Overcoming Excuses

childrenI'm out of shape

  • Ride at an easy pace; in a few months you'll be in great shape
  • Ride your route on a weekend to find the easiest way to work
  • You'll improve your fitness level when you become a regular bike commuter

It takes too long

  • The average commuter travels at 10 mph; the more you ride the faster you'll get
  • Trips of less than three miles will be quicker by bike
  • Trips of five to seven miles may take the same time or less than by car

It's too far

  • Try riding to work and taking mass transit home, then alternating the next day
  • Combine riding and busing to shorten your commute
  • Ride to a co-worker's house and carpool to work

No bike parking

  • Look around for a storage area in your building or office
  • Stash your bike in a covered, secure place such as a closet or even your office
  • Formally request that your employer provide bike parking or lock it up outside

My bike is beat up

  • Biking isn't a beauty contest. Even ugly bikes ride well when given a tune up.
  • If you can't maintain your bike yourself, there are numerous local shops that can work on it
  • Make sure your bike is reliable and in good working order before you start riding

No showers

  • Most commuters don't shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry
  • Keep a small supply of toiletries at your worksite to freshen up if you feel the need
  • If you have a work neighbor with showers, ask about the possibility of using them

I have to dress up

  • Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you drive
  • If you have a short commute, ride in your clothes at a relaxed pace
  • Pack clothes with you and change at work; try rolling clothes instead of folding
  • Identify a laundry close to work where you can bring your clothes and pick up for a fresh change

I can't predict the weather

  • Fenders and rain gear will keep you plenty dry in wet weather
  • If you're at work, take transit or carpool to get home - you can bicycle home the next day

I have to run errands

  • Bolt a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity
  • Allow yourself a little extra time to get to scheduled appointments and find parking
  • People will be impressed when they learn you do your errands on a bike
  • Schedule your errands for certain days of the week and ride your bike on other days