Yes, this is a call to action, an invitation to get your butt on a bike. May is the month that the Cascade Bicycle Club challenges our region to step up our bicycle commuting, be it once a week or every day.

Just like any habit, bicycling (or walking!) is one that takes cultivation. Over the next few weeks, I challenge all of you to become more of an Undriver, to walk or bike whenever you can, and let your cars (if you have them) get a little dustier. Whether your motivation is escalating costs (hello parking on Capitol Hill!!!), pollution, physical health, or freedom from the almighty car, increasing your bicycle commuting will help.

I myself put my bike down for almost eight years. After a lifetime of bicycle commuting on two wheels, I got pregnant, moved to Madison Valley, and let my once beloved mountain bike lie dormant in our dark and moldy basement, in the shadow of a seemingly insurmountable hill. Now we are a one-car family with 4+ human-powered bikes and 2 electric bikes in our bike locker. Learn more about my bicycling story and how I overcame several obstacles in the May 2011 Blog and Undriver documentary short.

I am here to say that becoming a regular bicycle commuter has been the most impactful choice I have made in the last few years. I get to work quickly. I get exercise on my way to work (so much for the “I don’t have time excuse” I used for years). I get to wear a crazy polka dot helmet. I don’t have to pay for parking. And my yoga practice has become more focused on pranayama and meditation as I no longer use it as my primary source of exercise.

We would love to have you join Team 8 Limbs, 2 Wheels in the Group Health Commute Challenge. To join please email me, the Team Captain, at and I’ll invite you to the team (the only way to join). Or start your own team at work!

Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer
P.S. Don’t forget today is GiveBIG, The Seattle Foundation’s day to stretch your donations to local non-profits like Yoga Behind Bars, Street Yoga, and hundreds more.

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