May is also National Bike Month. In an attempt to get people moving more this month many businesses are issuing challenges to their employees. There are biggest loser contest and pay per pound incentives. Then there is the bike to work challenge. Employees are being asked to bike to work at least two days a week. This is not only great exercise but it also saves you money on gas. Before you hit the road there are a few thing you should know.
- Maintain control of your bike at all times. Adjust your seat and make sure you can comfortably reach the pedals and hand gears before you leave home.
- Wear your helmet. The truth is that helmets save lives so wear your helmet correctly at all time.
- Always use your hand signals so drivers and pedestrians know what you’re about to do.
- Always ride with the traffic. I know it can be nerve wrecking not to be able to see the cars behind you but as long as you stay visible and use your hand signals you should be fine. You have the right away and it’s the driver’s responsibility to look out for you not the other way around.
Most big streets have bike lanes on the far right side of the street near the curb. If the street doesn’t have a bike lane then ride as close to the right as possible and beware of parked cars.
The Little Things You Can Do Today
- Maintenance your bike to make sure all the bolts are tight, the tires are properly inflated and that all the gears and brakes work.
- Be fitted for a helmet and make sure you know the proper way to wear it.
- Refresh yourself on the rules of the road for cyclist.
- Drive the route you plane to bike and make sure there are no hazards.
Until Next Time,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin
- National Bike Month (nickisnook.net)
- 5 tips for bike commuting (grindtv.com)
- The Debate About Bike Infrastructure Has Been Settled (streetsblog.net)