Friday, September 23, 2011
Ride Your Bike Sunday
After years of discussion we finally have a bike rack at St. Paul's. Hey, anyone involved in a congregation with a democratic decision-making process knows that nothing happens in a hurry!
Not only do we have a bike rack, we have designated Sunday as Ride Your Bike To Church Sunday. The forecast for Sunday is the best of the next few days, so we hope our cyclists will take up the challenge. We are in Creation Time in the church year and riding bicycles on Sunday can be a symbolic statement about reducing carbon emissions, not to mention promoting a healthy activity.
Bowmanville is not a bike friendly community and Clarington region isn't either, despite some wonderful scenery to the north. Ruth and I worked in two or three morning rides a week during the summer and while we loved the view, neither the roads nor the car drivers are sympathetic to cyclists.Why didn't someone think of a modest bike lane along highway 2 to Newcastle when the roadway was resurfaced?
We notice that in Quebec there are bike lanes everywhere, and the cyclists to use them. The same is true in Colorado where we recently spent time. Apparently if you build them, they will come.
Do you think Jesus and the disciples would have taken to bicycles if they had been available? Too challenging in tunics maybe? Do you ride a bicycle? Will you ride to church? What do you think of this initiative?