Riding to work is easy and not to mention fun. With National Ride2Work Day around the corner, there’s no better time to experience it for yourself with help from our simple checklist.
Sick of sitting on a humid, overcrowded, peak-hour train? Or even worse, whiling away the daylight hours sitting bumper to bumper in your stationary car, dreading the idea that you’ll have to do it all again at the end of the day?
We’ve got the solution, and it’s really simple — ride a bike.
You’ll not only get to work quicker, more alert, and healthier than when you left, you’ll save time, money and you may even have a little fun along the way.
The great thing about bike riding is that regardless of your age, fitness levels or ability, anyone can experience the joy of the ride – all you need is a bike, helmet, set of lights and you’re good to go.
And we promise, once you get rolling, you’ll be wondering why it took you so long to start.
To help take the hassle out of overthinking, we’ve pulled together our bike commuting 101 check list for your first ride to work.
Bike commuting check list:
Great – so you’ve decided that you want ride to work for the first time. What now?
- Grab a bike – set it up to your size, pump up the tyres and ensure it’s in good working condition including brakes. Make sure you’ve got lights, a bell and helmet too.
- Plan your route – Investigate the best way to ride and check it out beforehand. You may want to start riding part of the way or even to the station and slowly build up to the full distance. Think about whether you’re comfortable riding on the road or would prefer to stick to paths and how long it will take you. There are plenty of great websites to help you plan the best riding route.
- Get the inside word – chat to regular riders at your workplace and ask for advice on the best riding routes, where to park you bike and where to shower (if you think you’ll need to). Trust us, when you start talking to fellow riders about your first commute, they’ll be so excited that the helpful advice will come thick and fast. You may even find yourself with a new bike buddy and some company on your commute.
- Enjoy the ride – Riding a bike is one of the greatest feelings in the world. Take the time to enjoy the journey and experience the sights, smells and sense of community that comes from being on a bike.
National Ride2Work Day on October 12, is just around the corner, so now’s the perfect time to see for yourself why more and more people are discovering that commuting by bike is the best way to get around.
Reclaim your day and take back the inactive hours wasted – we promise you’ll be happier and healthier for it.
Join Australia’s biggest commuter community by registering for free at ride2work.com.au.