Tuesday, December 7, 2021

May is National Bike Month



With all the new bicycle lanes and multi-use paths installed all over the island, what a great way to start commuting to work; and now it is an even better time to start, since May is considered National Bike Month. Officially Bike-to-Work Week 2010 is from May 17-21 and Bike-to-Work Day is on Friday, May 21.

Not only is commuting to work great for the environment, it also has great health benefits, one of which is it will keep you much more awake and aware at work!!!!

As individuals here are a few ideas for overcoming bike commuting excuses or fears:

I’m out of shape

  • Ride at an easy pace; in a few months you will be in a lot better shape.
  • Ride your route on a weekend to find the easiest way to work.
  • You will 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 will become.
  • Trips of less than three miles will be quicker by bike.
  • Trips of five to seven miles in urban areas may take the same time or less as by car.

It’s too far

  • Try riding to work and taking mass transit home or having a friend pick you up, then alternating the next day.
  • Ride to a coworker’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

  • Go to your local bike shop and let them know that you are commuting and have them tune up your bike.
  • Make sure that your bike is reliable and in good working order before you ride.

No showers

  • Most commuters don’t shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry.
  • Ride home at a fast pace if you want a workout; shower when you get there.

I have to dress up

  • Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you drive.
  • Have work clothes cleaned at nearby Laundromats or dry cleaners.
  • Pack clothes with you and change at work

It’s raining

  • Fenders for your bike and raingear for your body will keep you dry.
  • If you are at work, take transit or carpool to get home; ride home the next day.
  • Take transit or drive if you don’t have the gear to ride comfortably in the rain.

The roads aren’t safe

  • Obey traffic signs, ride on the right, signal turns, and stop at lights.
  • Wear bright clothing.
  • You are at no greater risk than driving a car.
  • Wear a helmet every time you ride.

I have to run errands

  • Bolt a rack to the back of your bike or a basket to the front to add carrying capacity.
  • Make sure that you have a lock to secure your bike while you are in a building.
  • Allow extra time to get to scheduled appointments and find parking.

In addition to commuting to work there are a few events you can go to in Naples during May:

  • Saturday, May 15th: Ride downtown Naples to participate in Naples City Fest at Cambier Park from 1pm to 4pm.
  • Wednesday, May 19th: National Ride of Silence. To remember and show respect for people who have been killed or injured while cycling. Meet at Lowdermilk Park at 7pm. This ride will be 11 miles and will take approximately one hour to complete. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. Slow speed and silence of riders is requested as a demonstration of respect.

So get your bikes out and try commuting. You will definitely see some great benefits!!!

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