Considering Biking To Work or Play?



Considering Biking To Work or Play?

With National Bike Month getting underway, we at Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition would love to help those considering using a bicycle as part of their work commute.  Throughout the month, in addition to the usual flow of discussion topics, scheduling announcements, we’ll be sharing resources that we’ve found helpful in our own lives.

To start off, I’d like to share that after 3 years of year round commuting in Rhode Island, I learn things every year that do and don’t work for my commute.  There is no such thing as an expert on bike commuting because each of  us has our own levels of comfort, speed, time constraints, and support infrastructure.

To get started on your journey to better using a bike to get around, you can check out this sample from the  250-page “Bike To Work” book by Carlton Reid and Tim Grahl.  In between the advertising, there are a lot of issues addressed about health, safety, and of course, tackling the reason many give for not riding a bike: Getting Wet, Getting Sweaty, Lack of Time, Perceived Danger, Odor, Others Opinions, Costs, and many more.  from page 18 onward, with practical solutions to these and many more.


  • Anj
    May 3, 2011 at 6:32 am

    I live about 28 miles South of Providence, and have learned various ways of incorporating bicycling in to my commute. While I can't do 52 miles a day every day (well, maybe I could but the reality is, most days I can't) I can certainly do that one day a week, interspersed with other days of half commutes. Half commutes are defined as: riding to and from the bus; driving to a park and ride and riding in from there; being dropped off at work by a car pool and riding home. There are ways to do it. And yes, there are ways to do it with a teenager in your life. I am happy to answer anyone's questions if they want to know how to manage family, health, work schedule, sweaty bike clothes, and commuting by bike!

  • msmoritz
    May 4, 2011 at 10:54 am


    So the question people would want to know, and me too, because I'm still amazed about that commute, Why do it? What makes it worth it to you to undertake to spend the time figuring out the schedules, connections, etc. and not just drive all the way to Providence every day? Perhaps you could share that on tomorrow's post, which will be titled "Thinking Multi-Modal'

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  • Labann
    May 10, 2011 at 8:20 am

    Chapter 4 of my book answers FAQs and covers most bike commuting details.

    My many years of 24-mile round trip commute (all season, even in snow) seemed alternately too long, too short, or very satisfactory for the purpose of losing 80 lbs., staying fit, and throwing caution down the sewer. You might like it, too, if you start, though "your experiences might vary" (the legal loophole). Know that in the first 5 miles of any ride your body asks, "wtf?" After endorphins kick in and oxygen saturates blood, question becomes, "What the heck was my brain was doing before? Nothing?" You find out everyone else is asleep or crazy and notice everything you've been missing, mostly stuff you really never wanted to know, such as how corrupt people paid by taxes can be.

    Days when it got too much, just racked bike on beater car, drove in, then rode home. Next afternoon, I could drive home instead if so inclined. This was also useful on days when I exchanged a week's worth of clean civilian clothes with big garbage bag of dirty laundry. Never worried about car parked overnight; tossed rack into trunk.