Whether you ride your bike to work, to school, or to the grocery store, biking is a safe, inexpensive and fun way to get around. It's also good for your waistline and the environment. Instead of giving up your car cold turkey, why not just strive to integrate a few more bicycling trips into your daily or weekly routine? Here are some simple steps to get you biking more and driving less.
Build up your endurance. Start by biking around your neighborhood for a few hours to see how much you can handle physically. Before commuting by bicycle to work, start out driving part of the way and biking the rest, gradually increasing your distance each week. Bike part of the way. If your workplace is too far by bike, try biking to the nearest bus stop, subway, or train station.
Pick a route based on your comfort level (number of hills, traffic, etc.). Call your local city hall to see if the Transportation Department or Department of Parks and Recreation have a bike map. Many highlight bike lanes, bike paths, one-way streets, steep hills, and public transit stations. Plan your first trip to the store, school, or work for a day when you have extra time. This will help figure out how much time to allow for travel.
There are endless types of equipment to make it easier to run errands and commute with cargo, such as shopping trolleys, racks that mount on a bike's back wheel, and trailers that attach behind the bike. When commuting with small children, invest in a child's bike trailer with seats, or a child-size seat that attaches to the back of your bicycle. Make sure they are equipped with helmets.
About The Author: Ellen Brown is an environmental writer and photographer and the owner of Sustainable Media, an environmental media company that specializes in helping businesses and organizations promote eco-friendly products and services. Contact her on the web at http://www.sustainable-media.com
Add your voice! Click below to comment. ThriftyFun is powered by your wisdom!