We are officially into spring. The birds are singing, you might have worn shorts once or twice, and maybe even mowed your lawn. You know what is another great spring activity? Bike riding! If you have thought about biking to work, why not try it this week? From May 28th to June 3rd, 2018, workers, students and school kids will be participating in Bike to Work Week, and so can you.
Joining is easy:
- Register at Bike to Work; click on “Bike to Work” and then on “Register as an individual or as join a team”.
- Go back often to log your commutes between May 28 and June 3, and…. Bike to Work will be drawing prizes at the end, so make sure to log your commutes to be eligible!
It’s quicker than you think:
Riding to work is easy, and in some cases faster than driving. For example, an average person can cycle at 10 to 15 km/hour on a flat road. Therefore, a seven km trip would take about 25 to 30 minutes. Keep in mind that the more you do it, the fitter you’ll get, and the faster you’ll go. Furthermore, you’re hitting two birds with one stone. You are getting to work while getting some aerobic activity.
Bike riding is as safe as riding a car. There’s a lot you can do to put safety on your side. For example, pick bike designated routes, use lights and reflective gear, wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road and use common sense.
Too far? Take the bus or train part way, then bike in.
Can kids do it? Yes of course! In many countries biking to school is the norm, so why not here in BC? Check out this blog to find out how you can set up your kids for safety and success.
How to get going:
Learn about getting started by reading this blog on how to get ready for a bike ride. You can also check out how to best set up your bike for your body size. Look on your city or township’s website to see where designated bike routes are located and plan your route. Allow yourself a little bit of extra time the first few rides. If you really have the jitters, invite a friend and make a practice run on the weekend or a weeknight.
At the end of the day, where there’s a will there’s always a way. I know parents, individuals who work in executive positions and older adults, who all bike to work. If there’s one thing you can do to benefit your health, wallet, the environment while having fun it’s biking to work/school.
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