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Thinking About A Commute Alternative? Trying Riding You Bike To Work!

Spring is right around the corner and after an unusually snowy winter, outdoor activities can be both a welcome source of exercise as well a means to stay healthy. In fact, commuting to and from work, the grocery store, or other places of interest may sometimes be easier with alternative methods of transportation. For many, this means riding a bicycle around town. In fact, many cities (including Atlanta) have seen a dramatic rise in bicycle use in recent years. Other major cities throughout the country, including Chicago and New York, have made serious efforts to encourage daily commuters to use bicycles by offering bike-lanes and rider rights.

Statistics show that half of employed Americans live within five miles of their respective workplaces. An average cyclist can maintain a speed of around 12 mph. With a five-mile commute, this means that an average cyclist can get to work in approximately 30-minutes (assuming reasonable traffic and weather conditions).

In addition to convenience, there are numerous significant health benefits associated with biking to work. In fact, if you pedal to work just twice a week, you can burn up to 3,000 calories a month. This means that you could burn nearly one pound of fat a month by simply biking to work a handful of times.

Biking to work can significantly improve your well-being, and contribute to a healthier lifestyle. But with that said, it is crucial to take reasonable safety precautions before hopping on your bike and heading into the office. Here are some useful tips to focus on the next time you're out pedaling:

  • Use Reflector Lights and Other Safety Equipment – In addition to the reflectors that come standard on both the spokes and frame of your bicycle, consider mounting an electronic light. To many, mounting an electric light on the front or back of a bike can be a minor inconvenience, however, it is something that can save your life. It's especially important to be seen at dusk and dawn and an electronic light will help to facilitate this. Furthermore, rear lights and reflectors are not typically seen when someone is on a bike and often the realization that a malfunction has occurred mid-trip usually only occurs after a cyclist has reached their destination. A check prior to departure is always helpful. It is also always recommended to use other safety equipment such as helmets, elbow and kneepads and etc.
  • Make Sure You Bike Is Properly Maintained! - The first step in getting your bike fixed is to find out what's wrong with it. Take it to a reputable bike shop, explain what you think may be wrong with your ride, and that you would like an assessment and repair estimate from them. Here's a list of some recommended bike shops in the Atlanta area.
  • Pay Attention To Your Surroundings – Even though bikes have becomes increasingly common, many motorists still haven't quite adjusted to "sharing the road." This is why it is not only important to pay attention to your surroundings, but also to be proactive. Watch out for aggressive motorists. Pay attention to road conditions. Perhaps most importantly, know your own limits.

Unfortunately, even the most diligent and thoughtful biker cannot prevent all accidents. Spring is an excellent time to get outside and enjoy riding, but if you or someone you know has had the misfortune of being injured while riding a bike, please don't hesitate to contact our office.

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