Bicycling is a healthy, economical and fun way to get to work, to the store, go out for lunch with friends or coworkers, explore Virginia’s parks, discover Virginia’s natural wonders, beauty, and history, or just enjoy a family outing. Maybe you’ve thought about trying it, but you really don’t know where to begin. Or maybe you are an avid bicyclist and want to discover new places to go or additional ways to enjoy biking. Bike!VA has information, tips and resources to help you discover all of your bicycling possibilities.
Bike Share Your Way to Work
Don’t want to use your own bike to get to work? Then check to see if there’s a bike sharing program near you. Then, you can walk to take transit to a bike share station, pay a low fee, and bike to a bike share station close to work. These programs are now in service in Norfolk, Roanoke, Richmond and Northern Virginia, and on several Virginia college campuses.
How Can You Look Ready for Work After Biking?
You can bike to work and still look professional when you sit down at your desk. Just keep in mind you don’t have to ride fast or take the most challenging route on your commute.
Showers are available at some workplaces, and if not there are many alternatives. Join a gym near your work so you can have access to a shower, use a moist towelette to clean up, or keep a small towel at your desk. You can also store a change of clothes and dress shoes in your office.
Another great way to keep cool is by riding an electric bicycle or ebike. These bikes have an electric motor that provides a rider assist when pedaling. Most ebikes can go up to 15 mph and require far less effort to use.
Get Equipped to Enjoy Yourself
If you’re looking to get into cycling, or don’t think your current bike is right for you, this guide will help you find the perfect bike. Choose a bike you’ll enjoy riding. Make sure it’s the right size and style, and that the seat is comfortable for you. You might want to install a bike basket to hold your bag, briefcase and other belongings, too. The staff at your local bike shop can help.
Also, don’t think riding a bike means decking yourself out in Lycra. You can wear your own work clothes, as long as you can ride a bike in them.
And remember, you don’t have to bike every day. It may be too hot, or raining, or snowing or maybe you just don’t feel like it. But even biking a few times a month can improve your mood and your physical health.
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