5 common bike-to-work myths debunked

The beginning of the calendar year is a time for self-analysis and improvement. One in three of us resolve to better ourselves in some way, but with the return to work after the holidays, our good intentions can begin to wane.

Last week we talked about the barrier of time, and how introducing bike share to your daily routine, in simple ways, can make a big difference.

Take your commute to and from work. It’s an easy way to add exercise to seemingly lost time, and the health benefits are plentiful (we’ll talk more about those later this week).

Commuting is stressful. Everyone knows it, but studies prove it.

One conducted by Canada’s University of Waterloo found a direct link between commuting and people’s wellbeing. Unsurprisingly, traffic congestion topped the list for reasons why commuters experienced increased stress first thing in the morning. The lack of physical leisure time came a close second. Those who made time for physical activity throughout the work day, however, were shown to resist some of the negative effects of their commute.

No traffic + exercise = happy campers. It’s that simple.

Whether you decide to bike to work alone, or would like to introduce a bike-to-work program for your whole company (it’s an easy sell with cycling to work proven to lead to fewer sick days and significantly boost focus and happiness), you might have some logistical questions. Here are common bike-to-work myths debunked.

It’s faster to drive

If you live in a city, chances are it’ll be way faster to bike. During rush hour, congestion along commuter corridors peaks and you’ll often find yourself stationary, powerless and scrambling to download meditation apps to calm your nerves.

Biking allows freedom of movement. There’s no stopping and starting; you can vary your route, and even stop for coffee on a whim – breezing past that drive-thru line.

You live too far away

More than half of US commuters live within a 10-mile radius of their work place. If this feels a little too ambitious to start, you can hop on public transport, and collect a Coast bike from a conveniently-located hub at the other end.

You can’t ride in normal clothes

Commuting is a gentler affair than the Tour de France. Everyday cyclists wear everyday clothes. Visit any European city, and you’ll see briefcases on handlebars, heels on pedals and dress pants on saddles. Spandex is optional, but if you’d like to take a change of clothes for the office to make you more comfortable, why not?

You can’t ride every day

Biking to work shouldn’t be yet another commitment. It’s time invested in a happier, healthier, more productive you. If you’re on occasional school-run duty, or have errands to run before work, consider cycling just one or two days a week.

You can’t carry everything you need

All of Coast’s bikes come equipped with a basket. Need a little more storage? You likely carry a purse, backpack or messenger bag already so sling it over your shoulder, and away you go.

Ready to get started? A Coast membership is just $15 per month. Have more questions about commuting by bike? Head over to Twitter and chat with us.

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