If you can’t bike to work, bike AT work!

Cycling / Ideas & Advice

May 13-17 is National Bike To Work Week. While everyone loves the idea of cutting gas consumption and cycling more, for the vast majority of Americans the reality of biking to work simply isn’t possible. Some commutes are prohibitively long, others travel over highways where bicycles are not permitted. Add in other factors like inclement weather, hectic work/life schedules or living in an area that isn’t on the list of bicycle friendly states and it’s perfectly understandable if you’re one of the millions of people who will NOT be biking to work this week despite all the feel-good reasons why you should.

Biking to work is a wonderful idea, but what if your commute is too far?

Biking to work is a wonderful idea, but what if your commute is too far?

Does that mean you can’t participate in this national movement to increase awareness on the benefits of cycling? Heck no! The way I see it, if you can’t bike to work, there’s no better time to bike AT work than BIke Month which is happening throughout the month of May. Bring your bike to work and encourage your co-workers to do the same. Then swap your typical lunch routine or mid-day workout for a group ride around your workplace. Whether you work in the city, at an industrial park or in the middle of nowhere, breaking away for a bike ride during the day CAN be done if you’re willing to plan ahead and get organized.  Cycling is by far the most fun I’ve ever had while burning thousands of calories and the experience is more enjoyable when you have friends or co-workers to ride with.

My co-workers and I before a lunch time ride.

My co-workers and I before a lunch time ride.

While I’m fortunate enough to be able to bike to work on a regular basis (although trust me, I’m more than capable of coming up with my share of excuses to skip a week), I’d say at least 30% of my miles are logged on lunchtime group rides with my co-workers.

Carving out an hour out of the work day to ride your bike isn't always doable, but it's awesome.

Carving out an hour out of the work day to ride your bike isn’t always doable, but it’s awesome when you can swing it.

Still shaking your head and saying to yourself how your boss will never let you bike tor at work on a regular basis? Surely he or she can’t have a problem with one single, solitary day, right? If that’s the case then this Friday, May 17 is you time to shine since it’s National Bike To Work Day. If that fails, you can always hop on your bike after work and pedal to the grocery store, the library, your friend’s house or around your local park. The whole point of Bike Month is to get out on two wheels and have as much as fun as you possibly can.

However you choose to ride YOUR bike this month, be sure to let us know all about it be leaving a comment or posting a photo on our Facebook page!


Jim Darroch

Jim's love for the outdoors began with family camping trips in "Brady Bunch" style canvas tents and progressed to backpacking adventures with the Boy Scouts. In 2007, he fulfilled his teenage dream by joining Eastern Mountain Sports as Brand Communications Manager. When he's not in the office, you'll find Jim kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking around the Monadnock Region and throughout New England with his wife Brenda and his dog Brewski.