Why Bike?

Overcoming Excuses & The Benefits of Biking

We often here the same hurdles come up when people say they can’t bike. Below are some solutions that make it possible to get on your bike. Bicycle Commuting can be a lifestyle change, but don’t feel you need to make a 100% commitment. Just choosing the bike over the car a couple times a week makes a big difference.

Overcoming Common Excuses

There are many reasons why people don’t ride their bikes. Some of these reasons have simple answers. BCA has listed a few of excuses we’ve heard with some ways to solve them.

It takes too long

  • Trips of 4 or less miles in an urban environment can be faster by bike.
  • Bike parking may be easier and more convenient than car parking.
  • There is less traffic congestion on the bike trail.

It’s too far

  • Try riding to work and taking mass transit home, then alternating the next day.
  • Try “Bus N’ Bike.”
  • Ride to a co-workers house and carpool to work.

There are no showers at work

  • Many commuters find they don’t need to shower by avoiding getting sweaty in the first place. Avoid overdressing or riding too fast.

There is a dress code at work

  • Keep sets of clothing at work. Rotate them on days you drive.
  • Pack work clothes with you when you ride. Roll them instead of folding.

Biking requires too much gear

  • Any bike you are comfortable on will work.

 

It might rain

  • Fenders do wonders to keep you dry.
  • With breathable and waterproof rain gear, riding in the rain can be fun.
  • If you rode to work and it is raining when it’s time to go home, take mass transit or carpool home. Then ride home the next day.

I have to run errands

  • Use a bike rack with panniers or a milk crate to add carrying capacity.
  • Schedule the errands you need your car for a few days a week, rather than every day.
  • Make sure you have a bike lock handy for while you are in the store.

It’s too dangerous

  • Following the Rules of the Road, making eye contact with drivers, and staying visible to drivers will help you remain safe.
  • There are more people killed due to obesity related complications than bike accidents, and bike commuting helps you keep the weight down.

The Benefits of Bicycling:

There are many benefits associated with biking. Here is our list of the most common ones.

It saves money

  • Vehicles are the second largest household expense.
  • The average car costs $8000 a year to insure and maintain. The average bike costs $300 a year to maintain.
  • Gas prices keep going up.
  • Gym memberships are expensive. The outdoors are free.
  • Bike parking is usually free.

Exercise

  • You don’t have to schedule in your workout. It’s taken care of just by getting from point A to point B.
  • Lose weight and feel better.
  • People who participate in regular exercise have fewer illnesses.

Stress Relief

  • A little fresh air and exercise helps you feel great.
  • Riding a bike is less stressful than sitting in traffic.
  • Take time to enjoy the outdoors.
  • Arrive at work refreshed and full of energy. Use the ride home to work off the stress of the work day.

 

It’s Green

  • Bike commuting improves air quality.
  • You reduce your carbon footprint when you travel by bike instead of car.

The Scenic Route

  • Enjoy the side streets and parks in your neighborhood.
  • Anchorage has the great outdoors in an urban environment.

It’s Social

  • Find riding partners from the office, or from your neighborhood, and make the ride a socializing event.
  • There’s safety in numbers. Motorists see two bicyclists better than a single rider.
  • Bicycling also makes it easier to connect with others in your neighborhood and foster a greater sense of community.

It’s Easy

  • On a nice summer day, you can often just jump on your bike and go.
  • Even in the winter, bicycling has advantages. For example, there is no need to scrape ice off the window shield, or plug in the block heater.

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  • commented 2014-08-22 10:04:17 -0800
    A safety comment on biking in the rain; those white rubberized pavement markings get slick. A corner made safely over those markings at speed in the dry can put you down, in the wet. And wooden bridge slats also get slick. Straight is fine, but changes should be done more carefully. RR tracks may also have issues in the rain.
  • commented 2014-08-22 09:58:57 -0800
    I’d like to add, regarding biking in the rain, that it’s a lot easier to just accept getting wet, than it is to expect anything (like GoreTex) to actually allow you to be dry and perspiration free at the same time. Trust me … your skin is waterproof. Still, some kinda front fender (even if on the down-tube) can help keep feet dry, and a rear fender is a wonderful thing. DO count on changing clothes at work, and look for a place to hang your wet bike gear. Going home? Who cares if you get wet, and putting on wet clothing is not all that bad after you’ve started pedaling. But a spare dry pair of socks is nice. Last, while the getting wet (especially feeling the water trickle into your shoes) is not the greatest, but once you are wet, you could not care less. Then it’s just fun. No kidding, the kind or rain we usually have in Anchorage is quite enjoyable for biking.

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