Revisiting: Try biking to work!

Posted by Rachel Karitis on 4/25/18 5:53 PM

You probably already know how much we like bikes over here. Last year, we wrote about the importance of Bike to Work Day. The year before that, we wrote about 7 reasons to give bikeshare a chance.

This year, we'd like to revisit the topic! Somehow, in just a year, the entire landscape of what and how you can bike to work has transformed. With the introduction of dockless bikes to the national consciousness, there are more bikes available to share than ever before, making it the perfect time to try biking to work.

Woman on speeding bike

Haven't been convinced by the colorful bikes you've seen around town yet? Maybe these reasons will change your mind:

It's good for you

Seriously, it's really good for you. Aside from the obvious (physical activity is important), studies have shown that biking to work is associated with a 45 percent lower risk of developing cancer and a 40 percent lower risk of dying from it. In fact, the same study showed a 41 percent lower risk of all causes of death for commuters who regularly cycled to work. Hard to argue with that.

It makes you happier

People with active commutes, such as walking or biking, have been shown to be happier with their commute overall than people who choose other methods of getting to work. This was true regardless of adding a few extra minutes to the length of the commute. It just makes you feel good!

It makes you better at your job

The happier you are, the more productive you are at work — and biking to work will help with that. You spend at least 40 hours a week at the office, so wouldn't you rather enjoy that time? Higher productivity and job satisfaction are indicators of overall happiness, and will reap benefits in all areas of your life.

it's good for the planet

We've only got one planet, and drive-alone commutes are contributing to its demise. Choosing not to use a car for a majority of trips is the single greatest thing a person can do to reduce their individual carbon impact. Biking to work just one or two days a week is an easy place to start.

It's safer than ever

In a 2015 study by People For Bikes, 53 percent of adults in the United States would like to bike more. But what stops them? For 52 percent of them, it's the fear of being hit by a car. The good news is that bike lanes, and especially protected bike lanes, are being more and more commonplace. In Chicago, for example, there were 148 miles of bike lanes added from 2011 to 2016.

Ready to try?

Bike to Work Day 2018 is coming up Friday, May 18! Find out how you can get involved in your community here. See you out there!

Topics: TDM, Workplace