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Why Two Wheels Are Better than Four
Every day the number of people trading in frustrating drives and uncertain bus rides for bicycle commutes grows. Bike to Work Week, May 15-20, is the perfect time to get back onto that bike. Take advantage of the many events offered this month. Here are some tips for easing into bike commuting:
- While it depends where you're riding, most bicyclists in San Francisco find that biking actually lessens their commute time. Because the streets are congested with traffic, biking is the perfect way to circumvent traffic jams and arrive to work on time. And most people consider time spent biking more relaxing and enjoyable than being in a car or bus.
- Operate your bike as you would a vehicle, take your rightful place in traffic, and ride predictably. Find routes that avoid heavy car traffic and have dedicated bike lanes.
- By choosing relatively flat routes, and thanks to the cool climate, staying sweat-free is not too tough. For longer or hillier rides, many people carry a change of clothes.
- More and more workplaces are allowing bikes inside, which is the safest option. A new law requires bike parking in all garages. For Bike to Work Day on May 16th, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is offering free, secure bike parking downtown at Market & Battery Streets and at the Civic Center BART station.
- Bicycling is a fun, convenient, and dependable way to get around, with the added benefit of exercise. And using a bike saves money compared to using a car or bus.
To learn more about Bike to Work events, (including skills work-shops, mechanics sessions, and free treats for cyclists), or for a free copy of the Urban Cyclists' Resource Guide, call 415-431-BIKE.
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