Pedaling Wellness

Here at Campaign Consultation, Inc., we are big fans of riding our bikes – and not just because Baltimore Bike Party is one of the activities on this Summer’s Baltimore Scavenger Hunt. Biking can provide access to necessary services in an environmentally-friendly way while simultaneously reducing obesity.

Here are some reasons why we bike:

Trevor Best, Art and Interactive Developer at EyeByte Solutions - sister company of Campaign Consultation, Inc.

Trevor Best, Art and Interactive Developer at EyeByte Solutions – sister company of Campaign Consultation, Inc.

“Riding a bike to work obviously has physical health benefits, but for me it’s more about the mental.

Everyone should have a moment in their day when they feel like a kid again.”

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Robyn Stegman, Project Specialist at Campaign Consultation, Inc.

“I’ve never understood why people drive to the gym. Biking is a free workout and free transportation all in one. What more can you ask for? As an added bonus, when you’re on your bike you get to experience your neighborhood in a new way. Often times while commuting I think of the quote by Robert Pirsig: ‘In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through that car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming.’ He was talking about a motorcycle, but it applies to us on pedal powered cycles as well. It’s that connection with my surroundings which makes my commute into a daily joyous occasion, well that and the fact that going down the big hill from my apartment to work with the wind rushing through my hair is like riding a thrilling roller coaster at the start of each day.”

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Danielle Ricks, Social Media Specialist at Campaign Consultation, Inc.

“I’m lucky, I live in a Washington, DC, a very bike friendly town.  But, during the week, I commute to work in Baltimore.  I have a pretty long hike to get to work, especially since I don’t even own a car.  My day looks like this:  I bike 2.5 miles from my house to Union Station in DC, park my bike at the BikeStation, catch the train to Penn Station Baltimore and then walk from the train station to work.  But, the best part of my day is that first leg of my commute.  Instead of pushing and shoving my way through the crowds on the subway, I have the sun on my face and the wind at my back as I zip down the bike lane, zooming through traffic, taking in the sights and getting some exercise to boot.  I love biking! It’s a clean, fun,  environmentally friendly way to stay healthy way and to get to work.”

Join us! This Friday, May 17th is National Bike to Work Day. The Baltimore Metoropolitan Council, Bikemore, and other partners are celebrating through an organized Bike to Work Event, complete with pre-determined sites for breakfast and coffee, biking information, and an organized happy hour and Orioles game after work. You can also read the Bmore Bikes blog to learn more about biking in Baltimore.

We’ll see you in the bike lane!

 

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I have extensive experience coordinating communications and outreach initiatives focused on health and social issues. In my current position as Project Specialist, I provide communications technical assistance to regional and federal efforts within the National Partnership for Action initiative, with support from the Office of Minority Health. I am a former Peace Corps volunteer who worked on health and social affairs projects in the Federated States of Micronesia. Read more.