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May 11-15 is National Bike to Work Week

Well, really, all of May is National Bike Month. May 11-15 is National Bike to Work week.

Your area may have events planned. Minneapolis-St. Paul are events are listed at http://www.bikewalkweek.org/.

However, if you’re thinking about using the week as an attempt to try biking to work yourself, start planning now.

Some questions to consider:

  • What route might be safest/most effective for your cyclecommute? Check out a few options in the next week or so. How’s the shoulder? Traffic volume? Intersections and crossings?
  • What’s your situation at work in regards to dress code? Some people find stocking their cube/office with a few changes into office-appropriate clothing keeps their baggage light for the bike commute, and can be done once a week or on days when driving is unavoidable for whatever reason.
  • Do you have other necessities to pull it off? May is a month of good light, but you might still wish to consider riding with a lightset, just in case. Do you have wipes or makeup or whatever else would be bueno to make you not an odor burden on your work plans?
  • What are your obligations? You might be able to get away with blocking early hours now on a date you want to try a first commute, so you don’t accidentally miss a morning meeting, piss off your boss, and end up never cycling to work again because you are a bum with a bike and no job.

Plan ahead, be safe, and be successful!

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Author: julie

Julie Kosbab is an online marketing consultant and active transportation advocate living in Anoka County, Minnesota. She was one of Minnesota's only League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructors when certified in 2005. She is a past member of the National Bicycle Tour Directors Association. She has 2 children and 4 bicycles. Find her on Twitter as @betweenstations.

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