A man here plans to use his goal of “10,000 miles in 2010” to help raise funds for the local library. Everett Peavey, 41, will attempt to log 10,000 miles on his 2006 Diamondback Response mountain bike this year, and will donate every cent-per-mile pledged to the Ivan O. Davis Library.

Barbara Worcester, director, said the library plans to put the money toward new circulation software, books and children’s programs.

“We think what he’s doing is pretty amazing,” said Worcester. “You don’t get a lot of people who give from the heart and soul the way he does.”

Peavey has been on a mission since 2008 to go 1,000 days without owning a car, and he logs many of his bike miles on century rides as well as on everyday tasks like getting to work and running errands.

He said he saw how much use the library got and wanted to put his biking endeavors to good use.

“I know they could use a push of funds beyond what they ask the town for each year,” said Peavey.

Peavey, who logged more than 6,000 miles on his bike last year, wanted to set a big goal for 2010. Being “a numbers man,” he liked the sound of 10,000 in 2010.

He knew it would be tough — 10,000 miles is the total amount he logged in 2006, 2007, and 2008 combined — but he wanted a goal that would push him, not one that was easily attainable.

“The day I do not have a challenge in front of me is the day I am watching the clock and waiting to die,” he said. Peavey knew if he was going to commit to this he would need something to keep him motivated, especially in the fall months.

“That’s when you begin to experience mental fatigue,” he said. “You put in all those months of a thousand miles and you begin to wonder what the point of all of it is.”

He had been involved in town meetings last year where community involvement and volunteerism were discussed, and said he had those discussions in the back of his mind when he decided to use a fundraiser to give him the extra push to reach his goal. The library immediately came to mind.

Peavey has been ahead of his monthly mileage targets. By the end of March, he had logged 660.3 miles for the month, which put him at more than 2,000 miles for the year. But the real test is yet to come, he said. This month he aims to cover 800 miles. From May through September, he has his sights set on 1,000-plus miles each month. This is when town support will be most crucial.

So far, residents have been supportive. One couple pledged to double their donation if Peavey hit the 11,000-mile mark. A woman paid her donation up front, telling Peavey she had no doubt he would hit his target.

“If I do miss it, she told me I have to personally pay her back the amount I missed by,” he said.

Worcester said an official tally will not be made until Peavey completes his mileage for the year. Both Peavey and Worcester expect the number of pledges to increase when activity picks up in town in the summer and the population grows with the arrival of seasonal residents.

Pledges will be taken until Dec. 31. Pledge slips are available at the library or through Peavey’s Web site, evpv.net, where an in-depth donation grid is provided. Pledged funds are due to the library by March 1, 2011.

For more information, contact the library at 589-3161, or visit Everett Peavey’s Web site.