In celebration of Bike to Work Day, we asked local experts who themselves regularly commute via two-wheeled conveyance for their best tips, tricks and advice for biking to work.
My favorite piece of commuting gear is my bell! It sounds dorky but it’s a must-have for commuting along the bike paths here in Boulder. A bell is universally recognized as the sound a bike makes passing, and to me it is less confrontational than a shout or a grunt. It lets pedestrians and other riders know I’m coming—especially through blind corners.”
— Mollie Brewer, International road bike racer and Exercise Physiologist.
Generally, I feel drivers seem to hold their space better in the morning. Maybe it’s because drivers are more alert after a night’s sleep. Maybe they have more distractions in the afternoon and evening; texts from their kids, business calls, or messages from family members needing a last-minute grocery pick-up. Whatever the situation, I am comfortable riding the more direct county roads in the morning but opt for the safer bike paths on the way home even though they are a couple of miles longer.
— Jared Berg, Exercise Physiologist
Combining a bike ride with a bus ride allows me to enjoy my commute. The bus driver takes on all the stress of the highway portion, and I get to spend time on my bike every workday.
Put lights on your bike to see and be seen, but still ride like you are invisible.
— Charles Van Atta aka “CVA,” Cycling Biomechanist
I use my commute to work as a training tool. Mornings are usually a steady 10-mile ride into work. Going home I will take a longer training route home. By combining my commute and my training I am able to spend more time with my family while still accomplishing my athletic goals.
— Ryan Kohler — Sports Science Manager and Sports Nutritionist
Although an avid cyclist, I like to keep my commute and training separate. On my electric bike I can get to work without being sweaty and out of breath but still enjoy the fresh air. BONUS: I also still get the same benefits of avoiding rush hour traffic, the hassle of finding parking, and minimizing my car use.
— Kim Raupp, Physical Therapist
I arrive more awake, focused and ready for work after I’ve been out in the elements. I am always happier when I ride my bike and a longer commute allows me time to clear my head and provides a moment of reflection.
— Patty Tomlin, Exercise Specialist