FITNESS FIRST: BIKE TO WORK
If you’re looking for a way to save money and improve your physical fitness, consider riding your bicycle to work. It is efficient, economical, ecological and healthy.
Commute by Bike
It is estimated that over half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace. At an average speed of 10-12 mph, you could be to work in 30 minutes and burn about 200 calories. Even better, the more you ride, the faster you get—which burns even more calories and reduces your commute time.
Other benefits include:
It reduces pollution and congestion on the roadways. Automobiles are the largest source of air pollution in the United States.
It saves money on gas, parking and car maintenance.
It improves physical fitness.
To ensure safety on your way to work, follow these suggestions:
Access community maps that designate bike routes, lanes and trails.
Practice your route on the weekend to find the best paths and streets for your commute.
Learn the laws regarding bicycling in your community. Laws that apply to motor vehicle drivers apply to bikers too.
Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns.
Always wear a helmet.
Wear bright clothing to increase visibility. You can always change once you get to work.
Use the up and down scan method to watch for the hazards in front of you and on the ground. First look at the ground approximately 20 to 30 feet in front of you. Then, look up at the traffic in front of you and to your sides. Then, look back down at the ground.
To learn more about bicycle commuting, contact:
League of American Bicyclists, www.bikeleague.org
U.S. Department of Transportation, www.transportation.gov/bicycles-pedestrians
U.S Department of Transportation - Federal Highway Association, www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/bicycle_pedestrian/commute/
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, www.nhtsa.gov/Bicycles