Happy Bike to Work Day!

5847187112_aaf6116d19_zToday is Bike to Work Day in the city of Jacksonville–are you participating?  If you don’t live in Jacksonville, don’t fret–tomorrow (May 16th) is actually National Bike to Work Day and cities throughout the US will be celebrating with special programs and activities to encourage a healthier (and more earth-friendly) mode of work transpiration.  Before you hop on your bike, be sure to do a little pre-ride planning by finding a safe and secure route, following your city’s road rules and doing a quick check of your bike to make sure everything is in working order.

We also wanted to share some of these friendly bike riding reminders from The Jacksonville Bicycle Coalition:

  • Don’t listen to music while riding.
  • Always keep a sharp eye out for cars.
  • Don’t make impulsive decisions unless you’re trying to get out of a sticky situation. Acting in a predictable fashion will help other cyclists and motorists know how to act when they’re on the roads with you.
  • Don’t do something you’re not comfortable with. You’ll experience a bit of discomfort and that’s normal. But if your gut is screaming at you not to do something, your discomfort level is too high in which case you should back off from the situation.
  • Always be prepared with a Plan B.  Be familiar with bus routes, have backup phone numbers and have the phone number for North Florida’s Emergency Ride Home service .

 

Let us know:  Where is your favorite place to bike?

 

image courtesy of Seth Werkheiser/CC BY 2.0