We surpassed 400 miles for the month of April already! I'm so impressed! Definately makes up for our lower numbers in March. Can't wait for May is Bike Month
--we just pledged 600 miles each. Don't forget to sign up
and join our Tiny Helmets team.
Today was Earth Day in downtown Sacramento. We rode down to check out the event--it was packed! Our exchange student group (EHP
) had a booth and so did 'Nama with 350 Sacramento
(by the way, residents of Sacramento, if you haven't signed up for the Cool California Challenge
, do that now and enter the word "fooled" to double your points).
I was really glad to see all the kids out there but it always bothers me that many people go there just to see what sort of "freebies" they can get. It makes me wonder what sort of message we are sending to the kids if they think Earth Day means you get candy, pencils, magnets, etc. Even the adults are grabby! One guy (dressed like a swaggering cowboy) was handing out "baseball" cards with his stats as a bail bondsman and his pitch to run for mayor, walked off with one of our little EHP globes that were certainly not for free! Then there was Home Depot giving people plastic bags to carry their potted plants and when they ran out of pots, they plant them in styrofoam cups! Not very eco friendly, if you ask me (sadly, no one ever asks me...).
However, as I was packing up the boys on the Mundo
, we were mobbed by curious folks wondering about our set up. We met some great moms who were also looking to get their little ones on bikes and other riders just checking out our rig. It's always a wonderful feeling to find more people interested in biking. People are a lot more receptive to it than we think. They just need more confidence and maybe a little hand-holding in the beginning. That's what we're here for! I will hold hands (just one at a time, though, as I need to keep one on my handlebars, too). Friendly people truly make up for the occasional rude driver that narrowly passes us and chooses to honk their frustration at being delayed by 30 seconds (Please don't honk, even if it's meant to be friendly. it scares us and usually wakes up the baby).