Have you envied the people riding past you on their bike as you are stuck in traffic on your way to work?
The New York Times shared with A Beginner’s Guide to Biking to Work.
One of the biggest perks of biking to work is control. When you are sitting in a bus or a car, you don’t have control over traffic or anything going on around you. If you are biking, you have more control over where you can go, and it may be one of the few times in the work day that you have control over what you are doing.
First things first, BE SAFE.
Ditch the sidewalks and take the lane. It is better to make traffic wait behind you than to ride in an unsafe shoulder or put pedestrians on the sidewalk in danger. Connect with other riders and ask them where the safest routes are.
Always use your hand signals, watch for parked cars and ditch the tunes. If you must have music, get a small portable stereo. Head phones will block out too much traffic noise to be a safe.
Gather Your Gear
Find the best bike for you, get a rack, basket or pannier, locks, bell, fenders, helmet, lights, personal identification and flat-changing supplies. All of these are for your safety and can help give you a smoother and more enjoyable ride.
Arrive Calm, Cool, and Collected
You don’t want sweat stains as you walk into your office each day, so don’t rush. You don’t have to bike hard-core every morning. Leave in plenty of time to have a calm ride, so that you don’t become known as “sweaty pits” in the office.
Prep Your Office
Prep your office with the extra change of clothes, snacks, toiletries, etc. This way you want be carrying too much luggage to keep you from enjoying your ride. It can help your ride be overall easier and more enjoyable.
Just because you’ve decided to start biking to work, doesn’t mean you have to do this every single day. So, if you’re not feeling it one day, that’s okay. It is okay to let yourself off the hook sometimes, this is not a lifetime commitment. You can do this for health and enjoyment.
No longer do you have to envy the bikers flying past as you sit in traffic. You can be one.