Bike commuting tips

Bike Commuting’s The Way To Go!

Seems like everywhere you look these days in major cities as well as those second stringers we have fresh paint hitting the pavement and carving out those glorious bike lanes. It makes good sense, because never in my lifetime have I heard more people talking about ‘quality of life’, ‘a balanced life’ and this growing number of folks are interested in an active, fun and ‘outdoorsy’ existence even if they are living or working in a metropolitan area.

When you’re behind the wheel, insulated in your car, in a noise-tight bubble, other cars become nothing more than an obstacle and tempers begins to flair up rather quickly. I’m not saying that it can’t get tense on a bike heading into the office, but when you’re riding along next to others in the open air some kind of miraculous change starts to happen and it really is just a lot less stressful.Sure, any of us that have commuted in the past have had those days where you can start

Sure, any of us that have commuted in the past have had those days where you can start to feel the cars closing in at a certain patch of your ride or have to deal with drivers that may not be sharing the road or paying full attention but this bit of tension is certainly outweighed by getting a little exercise and feeling the wind on our face.

The linked image cannot be displayed.  The file may have been moved, renamed, or deleted. Verify that the link points to the correct file and location. The argument I always here is, what about the weather?It’s true that more than 65% of the folks hopping on their bikes and heading into work are guys and part of this is definitely due to the weather as well as concerns for clothing, sweating and what that hair might look like by the time you punch in or set down at your desk. But just like all good things, the ladies are figuring it out quickly and finding ways of getting on their bikes and enjoying the commute as well.

It’s true that more than 65% of the folks hopping on their bikes and heading into work are guys and part of this is definitely due to the weather as well as concerns for clothing, sweating and what that hair might look like by the time you punch in or set down at your desk. But just like all good things, the ladies are figuring it out quickly and finding ways of getting on their bikes and enjoying the commute as well.

If you haven’t been to the west coast in a bit, you would really be taken back by all of the bikes rolling through Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and San Diego on any given weekday. But you might expect this out west where most of these cities experience cooler weather and patrons are used to donning rain jackets year round to deal with the constant precipitation.

What really blew us away is what’s happening in the town areas in cities like Baltimore, Chicago, Columbus, DC, Austin, and Atlanta. The cities realize that the younger generations are looking for well balanced and environmentally conscious cities to call home and the mayors are putting dollars into making this happen.I live in Atlanta and it is amazing to see just how many new bike lanes,

I live in Atlanta and it is amazing to see just how many new bike lanes, bike trails and bike tours that are now happening throughout the town areas. And it really is like Field of Dreams famous adage ‘build it and they will come’. Every day of the week, patrons are grabbing their bikes and skateboards and commuting in a way that avoids the stress and turmoil of the cars jockeying for lane position, blowing their horns and attempting to run each The linked image cannot be displayed.  The file may have been moved, renamed, or deleted. Verify that the link points to the correct file and location. other off of the road.

I hope that we see this trend continue and I can’t imagine that it would be slowing down anytime definitely soon. As for me and my friends, we’re all starting to hop on the bike to make a trip to a friends house or biking together to grab a bite to eat. It makes the city feel ma definitely, makes it feel like closer nit neighborhoods than when we’re just cruising by in an air-tight, soundproof car.

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