Biking (Back) to WorkPosted on June 19, 2020
How to flip the switch and improve your routine by biking to work.
The pandemic has certainly hit us hard, but one positive note is that more people in Bellevue are improving their health and well-being by getting around on two wheels, as noted in our previous blog post. We hope this trend will continue as businesses increasingly open their doors and more workers return to the office. Here are some simple steps you can take to make biking to work a reality:
1. Dust off your bike
- If you’re not a regular bike rider, it may have been a while since you went for your last ride. Now is the time change that! Grab your bike out of storage and get it in good working condition. Make sure you have good tire pressure and a solid helmet. If you are in need of extra help before heading out on your first bike adventure in a while, here are a few resources you can check out:
- View League of American Bicyclists videos with cycling tips, equipment info and more.
- Visit the Cascade Bicycle Club website for learning and riding tips – registration is now open for July classes!
- Visit your local bike shop for your equipment and repair needs.
- Check out the 2020 Bellevue Bike Map, which can be downloaded here or ordered as a hard copy by calling 425-452-6856 or emailing TRReception@bellevuewa.gov.
2. Go for a trial ride
- With your bike in proper working condition and your helmet ready, get outside and try out your wheels. Take a ride around your neighborhood, go to a local bike trail, call up your friends or get your family together and do a group ride! There are plenty of ways to get back in the hang of it.
3. Get into the routine
- There are a few ways to do this. One is to test your biking route to work in advance - see what routes you need to take and what the fastest way will be. Get familiar with the streets, turns, intersections, you name it! Another is to embark on challenges. Participate in the Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards program, log multiple days’ worth of bike trips and you could receive Choose Your Way Bellevue merchandise, a $50 reward and more. Creating and implementing a habit can take time, so it’s important to develop a routine and get out on your bike regularly.
4. Bike back to work
- Finally, when the office reopens (or right now if your office is already open), you can use everything you’ve learned and your awesome new biking habits to take your two wheels to work. You can even take that extra step and try to get your coworkers in on the action too. Remember that bike commuting doesn’t need to be an all-or-nothing endeavor. Try biking one day per week, or combine biking with transit.
We hope these help you to choose your bike on some days. By not driving alone you can help reduce strain on our roadways as offices and businesses open back up. Until next time, stay safe and stay active!
-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Alex