I’m inspired to write about cycling to work by just experiencing some of the worst riding weather mother nature has served up this winter. My socks have barely dried out and my toes are yet to thaw, but I still have it in me to plant a bike riding seed.
I re-committed to regularly riding about six months ago. A twice-daily 20 minute ride has since been great for me because:
- it’s faster than commuting by public transport;
- it’s more reliable than commuting by public transport;
- it’s cheaper than public transport;
- it’s good for the environment; and
- it makes me feel good.
Yes, there have been mornings on which I’ve found it difficult to motivate myself to push out the garage, but that feeling has never lasted beyond the turn at the bottom of my street. By the time I get to work I always feel clear-headed and ready to go.
I’d tell you to buy proper apparel and safety equipment, but the only two things I really consider essential for the business commuter are a good pair of fenders (for dryness) and a place at the office to keep business attire.
Please think about riding to work. Save the whales!
Photo by Victoria Pickering and made available under creative commons.