According to AAA, the average American spends almost $9,000 to drive their car each year. This includes gas, and maintenance such as oil changes and repairs. That’s a huge dent in your pocketbook that could be spent on a luxury vacation, addition to your home or extra money for retirement. Instead, try biking; the new way to commute.
Preparing for Your Cycling Commute
Before hopping on two wheels, you must prepare ahead of time to avoid an accident or injury.
- Pick up a community map from your local tourist office to identify bike routes, lanes and trails.
- Practice your route on the weekend or drive it in your car to make sure that it is safe.
- Know the laws that apply to bikers and how to interact with motorists while sharing the road.
While on Two Wheels
- Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns for other bikers and motorists.
- Wear brightly colored clothing to increase visibility.
- Make eye contact with motorists so they know you are there and can anticipate your next move.
- Wear a helmet.
- Bring along a water bottle in case you get thirsty, especially on a hot day.
To learn more about bicycle commuting, visit:
- League of American Bicyclists at www.bikeleague.org.
- U.S. Department of Transportation at www.dot.gov.
- U.S. Department of Transportation – Federal Highway Association at www.fhwa.dot.gov.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at www.nhtsa.gov.
Healthy tip: Instead of getting in your car to run errands or go to work, consider riding a bike instead. To go five miles at an average speed of 10 miles per hour, you could arrive at your destination within 30 minutes, burn 200 calories and reduce the amount of pollution that goes into the environment.