Why don’t we bike about it?
We pride ourselves on being sustainable here at Northeastern. But are we putting our money where our mouth is…so to speak? I know there are probably a million things I personally could be doing better — I’m a paper fiend, for instance. I recycle as much as I can, but reducing would probably be the better of the three Rs at this point.
As I said in my last post, I did go way out of my comfort zone this week by biking to work for the first time…ever. I am not a biker. I start sweating when people say it’s easy because “it’s just like riding a bike!” But I did it and it turned out not to be the worst thing in the whole world.
Well, my new found lack of cyclephobia* is just in time: the second half of May is Bay State Bike Week. Northeastern has a team in the Mass Commutes Bicycle Challenge, which is tallying all the miles that individuals and local institutions rack up during bike week. I registered my measly 2.5 mile commute, bringing Northeastern’s pledged miles to a whopping 30. Compare that to BU or MIT and you’ll be sorely disappointed, my friends.
So, let’s put Northeastern on the map as a truly sustainable campus, committed to giving this planet a longer lifetime not just through our research initiatives but also through our daily practices.
* This is not to say that I’m a super cycler now or anything…and please, follow the rules of the road and be safe.
Photo: Flowerego, “The last morning in Boston” October 13, 2010 via Flickr. Creative Commons attribution.