Do you remember first learning to ride a bike when you were a kid, and that exhilarating sense of freedom as your mobility suddenly expanded? Getting places was FUN when you had a bike to get you there.
There’s no reason to give that sense of freedom up now that you’re a grownup; getting on a bike can still be fun, even if you’re riding it to work. Unfortunately, many would-be bike commuters feel hampered by “should-do” lists, like getting the right bike or the right gear.
That’s why we like this article by March Mitcham about how there’s no right or wrong way to be a cyclist.
Think about all the reasons you want to bike. You might be excited about the exercise, feeling the wind in your hair, or exploring new places. Maybe you love flying by traffic, or feeling a sense of community with fellow cyclists.
These are the reasons to remember when you are thinking about the reality: with this freedom comes the responsibility to pedal safely! That doesn’t mean you have to buy expensive gear, but there are some basic “peda-quette” guidelines to remember. Here are the most important two: obey traffic laws (including the hands-free ordinance) and be predictable. If these concepts are new to you, you can read more on our site.
St. David’s Episcopal Church is also offering a free trial period for new bike commuters, to make it even easier to store your bike and access showers once you’re downtown. Check it out here!