July 16, 2008, I walked into the Trek Bicycles store at 72nd and Dodge and stated that I wanted a bike to use for commuting. They set me up with a Trek 7300 hybrid bike, and shortly afterward, I added a rack for carrying stuff and fenders for all-weather riding.
The next day I rode the bike, and have ridden a bike to work almost every day since then. Rain or shine, snow and ice. I've had to drive to work less than five times, usually to run an errand that required a car. I also rode the bus on a few days.
A lot of what I've learned about bike commuting can be found in my 2008 year in review post.
Below are some extra stats:
- Total miles cycled: 3,673
- Total bike-to-work miles: 2,476
- Total weight lost: 25 pounds
- Parking money saved: $750 (low estimate of $3/day)
- Commuting gas money saved $304 (estimate of $2.75/gal)
- Total bikes owned: 3 (two complete, one "project bike")
I'm here to demonstrate that if I, an ordinary, almost 40 year old dude of average fitness, can ride a bike to work in Omaha, then you can, too. Get out there and ride, and participate in the various online forums and blogs and be a part of Omaha's cycling culture.