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Bike to Work Day

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June is Colorado Bike Month and Bike to Work Day is Wednesday, June 22 this year. On a daily basis about 10,000 people bike to work in Denver. This year, they are expecting over 30,000 Coloradans to take on the challenge of riding to work. If you are going to be one of the participants taking on this challenge, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind

Safety First

In Colorado, bikers have to obey the same rules of the roads as drivers. Biking next to cars can be scary at first but if you’re wearing the proper gear, injuries can be prevented. Statistics show that most bike accident fatalities are caused by bikers not wearing helmets. In fact, wearing a helmet can reduce the severity of a head injury by 88%. Always remember to wear your helmet and use proper signals when turning to let the cars around you know to avoid injury.

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Hydration is Key

Especially in the hot summer months, it’s important to drink as much water as possible. When you’re exercising outdoors, it’s even more important to keep those hydration levels up. Make sure to drink water before, during and after your ride. Keep a water bottle attached to your bike at all times or try a hydration pack for easy access as you ride. There will be plenty of food and water stations out for you to refuel at. You can even get a quick tune up if needed!  Weigh and Win will be at the City of Glendale station at Creekside Park. For a full list of stations and to map out your ride, check out the Bike to Work Day Site.

Be Prepared

Bring a change of clothes and lunch to work the day before to help lessen the load you’ll be carrying on your ride. Especially if you don’t frequently ride into work, you’ll want to make your load as light as possible. Knowing that your meals are ready to go after a hard workout and where the showers are located in your office will take a lot of stress off of you after your ride. If you do have to bring a change of clothes, keep them in zip lock bags to avoid getting any sweat or water on them during your ride.

Check the Weather

In Colorado, we tend to have cooler mornings and warmer afternoons. Make sure to bring a light jacket for your morning ride and breathable sweat wicking clothing on your ride home. If you are new to bike riding, there are compression shorts that have a bit of padding in the glute area to relieve some of the pain from sitting on a bike seat for a longer period of time. Shorts or pants that are tight around the ankle are also recommended so they don’t get caught up in the bike chain. Lastly, the brighter color of clothing, the better. This way, other commuters and motorists can clearly see you to avoid accidents.

Enjoy the Ride

The most important thing is to have fun on this ride. There will be plenty of other riders out and it’s a great time to meet people and meet the local organizations and sponsors in the community. Take in the beautiful scenery that Colorado has to offer and enjoy a day outside of traffic!

Still on the fence about biking to work? Check out our blog article with five reasons why you should bike to work. 

Why You Should Consider Biking to Work

Would you rather be sitting in your car in stop and go traffic (along with everyone else) or cruising down a path on your bicycle? Seems like a no brainer, right? Celebrate Colorado Bike to Work Day, the fourth Wednesday in June, and get off the road and on your bike.

Colorado Bike to Work Day was created to encourage people to try their bikes for transportation, in hopes of getting people to consider other modes of transportation and reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.

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Why should you consider biking to work?

The average American spends 600 hours a year in a car. That’s five years of the average lifespan or roughly 7% of our lives. If that doesn’t depress you enough to get you out of your car and onto your bike, here are five more reasons.

1. Incorporate Physical Activity Into Your Day

With busy work schedules, some days it can be difficult to fit in a trip to the gym. Incorporating activity into your day is a great way to ensure you’re getting enough physical activity in each day and biking to work is a great way to accomplish that!

2. Biking is Easy on Joints

Riding bike is a great cardiovascular exercise that is easy on the joints. For someone that is overweight and just beginning an exercise program, exercises like running can be hard on the joints, making bike riding a great alternative.

3. Avoid Traffic

Nobody enjoys sitting in traffic. Skip the stress of people cutting you off and traffic accidents causing delays. In fact, biking to work may be quicker than driving when you take into account accidents and construction closures.

4. Fight Pollution

Forty percent of all trips in the United States are to destinations within two miles of home! Moreover, 60% of pollution created by cars happens in the first few minutes of operation. Biking can reduce your carbon footprint and improve the air quality in your community.

5. Start Your Day Right

Start your day energized, refreshed and awake. Biking can help your mental focus too. According to a study, people scored higher on tests of memory, reasoning and planning after 30 minutes of biking than they did before they rode.

For more information on Bike to Work day and to find safe alternative modes of transportation visit: http://biketoworkday.us/.

Sources:
http://bikesmakelifebetter.com/bike-commuting-the-fastest-route-to-employee-health/

http://www.bicycling.com/training/fitness/your-brain-bicycling