaps others who don't bike would join and reduce their driving. We could calculate the miles walked separately from the miles biked, or we could just start another challenge...

I'm adding my run-commuting miles to the spreadsheet - figured it didn't matter considering it's still not using an auto!

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« Reply #18 on: April 06, 2013, 09:32:09 AM »
Finally went for it and started biking to work as did my wife.  That's $225 per month in savings by not having a monthly MTA card.  That's almost $39k compounded over ten years.  Boo yah.  We each have about a seven or eight mile ride each way in NYC traffic, so thank goodness for bike lanes!

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« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2013, 08:22:19 AM »
Finally went for it and started biking to work as did my wife.  That's $225 per month in savings by not having a monthly MTA card.  That's almost $39k compounded over ten years.  Boo yah.  We each have about a seven or eight mile ride each way in NYC traffic, so thank goodness for bike lanes!

whew! congratulations and good luck!

today was my third ride in, and i don't feel like i'm going to die anymore! absolutely beautiful morning riding alongside the river. all the daffodils are in bloom!

last week i rode home on the river trail late at night, and i was surrounded by bunnies! i had no idea there were so many of them living by the river in the middle of pittsburgh. the things you see on a bike!

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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2013, 11:08:21 AM »
Having recently returned to biking after a decade off, the battle between complainy pants and badassity continue: 

...but my front tire is flat I have one spare tube, I can fix the flat and should be okay. ... but it looks like rain I'll need to bring my raincoat. ... but I'm running late no meetings this morning, semi-flexible work schedule.  Just get on the bike and go already. ...this gusting wind is off the chart downshift when you need to, haul ass when the wind dies down. ... this is the heaviest rain I've ever seen in Vegas and I'm lucky to be out here enjoying it. ... um my rear tire is flat and I used my only spare tube fixing the front goatheads are clearly a major problem in this town, I'll need to figure something out... later. 

Walked into work soaking wet and all smiles.  Then I discovered my change of work cloths stayed dry.  Good times, Good times.
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« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2013, 11:10:51 AM »
hahaha my internal monologue sounds just like that! glad the badass side won out today. :)

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« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2013, 06:52:08 AM »
Having recently returned to biking after a decade off, the battle between complainy pants and badassity continue: 

...but my front tire is flat I have one spare tube, I can fix the flat and should be okay. ... but it looks like rain I'll need to bring my raincoat. ... but I'm running late no meetings this morning, semi-flexible work schedule.  Just get on the bike and go already. ...this gusting wind is off the chart downshift when you need to, haul ass when the wind dies down. ... this is the heaviest rain I've ever seen in Vegas and I'm lucky to be out here enjoying it. ... um my rear tire is flat and I used my only spare tube fixing the front goatheads are clearly a major problem in this town, I'll need to figure something out... later. 

Walked into work soaking wet and all smiles.  Then I discovered my change of work cloths stayed dry.  Good times, Good times.

- Kevlar lined tires
- Mr. Tuffy's tire liners
- Self sealing slime bike tires

That should drastically reduce your flats . . .

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« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2013, 07:07:41 AM »
- Kevlar lined tires

I've heard good things about some specific brands of those.  I'm going to be switching since averaging a flat tire every 60 miles or so has been a serious drag on my cycling the last couple of Summers.

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« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2013, 08:16:47 AM »
aaaahhhh so much fun biking! had to blog about it here, complete with MMM shout-out.

really, MMM was the one who got me over my wussiness / complainypantsing about riding a bike in pittsburgh. but the hills are so big! and the drivers are so mean! and the roads are so bad!

yes, all those things are true but WHO CARES. that's why we have brains and muscles, so we can deal. can i get an amen!! :)

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« Reply #25 on: April 09, 2013, 10:59:28 AM »
Having recently returned to biking after a decade off, the battle between complainy pants and badassity continue: 

...but my front tire is flat I have one spare tube, I can fix the flat and should be okay. ... but it looks like rain I'll need to bring my raincoat. ... but I'm running late no meetings this morning, semi-flexible work schedule.  Just get on the bike and go already. ...this gusting wind is off the chart downshift when you need to, haul ass when the wind dies down. ... this is the heaviest rain I've ever seen in Vegas and I'm lucky to be out here enjoying it. ... um my rear tire is flat and I used my only spare tube fixing the front goatheads are clearly a major problem in this town, I'll need to figure something out... later. 

Walked into work soaking wet and all smiles.  Then I discovered my change of work cloths stayed dry.  Good times, Good times.

- Kevlar lined tires
- Mr. Tuffy's tire liners
- Self sealing slime bike tires

That should drastically reduce your flats . . .

Schwalbe Big Apple tires. They cost more, yes, about $50 per tire, but in the 3,500 miles I've put on my set so far since last September, I've had zero flats, and ride over glass shards and who knows what else every day on city roads. At the rate they're wearing, I wouldn't be surprised to get 7000 miles from the rear, more from the front, which actually makes them not expensive at all given the lifespan. Schwalbe makes a few different tapes of anti-puncture layers for their tires, you can get even higher levels in their Marathon tires.

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« Reply #26 on: April 09, 2013, 06:05:55 PM »
Should have joined in months ago... and was inspired by this thread- don't know why it took me so long to commit.  I had not ridden a bike since I was 12.  After discovering this website back in September, sold my Miata and my truck (down to just one car.)  I bought a used $60 Schwinn Traveler in October, and since then have biked to work 90+ percent of the time. Guestimating 600-1000 miles already.  Originally work was very close... under a mile, but has since moved (several months ago) to be 5 miles.  Piece of cake, and love flying by the cars stuck in traffic.   Should have been logging with you all all along- but glad to join in now.  Car is almost exclusively for out of town travel, weekend stuff with the wife. Love it... don't know how I missed this before.


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« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2013, 12:14:51 AM »

- Kevlar lined tires
- Mr. Tuffy's tire liners
- Self sealing slime bike tires

That should drastically reduce your flats . . .

Two out of three ain't bad. Ended up going with:

Not saying those are the best, but those were what I could get my hands on last night so I could post more miles today and not lose the momentum I have going with this new "riding bike" thing.

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« Reply #28 on: April 10, 2013, 12:52:52 PM »

- Kevlar lined tires
- Mr. Tuffy's tire liners
- Self sealing slime bike tires

That should drastically reduce your flats . . .

Two out of three ain't bad. Ended up going with:

Not saying those are the best, but those were what I could get my hands on last night so I could post more miles today and not lose the momentum I have going with this new "riding bike" thing.

Just remember to keep the tires topped up every couple days and flats should be pretty rare with that many layers of puncture protection!

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« Reply #29 on: April 12, 2013, 09:26:03 PM »
I've been using some Vittoria Randonneur tires on my commuter; they are reasonably priced, available in several widths, and I've had only one flat since putting them on last year.  I really like the reflective stripe on the side of them for night use also.

On the racier bikes, I tend to buy tires in bulk from places like Ribble or Pro Bike Kit in the UK; I use Michelin Lithion tires that I can usually find for $12 or so per tire.  They go ~2k miles on the back and perhaps double that on the front, usually with few flats.  At that price, you can change 'em out when they start to square off and not feel too bad about it.


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« Reply #30 on: April 14, 2013, 10:42:59 AM »
I started late this month, but I bought a bike last Saturday and have been commuting to work and it's great!  My trip to work is 2.4 miles, so with my usual side trips I've been biking at least 5-6 miles a day.  I still need a pannier bag to avoid getting in with a giant sweaty spot on my back, so I think I'll check out some options today.

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« Reply #31 on: April 15, 2013, 02:34:04 AM »
Do we record leisure miles here also, or just miles done where we have cycled instead of utilising a car?

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« Reply #32 on: April 15, 2013, 05:12:13 PM »
Could my name be added to the list, please, for next month if it is ongoing?

Sweet challenge! Actually, part of what made me want to join this forum is to motivate me with the biking. Right now my biking doesn't need motivation. I don't own a vehicle and don't plan to. Where I live is about 12 minutes uphill/flat from where I generally bike to, and then super fast downhill back. Pretty freakin' sweet. Often I walk, just because I usually prefer walking for 30 minutes to biking for so short a time.

However, I'm moving for June 1st and my new place will be a significantly longer ride into "town." (But probably half as much to pay in rent, and I work from home a lot of the time.) I'm thinking it will be about an hour, one way, prior to my getting into better shape, and then maybe 45 or 50 minutes after I'm in better shape. Lots of uphill/downhill both ways. Totally still freakin' sweet for the Summer, and then I'll be in shape and used to it, but will need to deal with Complainypants potentially coming out come Autumn.

Glad to have a crew to hash it all out with! And glad to get recommendations on anti-flat-getting tires.

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« Reply #33 on: April 15, 2013, 06:19:55 PM »
Do we record leisure miles here also, or just miles done where we have cycled instead of utilising a car?

Hi martynthewolf!

I record everything even if it's leisure.  After all if you did it on a bike you didn't do it in a car!

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« Reply #34 on: April 16, 2013, 04:16:25 PM »
Could my name be added to the list, please, for next month if it is ongoing?

Sweet challenge! Actually, part of what made me want to join this forum is to motivate me with the biking. Right now my biking doesn't need motivation. I don't own a vehicle and don't plan to. Where I live is about 12 minutes uphill/flat from where I generally bike to, and then super fast downhill back. Pretty freakin' sweet. Often I walk, just because I usually prefer walking for 30 minutes to biking for so short a time.

However, I'm moving for June 1st and my new place will be a significantly longer ride into "town." (But probably half as much to pay in rent, and I work from home a lot of the time.) I'm thinking it will be about an hour, one way, prior to my getting into better shape, and then maybe 45 or 50 minutes after I'm in better shape. Lots of uphill/downhill both ways. Totally still freakin' sweet for the Summer, and then I'll be in shape and used to it, but will need to deal with Complainypants potentially coming out come Autumn.

Glad to have a crew to hash it all out with! And glad to get recommendations on anti-flat-getting tires.

Added you! Welcome to the club! Your commute sounds like mine.

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« Reply #35 on: April 17, 2013, 10:49:45 AM »
Just wanted to say the San Diegans have put down 660 miles so far this month :-)

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« Reply #36 on: April 17, 2013, 01:17:36 PM »
Just wanted to say the San Diegans have put down 660 miles so far this month :-)

Maybe we should have a city vs city challenge next month? Sounds like San Diego is throwing down the gauntlet. I know there's a bunch of Seattleites on here too...

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« Reply #37 on: April 21, 2013, 08:19:09 AM »
Seems that my page was deleted even though I posted a few miles already this month. Unless I am mistaken?

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« Reply #38 on: April 21, 2013, 11:37:44 PM »
Seems that my page was deleted even though I posted a few miles already this month. Unless I am mistaken?

My apologies if I deleted your miles. I try to do some housekeeping mid month. My intention is to only remove entries where there has been no activity in either the thread or the spreadsheet. Sorry!

Edit: I added you back.

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« Reply #39 on: April 22, 2013, 10:49:28 AM »
Seems that my page was deleted even though I posted a few miles already this month. Unless I am mistaken?

My apologies if I deleted your miles. I try to do some housekeeping mid month. My intention is to only remove entries where there has been no activity in either the thread or the spreadsheet. Sorry!

Edit: I added you back.
No worries. I had a poor showing early in the month. Being deleted is a good face punch. Thanks for adding me back!

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« Reply #40 on: April 23, 2013, 08:33:23 AM »
Just wanted to say the San Diegans have put down 660 miles so far this month :-)

Maybe we should have a city vs city challenge next month? Sounds like San Diego is throwing down the gauntlet. I know there's a bunch of Seattleites on here too...

Somehow I suspect I'm the only North Charlestonite (SC) biking since I typically see 1 biker per day on my hour and 45 minutes of riding.  There are some in downtown Charleston (not sure about on this forum though).

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Re: Anti-Automobile April Biking Challenge!!
« Reply #41 on: April 23, 2013, 08:45:39 AM »
Just wanted to say the San Diegans have put down 660 miles so far this month :-)

Maybe we should have a city vs city challenge next month? Sounds like San Diego is throwing down the gauntlet. I know there's a bunch of Seattleites on here too...

Somehow I suspect I'm the only North Charlestonite (SC) biking since I typically see 1 biker per day on my hour and 45 minutes of riding.  There are some in downtown Charleston (not sure about on this forum though).

i'm shocked by how few people i see on the trails in the morning, especially when it's gorgeous and sunny and 55 degrees like today.

shocked, but not upset. i kinda like having them to myself, then i feel like less of a weirdo when i start singing :)

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« Reply #42 on: April 23, 2013, 09:54:11 AM »
Just wanted to say the San Diegans have put down 660 miles so far this month :-)

Maybe we should have a city vs city challenge next month? Sounds like San Diego is throwing down the gauntlet. I know there's a bunch of Seattleites on here too...

Somehow I suspect I'm the only North Charlestonite (SC) biking since I typically see 1 biker per day on my hour and 45 minutes of riding.  There are some in downtown Charleston (not sure about on this forum though).

I like the idea of a city v. city challenge - and we could rig up a couple different categories to broaden the appeal.
Team categories:
Overall Mileage:  Sum of all mileage for all participants in the city - this would favor large teams.
Mileage per Person: (Sum of all mileage for all participants in the city) / number of participants - this would tend to favor smaller groups or loners.

Individual categories:
Bike to Drive Ratio: (Individual miles biked / individual miles driven) - should appeal to everyone - except engineers who will be tormented by the possible divide-by-zero.

P.S: been pulling thorns out of my tires every day but tubes still going strong.  Thanks for the advice everyone.  :)

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Re: Anti-Automobile April Biking Challenge!!
« Reply #43 on: April 23, 2013, 10:15:18 AM »
I reached the point where bike commuting is a habit, so while I've been biking I haven't been contributing to the spreadsheet.  Sounds like everyone has been having a great month!

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Re: Anti-Automobile April Biking Challenge!!
« Reply #44 on: April 23, 2013, 10:34:40 AM »
I haven't been contributing to the spreadsheet, but I did have a little tracker on my fridge.

I deserve a big facepunch for this, but my lifestyle has not been designed in a way that can integrate bicycle commuting or substitute bike rides for car trips. It's terrible, but I'm also moving in four weeks and at that point we will be doing away with the car! I figure that's the best way to make the change cold turkey.

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Re: Anti-Automobile April Biking Challenge!!
« Reply #45 on: April 23, 2013, 11:41:44 AM »
rode to work today, then at lunch i went out on a scouting expedition to explore the area between the apartment i'm moving to august 1st, and my job. i found a great back route i can take that keeps me out of a major intersection that had been worrying me. i have to go through a business's parking lot and shimmy through a gap between a couple of concrete barriers, but that kind of adds to the fun.

by the time i bike home tonight, i should have hit 20 miles on my bike today -- a new personal record!

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Re: Anti-Automobile April Biking Challenge!!
« Reply #46 on: April 23, 2013, 11:45:34 AM »
I like the idea of a city v. city challenge - and we could rig up a couple different categories to broaden the appeal.
Team categories:
Overall Mileage:  Sum of all mileage for all participants in the city - this would favor large teams.
Mileage per Person: (Sum of all mileage for all participants in the city) / number of participants - this would tend to favor smaller groups or loners.

Individual categories:
Bike to Drive Ratio: (Individual miles biked / individual miles driven) - should appeal to everyone - except engineers who will be tormented by the possible divide-by-zero.

Great ideas! I'll try to remember to include them in the May spreadsheet, but if I forget please remind me!

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Re: Anti-Automobile April Biking Challenge!!
« Reply #47 on: April 23, 2013, 02:38:03 PM »
Could us foreigners (smaller European countries for example) enter as a country instead of as a city?

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Re: Anti-Automobile April Biking Challenge!!
« Reply #48 on: April 23, 2013, 03:01:34 PM »
Maybe teams like this:

Europe
United States
China/Japan/Brazil/Russia/India/Canada/Australia/Mexico/South Korea
Rest of the World

* Categories roughly created by GDP http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_between_U.S._states_and_countries_by_GDP_(nominal)

I like the idea of a city v. city challenge - and we could rig up a couple different categories to broaden the appeal.
Team categories:
Overall Mileage:  Sum of all mileage for all participants in the city - this would favor large teams.
Mileage per Person: (Sum of all mileage for all participants in the city) / number of participants - this would tend to favor smaller groups or loners.

Individual categories:
Bike to Drive Ratio: (Individual miles biked / individual miles driven) - should appeal to everyone - except engineers who will be tormented by the possible divide-by-zero.

Great ideas! I'll try to remember to include them in the May spreadsheet, but if I forget please remind me!

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Re: Anti-Automobile April Biking Challenge!!
« Reply #49 on: April 24, 2013, 01:23:52 PM »
I could just have a blank field for "team" and people can put in whatever they want (City, State, Country, Continent/Group-of-countries).