How To Stay Fresh for Work on Bike To Work Day

Bike To Work Day is coming!

It’s one of our favorite days and it’s a wonderful excuse to give biking to work a try. Here we try and tackle the dirty side of biking to work: Sweat, dirt, and grease.

Challenge:

“I don’t want to show up to work sweaty”

Solution:

  • Bring a change of clothes, dry shampoo, cleansing wipes, a comb, and other personal grooming items to make you feel your best!
  • Get a membership to the local YMCA, recreation center or gym & use the showers there after your ride.
  • Take the bus in to work, and bike home on a Healthy Ride bike so you won’t break a sweat until work is over
  • Ask your employer about becoming more Bicycle Friendly, by working with BikePGH to install bicycle racks, bring a #LunchLoop to your office, or sponsor our work.

Challenge:

“I’m afraid of the commute”

Solution:

Challenge:

“I live too far to ride”

Solutions:

  • Consider a multimodal commute. Put your bike on the bus and instead of transferring, take your bike the second half of the way.
  • If you are driving, consider only driving part of the way and biking the rest. Many people park and then use the car-free Three Rivers Heritage Trail or the Eliza Furnace Trail to access Downtown, Southside, Oakland and the Northside safely.
  • Don’t have a bike? Take the bus or a car part of the way and then grab a Healthy Ride bike to finish out the rest of your commute.
  • And remember, every trip begins and ends as a pedestrian.

Challenge:

“I have too much stuff to carry”

Solution:

  • Think about how you can use your 2-wheeler to haul the load for you. Backpacks, Side pannier bags, front and rear baskets can carry a lot and many bags are designed to be 100% waterproof. We can attest that they really do work!
  • Have more to carry? Kids? Equipment? Learn about¬†child-carrying¬†and other general cargo carrying solutions from our friends at San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.
  • Need to know how to carry the supplies? Check out this blog post & video which goes into more detail about it.

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