More and more people are considering the benefits of biking to work. Whether for their health, to save a little money on gas, for the environment, or for a combination of all of these reasons, biking to work is growing increasingly popular. If you have thought about the possibility of biking for your commute, one of your concerns may simply be the logistics of it. After all, if you bike to work in the morning and your kids’ school calls for you to pick up your sick child, what would you do? Or what if you set up a meeting across town after you’ve biked in to work? These are just a few of the “what if” scenarios that may be keeping you from hopping on your bike for tomorrow’s commute. Here are some great tips that will help you enjoy the benefits of biking to work:
Keep Your Car at Work. Many people would love to ride their bike to work, but don’t want to feel tied down to the office all day. Perhaps they want to grab a bite to eat at lunch out of the office, or maybe they have a doctor appointment they need to run to. There are so many reasons that you may need to hop in your car at some point during the work day, and when you bike to work, this isn’t always possible. However, if you drive your car in to work on Monday morning,and then bike back and forth to and from work until Friday afternoon, you can enjoy the flexibility of having your car at the office during the day in the event you need it. On Friday afternoon, simply drive back home so you can have access to your car over the weekend.
Plan Your Bike Trips For the Weather. Some avid biking commuters will bike to work in any weather. Other people, however, would rather have the comfort of driving to work in their car in the event that it is rainy, or otherwise excessively cold or hot. At the beginning of each week, check the week’s weather forecast, and plan which days you feasibly can bike to and from work. There is some logistics involved with this, as you don’t want to ride to work one night and leave your car at the office only to need access to car in the morning because of a torrential downpour. If you have a spouse or someone else nearby who can help with the commute if necessary, it is comforting to know there is a back-up option since weather can sometimes be unpredictable.
Showering. When you ride your bike in to work, even if the ride is just a few miles, you likely will want to shower once you get to work. Many larger companies have a gym on-site that features shower facilities. If your company doesn’t offer this, perhaps there is a gym with shower facilities near your office. Consider the cost of purchasing a gym membership against the amount of money you will be saving in gas for your commute, and you will likely find that the gym membership is a good deal. You can store your grooming essentials in a locker at the gym or in your company’s locker room so you don’t have to transport your grooming products back and forth to work.
These tips will help you get some of the tricky logistics involved with biking to work out of the way so you can start enjoying the many benefits of biking for your commute!