Overcome those excuses and BIKE TO WORK!

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June is Bike to Work month, and this Wednesday, June 26th, is the official day to celebrate bicycling for transportation, fun and health! So leave the car at home this week and bike to work! Are you full of excuses and reasons as to why you should drive rather than bike? Here is a list to help you motivate and BIKE TO WORK:

I’m out of shape

  • Ride at an easy pace; in a few months you’ll be in great shape
  • Ride your route on a weekend to find the easiest way to work
  • You’ll improve your fitness level when you become a regular bike commuter

It takes too long

  • The average commuter travels at 10 mph; the more you ride the faster you’ll get
  • Trips of less than three miles will be quicker by bike
  • Trips of five to seven miles may take the same time or less than by car

It’s too far

  • Try riding to work and taking mass transit home, then alternating the next day
  • Combine riding and busing to shorten your commute
  • Ride to a co-worker’s house and carpool to work

No bike parking

  • Look around for a storage area in your building or office
  • Stash your bike in a covered, secure place such as a closet or even your office
  • Formally request that your employer provide bike parking or lock it up outside

My bike is beat up

  • Biking isn’t a beauty contest. Even ugly bikes ride well when given a tune up.
  • If you can’t maintain your bike yourself, there are numerous local shops that can work on it
  • Make sure your bike is reliable and in good working order before you start riding

No showers

  • Most commuters don’t shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry
  • Keep a small supply of toiletries at your worksite to freshen up if you feel the need
  • If you have a work neighbor with showers, ask about the possibility of using them

I have to dress up

  • Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you drive
  • If you have a short commute, ride in your clothes at a relaxed pace
  • Pack clothes with you and change at work; try rolling clothes instead of folding
  • Identify a laundry close to work where you can bring your clothes and pick up for a fresh change

I can’t predict the weather

  • Fenders and rain gear will keep you plenty dry in wet weather
  • If you’re at work, take transit or carpool to get home – you can bicycle home the next day

I have to run errands

  • Bolt a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity
  • Allow yourself a little extra time to get to scheduled appointments and find parking
  • People will be impressed when they learn you do your errands on a bike
  • Schedule your errands for certain days of the week and ride your bike on other days

CELEBRATE BIKE TO WORK DAY TOMORROW! Will you be cycling to work in Aspen in the morning? Stop by Paepcke Park between 7-10am for food, bike safety checks, clinics, activities and great prizes!

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Source: http://www.coloradodot.info/programs/bikeped/special-tips.htmlobtain 

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