April 16, 2020 2 min read

Did you know that the average motorist (in normal circumstances) wastes almost one week and spends around £1,000 while just sitting in traffic alone each year? (Telegraph) With everything else that's going on at the minute - we know that many essential and key workers have turned to their bikes to get to work with public transport limiting the social distancing rules, not to mention the endless benefits of cycling to work!

(Check out our blog here to see the results from a recent survey we took of cyclists & keyworkers on how they are staying active and travelling to work during coronavirus).

So with more and more people taking up cycling to work and reaping the benefits, something tells us after the pandemic, cycle commuting will be taking off more than ever! 

So whether you are a key worker and cycling to work right now, or if this has inspired you to take up cycling to work once things are back to some kind of 'normality' here are 5 quick tips on having a seamless commute on two wheels:

1. DO THE PREP

Our number one piece of advice would be to be prepared. Have bike and your gear ready to go before going to bed and pack your bag with your clothes for work, it makes getting ready to head out in the morning a lot easier! 

2. BREAKFAST IS KEY

Cycling to work means you can enjoy two breakfasts, right? Have your breakfast prepared and ready to eat when you arrive at work so you can enjoy it at your desk.


3. HAVE THE KIT

The good news is you don't need a lot of kit other than your bike to get started in cycling to work, but a lock is important, especially if you work in the city centre. You also might need a lightweight raincoat and puncture repair kit for obvious reasons. See.Sense lights will react by flashing brighter and faster at riskier moments on the road to keep you visible.

4. HAVE CONFIDENCE

If you are new to commuting, then do a bit of research on the technique of riding in traffic. Keep out of the gutter and give yourself the space you need on the road (usually 1 metre from the kerb). After a few commutes, you’ll soon learn the routes that you prefer. 

5. ENJOY IT!

 Most of all, enjoy your rides - go at your own pace, take in your surroundings and make the most of your commutes.

IN SUMMARY

When you cycle to work, you’ll feel better, happier, save money, and you might even make it into the office even quicker than you would by your car. There’s also research that proves that at the very least - cycling to work will make you better at your job, which will keep the boss happy, too.

Do you think more people will take up cycling to work after the pandemic, too?
Jemma Nimick
Jemma Nimick


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