National Bike to Work Day is on May 16th this year. That is right around the corner, so start your planning now!
More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 47 percent.
Here are some suggestions to help you ease into bicycle commuting:
- Always wear your helmet.
- Be sure your bike is in good condition.
- Wear bright clothing or reflective accessories.
- Headlights are required by law for night riding, and taillights are a good addition.
- Try a practice run on a weekend to find a good route and see how long it takes.
- Find a co-worker or friend who bikes and commute with them.
- Try bicycling to the nearest Metro or commuter rail station (MARC, VRE)
- Put your bike on a bus equipped with bike racks.
- Until you can bike the full distance, drive part of the way and bike the rest.