Now that my commute is approximately 18x’s shorter than it was, I’m going to try biking to work. I’ve never been much of a bike rider previously, but I was visiting my friend in New York recently and she bikes 40 minutes to work every day from Brooklyn to Manhattan – and says it’s the best part of her day. Exercise, fresh air, being outdoors before being stuck at a desk for eight hours…worth a try!
Biking with cars on the road kind of scares me, though. To make sure I’m prepared, I recently bought a helmet off Amazon and read up on some biking rules. I also researched bike lanes in my little city, and found that they’re practically nonexistent. Which is strange, considering it’s such an outdoorsy area. (Note to self: become an activist to have more bike lanes created in the city).
Also, did you know that your employer can technically get paid to help accommodate their employees biking to work? $20 per month, per employee. I also found out that the number of bike commuters grew 70% from 2000 to 2009 in the U.S. Pretty neat stuff.
That new helmet off Amazon will be coming in tomorrow, so maybe I’ll attempt my first bike-to-work day on Friday. Wish me luck!
Here are a few more resources on bike safety I read: