to Work Week is May 17-21
For just one week, consider this: leave the car parked at
home and travel to work using good, old-fashioned muscle power.
to Work Week is May 17-21, and Bike to Work Day is Friday,
May 21. The League of American Bicyclists promotes the events
as part of Mays National Bike Month. Employees across
the country are encouraged to walk to work if biking is not
As a rule, commuting to work will take about twice as long
as driving, though a study by New York Citys Transportation
Alternatives shows that trips less than 3 miles are often
faster by bike, and those 5 to 7 miles long take about the
Commuting by bike has a world of benefits including:
A better body. Ride your bike to work, and
you no longer need to make time to exercise.
More money in your pocket. The average annual
price of keeping an automobile running: at least $3,000.
The cost of running a bike for a year: less than $300. The
joy of saving more than two grand this year: priceless.
Clean air: Riding a bike is a simple way
to improve the environment.
Cant commit to a long commute?
Cut it in half. The first day, drive to work with your bike,
then ride home that night. Ride to work the next morning,
then drive home, and so on. Or drive halfway to a mall or
other safe place, park your car, and ride the rest of the
way. Bus services often allow bicyclists to bring their bikes
on board, so you can ride your bike part of the way, then
ride the bus the remainder of your trip.
of the road
Bicyclists are required to follow the same basic road rules
as motorists. When cyclists follow traffic laws, traveling
in a predictable fashion and communicating their intentions
to other road users, it increases personal safety. Its
not just a good idea in Idaho, its the law.
According to the League of American Bicyclists,
85 percent of all serious bicycle crashes dont even
involve a moving car. Among the remaining accidents, most
are avoidable. Cyclists who learn and obey the rules of the
road have 80 percent fewer collisions than those who do not.
Here are some essential safety tips:
Ride on the right, with the flow of traffic.
Be predictable. Avoid sudden swerves and
stops. Signal when turning or stopping.
Be visible. Wear bright, reflective clothing.
Use lights and reflectors in low-light conditions.
Obey all traffic signals including stop
signs and lights.
Have at least one hand in control of your
bicycle at all times.
Use bike lanes whenever possible.
Ride defensively and respectfully. Watch
for people who may not be looking for you, and be courteous
to other users of the road.
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