What is to give light must endure burning. –Viktor Frankl
I just took the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s pledge to help create healthier communities and a healthier planet. You can take it too. They ask everyone to help by using active transportation modes (walking, biking, skateboarding, be creative?!) when we can to save carbon and get fit. Here’s the pledge link: www.railstotrails.org/pledge
I worked for RTC on a trail survey in Albuquerque. They are a fine organization taking a forward-thinking approach by repurposing abandoned railways as multi-use pathways. I also have great memories of an excursion on one of RTC’s projects near Reno, where I used to live. It is called the Biz Johnson Trail. It was a great adventure, but back before digital cameras!
Short ride, or long ride, work trip, or recreation trip, or a blended experience, remember, every little bit counts! Here’s what I wrote on my RTC pledge statement. They ask you to write a few words about how you will help burn calories and save carbon–
“I ride as much as possible, and share my rides on Strava. Strava helps make my cycling more visible, and the data collected can be used by community planners. Strava also helps me get inspired by seeing the activities of others. My wife and I share one car, and when we are not cycling, we take transit. Good transit systems are essential to supporting public transportation goals. I also blog about my cycling activities at bikeyogi.com and work as a community organizer, educator, and transportation analyst at Southwest Bike Initiative, a 501(c)(3) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. swbikeinitiative.wordpress.com/