Saturday, July 4, 2009

So you want to be a Bike Commuter

Well here are a couple of thoughts regarding that:
1. Get a bike. It doesn't have to be expensive or a certain brand, it doesn't have to be pretty, it's just gotta work.
2. Get on your bike. Get the bike that you have out of the garage, or basement, and get on your bike. Start Pedaling!! Stop making excuses that prevent you from doing so.
3. Have something to carry stuff. Put a backpack on yourself, or a basket on your bike. Again, looks are nothing but as you know you carry a lot of stuff with you in your car and if you are commuting on your bike then you need to have at least a couple things with you. Like a change of clothes, or rain gear, or some water.
4. Choose a destination. Work, the store.
5. Choose a route. I know that for many of you this may be the hardest part. If you truly want to be a bike commuter though, guess what, you must play nice with cars and hope and pray to God that they will play nice with you.
6. So you have a problem with #5? Well, here is another piece of advice. Move back into town to a neighborhood that would allow you to commute to everything using residential streets. I recommend the Northside Neighborhood. It has been a great choice for us. I am sure that I have made mention of this before but we drew a 3 mile circle around downtown where I work and bought a house in there.
7. Repeat as often as you can. I prefer daily but start with one or two trips per week and work your way up! You can do it.


MichaelK said...

I don't really get why most people are seemingly convinced that I'm going to do going farther than a mile at a time on my bike. If I lived in constant fear of getting hit in the street I'd never get anywhere by any means.

Screaming Monkey said...

The biggest thing I've noticed in my short history of commuting is that the whole "ordeal" get's a little easier everyday. After awhile the rigging of your gear and the act of commuting itself become second nature. You'll actually look forward to your rides to and from work.

fwbikecommuter said...

Michael K and Screaming Monkey,
I think that you both are right on!
Ride On, Fort Wayne Bike Commuters!

MichaelK said...

Er, that should be "die" not that I'm going to "do" up there.