October 14 is National Ride to Work Day and to celebrate the occasion, we have put together our tips to ensure riding to work becomes a regular event. Many of our readers will claim that everyday is ride to work day - to you, we say give yourselves a pat on the back. Honestly, well done.
Once you've got your bike and gear sorted, here are some tips to help you maintain your commitment to riding to work.
1. You Are Not Commuting
Ok, technically you are, but before you start, remember the other benefits you will get from this form of travel to work. You are saving the environment, saving money, exercising, having fun and being social. Whatever it is that motivates you, be sure to remind yourself every now and then.
2. Plan Ahead
Take a moment to think about your daily routine. Where can you save time? Could you eat breakfast at your desk? Perhaps dedicating one hour each Sunday to iron your shirts is a time saver? Or here is a great one - if you are bamboozled by emails each day, create rules through your email provider to rid your life of time wasting emails. That will save you at least 30 minutes in the morning.
3. Commit For Six Weeks
It takes time to form habits and patterns of behaviour. Give yourself six weeks to lock-in your new found love for riding to work. Along the way take time to reward yourself with little gifts - maybe a new cycling top or massage at a day spa might do the trick.
4. Make It Fun And Social
Ride with a friend. Stop at a cafe and grab a coffee along the way. Meet your kids or partner on the ride home and ride together. Most importantly, mix it up and don't get caught in the routine of the commute.
5. Change Your Route
Similar to the above point - if you find yourself getting bored or tired of your daily ride - change your route. Ride down an alleyway or street you've never been down. Drive to a new starting point and commute from there. Take the time to explore and find new activities within your daily ride.
6. Give It A Rest Or Buy A New Bike
Although don't rest for too long! Every now and then, don't be afraid to hop off the bike and have a few days or week off. You'll usually return with renewed energy and love for the ride.
If all else fails, its definitely time to buy a new bike to renew your passion!
Enjoy the ride Good People.