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Your Guide to Biking to Work

Only 1% of Americans between the ages of 16 - 24 ride their bikes to work. 

Why are so few Americans biking to work? Here's a few reasons: 

 

  • Safety Precautions 

    • Some riders may fear getting mugged while biking through certain areas or at night. The reality is sometimes you just don't have the option of a safe bike route. 

  • In-route Challenges 

    • Going from bike to bus can pose as a challenge. Buses may only have space for a couple of bikes. Therefore, bikers forgo commuting to work this way.  

  • Distance to Work

    • Biking to work is a challenge for the majority of Americans because the distance from their home to work is an unrealistic biking distance. We can't help you on this one! 

Why bike to work? 

Here's some tidbits on why you should consider biking to work:  

1. It's great for the environment and doesn't emit any fossil fuels.  

2. Creates less air pollution and cuts down on traffic. 

3. Saves you money on gas. 

4. It's good for you and improves mood/effectiveness in the work place.  

There's a few innate obstacles that come to mind when biking to work. Here's a guide on how to overcome these challenges, allowing you to get out and ride whenever you please.   

 

  • Cooling Down

    • If your dress code is business casual, you can probably get away with biking in your work clothes. If it's a hot day or you're required to wear business attire, we suggest changing when you get to work. Give yourself a few extra minutes to cool down before you change.  

  • Helmet Head

    • Guys and girls can benefit from dry shampoo. It soaks up excess oil and overall freshens up hair. Additionally, stash a towel, deodorant, and anything else you may need to freshen up once you arrive at the office. 

  • Safety 

    • Take a class on bike safety with a bike group, they can suggest the best bike routes for you. They also offer great information on bike culture. Ensure you always have the proper safety gear and lights to make you as visible to traffic as possible.  

  • Time 

    • If you live in a densely populated metropolitan area, biking to work might get you there faster. If not, you have to be committed to setting more time aside in the morning to get to work. Getting to work fully energized will be worth it in the long run.  

 

What bikers are doing before and after a ride: 

 

Before: Apply moisturizer on your face. Apply sunscreen to exposed skin.

After: Towel off once you get to the office. User a toner to freshen up. Re-apply moisturizer to your face.  

 

Biking to work may not be ideal in every situation, but if you can make it to work by bike, the pros out weigh the cons.  

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