Each U.S. rush-hour auto commuter spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in traffic. *
What Should I Bring?
Cycling to work is an easy and healthy way to commute. A checklist helps make the commute easy, safe, and healthy. The check list below includes everything you need to take with you, and a few tips to help you enjoy your commute.
- Make sure your bike is tuned up.
- Use a high quality bike lock.
- Safety apparel: Helmet, gloves, glasses, bright clothing.
- Cycling apparel: extra layers for warmth, rain gear.
- Lights front and rear, and a bell. Check with your local regulatory authorities to make sure you meet the requirements.
- Clothing for work. Make a list of everything you need. Without this, invariably something will be forgotten. Remember the little things like socks, tie and underwear.
- Toiletries. Make sure you take everything you need to clean up when you get there.
- Books, papers, work items you need for the day.
- Your wallet and keys.
- Plan your route before ride. Try and avoid congested areas. If you must ride in traffic understand the traffic flow and understand the rules of the road. Sidewalks are for pedestrians, not bicycles.
- Park your bike in as safe a place as possible.
- Enjoy the ride and your health.
- It will become routine.
How will I benefit from bicycling?
For starters, you'll tone your calves, thighs, and hips while burning 350 to 700 calories an hour. Cycling boosts your aerobic capacity, too -- new cyclists see up to a 20 percent increase during the first four months. That means your heart will deliver oxygen to muscles more efficiently, taking the effort out of climbing stairs and carrying groceries. You'll also reduce your risk of colon cancer and lower your cholesterol level and blood pressure. And bicycling is one of the few aerobic exercises that's easy to incorporate into a full day. On a bike, you can run errands or commute to work.
* Facts provided by: http://www.1world2wheels.org/get-involved