Commute and thrive. Tips on how to get it right!

Commuting to work

Commuting to work? Here are some tips on ensuring that you get your ride right.

Across the country, there is an increasing desire to increase opportunities to cycle. Whether the driving forces behind commuting to work on your bicycle are increased fitness, reducing your carbon footprint, reducing petrol costs, avoiding long traffic jams, or just because it is something different to do – passionate cyclists are looking for these opportunities. So here are some tips on how to do it:

GOALS RULE

Switching to cycling to work is one of the best decisions you can make. Making it, however, can be daunting. Depending on how far your commute is, don’t start out aiming to ride the whole distance every day, that can be a long-term goal. To start with commit yourself to perhaps twice a week, or if your journey will take more than an hour by bike, look into whether it would be possible to drive some of the way and cycle the rest. Try it out on a weekend to get an idea how long it will take.

BEAT THE TRAFFIC

Don’t just switch from driving in a traffic jam to cycling through the same polluted stalemate, look for a quieter,
more interesting route. Despite chronic underfunding, most cities are at least starting to provide cycle paths and infrastructure to enable riders to take quieter routes than motorised traffic, and if your ride is longer you can seek out less busy lanes rather than joining the usual rat runs. Factor in the extra time though.

STYLE IT

If you only have a short ride to work you can make like a Euro-commuter and wear your office clothes on the bike (although this is where the idea that cycling to work is ‘free’ falls down a little, you will get through more pairs of trousers!). Some brands now make technical clothes that work on and off the bike, but if you have a ride of half-an-hour or more dig out your Lycra and change when you get there.