Benefits of Bike Commuting to Work
There are many bike commuting benefits, including:
• It is very healthy. Cycling can burn up to 750 calories depending on the length of time you cycle and how much effort you put in it.
• It is good for your finances. No matter where you live in the world, having and using a car is very expensive. There’s the fuel, the tax, the maintenance, the insurance and so on. A bike, however, costs very little. Sure, you may have a flat tire every once in a while and it may need a little bit of maintenance, but that is nothing compared to the cost of a car. Furthermore, because you can generally receive free parking with a bicycle, you will save money on that as well.
• It is good for the environment. Driving a car is very polluting. In fact, motor vehicles are the single biggest cause of pollution to the air, besides perhaps cows. A bicycle is 100% green and causes no damage at all to the environment. More often than not, bicycles are made from recyclable materials, which is more than can be said from cars.
• It is quick and stress free. Did you know that in many cities, you are would actually get to work quicker on a bike than you would with a car? This is because of all the traffic that you get stuck in every day on your way to work. And if you go on a bicycle, you don’t have any of the stress that comes with driving a car and the road rage that you are likely to get.
• Last but not least, with a bicycle, you can park right in front of the door, every time.
Tips for Bike Commuting to Work
Ok, so you’ve read the benefits and are ready to give this a go. Read on for some bike commuting advice that will ensure you get the most out of your new of travelling to work.
The first main issue is around safety. With urban bike commuting, you will be spending a lot of time in traffic and not everybody is commuting yet, so you will be around cars. Some areas do have specific bicycle lanes, but it is likely that you will have to join regular traffic at least sometimes. So, make sure you have the necessary safety equipment, including:
• A bicycle helmet
• A high visibility vest
• A first aid kit
The next bike commuting tips are all around your bike itself. Your bike has to be of good quality and well maintained. It also has to be the right size for you. You have a number of bike commuting options that you may want to discuss with your employer. Very often, employers are subsidized to encourage their staff to become healthier and greener. This means that you could purchase a bike through your employer with some great tax benefits. In other words, you may get a brand new, safe and expensive bike for a very low amount of money.
Last but not least, think about yourself. If you have never really cycled before or been engaged in any form of strenuous exercise, start slowly. Get used to cycling and get fit enough to do it before you actually start to join traffic on your bike. If you are comfortable, you may want to start setting your bike on a higher gear, to give you some more exercise. Just make sure you don’t push yourself beyond your limits and you should be fine.
We also recommend you to read about the cycling weight loss routine.