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Bike to Work

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Commuting sucks. "Mega commuters" endure 90 minutes each way to punch the clock. More Americans fall into that category than there are residents of Copenhagen. Why point to that Danish city? It's got the busiest biking street in the Western world—the result of years of public pressure and infrastructure investment that reshaped commuting habits. The arguments for bike commuting are familiar: healthier for you and the environment; saves you tons of cash; often faster than driving or taking public transit. Here's another: it's an opportunity to see your city or town without looking through a pane of shatter-proof glass. Another: it's a lot of fun. In many places it can seem too dangerous to bike to work—no bike lanes and a gauntlet of taxi doors and four-wheeled aggression. A suggestion to mitigate those concerns: find at least one bike buddy. There's strength (and safety) in numbers. So go ahead and try it. This week, saddle up and ride a bike to work. It might become a habit.



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Stories (6)

  • Baxter Farabaugh

    Biking to work for my first time today was a really nice experience! Riding along the streets and side walks in the open air, chatting with pedestrians and other bikers gave me the greater sense of connectedness to the city. So enjoyable (not to mention the health & environmental benefits), I plan on biking the rest of the week to find out what it is all about!

  • sonorangreenman

    I have been biking everywhere since 2006 every day I can. i highly recommend it!
    Tucson is great! too many thing to list! Bike boulevards, the loop (
    great folks , great music, low cost of living! (, modern streetcar
    in 2014, amazing! I have no words to describe, Mountain biking Valhalla! Craft brewers are filling up the downtown.
    Bruce Hermes

  • kmeyerTX

    Even just commuting 1 day a week helps. I'm now shooting for 2 days a week. Each week I look at my schedule & the weather to determine the days I ride. Its challenging, but very rewarding, too. I'm 5 years post stroke & will soon be hitting 50 one way commutes soon.

  • Patricia

    I just began working for our local hospital in a very sedentary job. My commute is abut 5 miles with US1 and non bike friendly road part of the obstacle. I managed to carve out a route that takes me through parking lots and back roads. I try to bike twice a week. I live in Florida and the heat may be an issue as the summer approaches.
    For now, the ride is wonderful. I also live in a rural setting. My bike takes me through school zones and I feel so much more connected to the people I passed in my car.

  • Steve Boynton

    I think we need more rural bike commuters! I live in a small city, Spanish Fork Utah, (35,000 population) and commute 10 miles to work during the summer months. I ride by horse, cow, sheep pastures, and corn fields at the foot of the Wasatch mountains and only see one or two other people on a bike. You just can't have the same multi-sensory experience stuck in a car.

  • Mary Slosson

    Bike buddies are awesome! When I first started bike commuting in my home state of Virginia, a friend of mine who was an avid cyclist took me under his wing and taught me the bike commuting ropes. He'd bike to my house in the morning, help me figure out the best routes to our shared workplace, and then bike home with me in the evening to make sure I felt comfortable biking alongside so many cars before continuing on his merry way. It gave me a huge confidence boost and I started bike commuting all the time. Honestly, though, bike commuting in Los Angeles is a much more daunting endeavor...