Does your morning commute zap your energy and your wallet? With traffic snarling, gas prices skyrocketing, and bridge tolls on the rise—now is the time to try something new—bike to work. Bicycle coalitions nationwide are promoting Bike To Work Day!
Bike to Work events are a great orientation to stepping onto the pedals. Fledgling bikers get support in the form of Commuter Convoys. In the bay area, check sfbike.org for "push off" schedules. There will be Energizer Stations where bikers get useful advice on routes, repairs, maintenance and free coffee.
Regular exercise is an obvious benefit of biking to work. FruitGuy Rebecca incorporates her 12-mile ride to the office into a healthy regime. She likes to "arrive at work and stretch to center and breathe, and feel the blood flowin' with oxygen all day." To balance her nutritional needs, she finds "it's imperative to eat potassium (banana) and yogurt to manage the lactic acid, as well as protein and carbs. Eating strategically and with purpose is part of staying fit and healthy!”
If 24 miles sounds a bit far, one can catch a draft on public transportation. In the Bay Area, busses, trains and ferries can accommodate bikes. See 511.org for details.
We’re proud of our colleagues who ride into work, they have weekly tally of 170 miles betwixt them. FruitGuy Erik, our president, says "I find employees (including myself) more energized throughout the day if they've exercised in the morning. This kind of morning regime trumps coffee."
Workplace wellness is a growing movement, and many companies have made huge strides in accommodating employees’ needs for changing rooms, bike parking and other innovations. Since The FruitGuys employees love their bikes, and like to shine up their banana seats, Erik adds, "We are trying to implement a monthly maintenance class on-site to teach employees how to take care of their bikes."
The future of the bike to work movement is bright and breezy. If you get out of your car and ride, you can see the world you’re trying to save from carbon emissions. As FruitGuy Bridget says of her commute, "I love smelling the Eucalyptus trees in Golden Gate Park, seeing the waves crashing in on Ocean Beach and getting my blood flowing to and from work!" So get out and ride.