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May 19-25 National Bike to Work Week

May 22, 2013
Estherville Daily News

May 19-25 is National Bike to Work Week, a great time to emphasize the health and economic benefits of biking to work.

For starters, has anyone noticed what's happened to gas prices lately? What better argument to encourage people to bike to work.

A key to that is making it possible.

First of all, bikes are cheap - especially if you compare them to the price of gas. About $150-$200 can buy a good, basic adult bike, and if you want to get fancy, you can find something for $400 or a little more.

And then of course there's the helmet - available for a few dollars. Other than that, the only other thing might be reflective clothing.

If you haven't ridden a bike for a while, get accustomed to the controls. Maybe take a couple rides in the country to get used to how the brakes work before riding in traffic.

And when you ride in traffic, be sure to act like a vehicle. Learn hand signals and stay on the right side of the road. Avoid using sidewalks and darting out into traffic at pedestrian crossings at intersections.

If you consider how much exercise you could get by riding a bike every day instead of commuting, it's significant.

Not to mention the money you'll save. Just starting your car engine every morning costs money, and if you can ride a bike instead, you'll notice the savings.

In an ideal world, all towns and cities would have designated bike lanes. They would be an excellent investment in our transportation infrastructure.

Until we have them, though, we'll all have to learn the rules of the road - two-wheelers and four-wheelers alike.



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