Month: August 2012

Bike to Work for Quality of Life
Bike to Work Philosophy

Why You Should Let Your Child Bike To School

You are an adult; you have a commute; and (unless you home school), your kids have a commute as well. If you think there are good reasons for you to ride a bike to work, you may also consider good reasons for your kids to ride to school. In a recent post on “five things […]

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Why I Changed My Ride to Work

It was just a few weeks ago that I wrote about how I had found the perfect route to work and had been using it with very little deviation for over two years. Today, I changed my ride to work…and I liked it. On Saturday I needed a book from a branch library that I […]

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3 Reasons to Not Bicycle on the Sidewalk

For most people who bicycle to work, riding on the sidewalk is an occasional necessity; but it should be the exception rather than the rule. In today’s post I give three reasons to not ride on the sidewalk (and two reasons why you should). I have a friend who insists on riding on the sidewalk. […]

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Becoming a Bike To Work Professional

In a previous post, I wrote about how attempting to improve your life by riding a bike to work generates a strong opposing force. This force can be overcome by what Steven Pressfield calls, “Turning Pro.” Let me start by saying that you don’t have to turn pro. As an “amateur” bike commuter, I enjoyed […]

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How to Lock Up Your Bicycle

In my previous post, I talked about where to park your bike. If you’re not parking it in your office, you need to lock up your bike…because its a long walk home. My friend has a really nice, brightly colored carbon-fiber road machine that cost several thousand dollars. After it was stolen (from his garage!) […]

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Where Should You Park Your Bike?

At my office, the CEO and each of the vice presidents have a clichéd perk: reserved parking spaces right next to the building. It is a mark of prestige and power to walk the shortest possible distance from your parking spot your desk. I have a little secret: my spot that’s even closer…like 20 feet from my […]

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Overcoming Resistance When Riding a Bike To Work

You’ve given it some thought and decided that riding a bike to work makes sense. A voice is telling you that biking to work will be good for you–that voice is coming from your head. Another voice is telling you that biking to work will add meaning and value to your life–that voice is coming […]

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Choosing Your Route to Work Part 2

In Part 1 of this post, I talked about how the immense differences between cars and bikes lead to different choices about the route you take to work. In this post I’ll review some techniques you can use to find your ideal route.

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Getting Started

Choosing Your Route to Work Part 1

In ancient times, it was said that all roads lead to Rome. In our day, this is a way of saying that there are many ways to reach a goal. When it comes to choosing a bike route for your ride to work, both ideas apply. By the time my office moved from the university […]

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Bike to Work Philosophy

5 Things Your Bike Commute Teaches Your Children

Something I had forgotten years ago made its way to my conscious mind recently: my father used to bike to work. He started doing this after I left home and passed away before I seriously questioned my commute, and it had totally left my mind. But I don’t doubt that he planted a seed that put […]

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