November 4, 2016
Riding a bicycle to work can save on gas while giving you exercise. By following a few tips, you can make your ride safe and enjoyable.
Wear a helmet. They’re not just for kids. A lightweight helmet won’t interfere with your vision, and it can save you from a concussion if you take a fall.
Dress for the weather. If it’s warm or cold, dress so you won’t arrive at work overheated or frostbitten. If rain is threatening, pack a waterproof jacket. Don’t cover your ears unless it’s so cold that you have to; you want to hear anything that might be a danger. Wear bright or reflective clothing. You’ll want to change clothes anyway when you arrive.
Be predictable, and follow the rules of the road. Drivers are better able to avoid you when you don’t surprise them.
Stay hydrated. The effects of repeated dehydration aren’t immediately obvious, but they can be unpleasant. Pack a water bottle and pause to drink along the way.
Pack a light. You could be delayed coming home, and you want to be safe in the dark. If you don’t use it often, make sure to check its batteries periodically.
Have a sturdy lock. A U-type lock works well; for extra security you can add a cable lock. You want the bike to still be there when you leave.
Pack a repair kit. Flat tires are annoying, but being able to fix them on the spot reduces the pain. Include paper towels; one of the most common spot repairs is re-seating the chain, and it’s better not to arrive at work with greasy hands.
Inquire about commuting incentives. Some employers provide incentives to people who bike to work. Federal tax law allows abicycle subsidy of $20 a month for participating employers. Ask if they offer a secure place for bike parking.
Ride intelligently, and you’ll arrive at work safe, refreshed, and unstressed. If, in spite of this, you’re in a bike accident and need to take legal action, please contact our experienced legal team.