Monday, June 3, 2013

#makesmesmilemondays Biking the Lakefront with my Son and Bike to Work Week 2013 Chicago

Yesterday, my 12-year-old son and I unloaded our bikes by the Theater on the Lake - near Fullerton and Lake Shore Drive and set off to bike the lakefront. It was a bit chilly and misty, but Lake Michigan, as always, was beautiful, with rolling and turbulent waves. We pedaled along for 11 miles, to Promontory Point, near 55th Street, one of the loveliest parks on the lake.

My son loves a long bike ride. He also begs me, at least every other day, to let him ride his bike to school. I believe in letting kids live a free range childhood, but I know I'd spend my entire morning and afternoon worrying if I said yes - the ride from our Logan Square to his Lincoln Park school can be treacherous. "High school." I remind him, "You can ride your bike to high school."

My son is always up for a long bike ride! Here he is last summer, when we hit the
Fox River Trail.
Now that summer is just around the corner, I've been back on my bike, commuting once again to work. I log in about 8 miles every day I ride my bike to work. I've said it 1,000 times: I love riding my bike to work. It energizes me, keeps me fit, saves gas, and I feel more relaxed at the end of the day (despite having burned more calories than I would had I drove my car into work). Biking to work really is a win-win situation for me. 

If you've thought about biking to work, too, next week is the perfect week to get off on the right pedal!June 8-14 is Bike to Work week, and at DriveLessLiveMore.com, you can create your own bike commuting challenges, or see if your employer already has a team in place. Every time you log in a commute, you have a chance to win prizes, too. I like keeping a log of the miles I've pedaled, and it's interesting, too, to see how much gas I've saved. Check it out!


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