May is National Bike Month, making it a good time to start biking to school or work instead of driving. Biking is a good mode of transportation and also doubles as cardiovascular exercise, which is why we’ve decided to share with you some biking tips in this week’s Dolley Madison Towers Blog.
Getting the Right Bike
An important part of biking is to make sure that you’ve got a bike that can handle the type of cycling you want to do, whether it’s commuting, riding trails, or a nice ride in the park. If you’re looking to rent or buy a bicycle, you can check out your local bike shop for some deals and additional information! These shops are a great resource if it's your first time purchasing a bicycle as they’ll be able to tell you everything you need to know.
Once you’ve gotten a bicycle that fits your needs, the next thing you need to do is make sure you’re safe while out on the trail. Helmets, elbow pads, and knee pads are all viable options for keeping yourself safe. Remember that safety is more important than looks. While riding, you may experience unexpected mechanical issues, so invest in some maintenance items like a spare tube, multi-tool set, and a bicycle pump. When you’ve geared up appropriately, you’re ready for anything Mother Nature has to throw at you!
Adjust Your Schedule
Biking may be slower than driving, but depending on whether you are early enough to beat traffic and how efficient your route is, it could be a better mode of transportation than driving. Give yourself time to make your route in a timely manner so not a burden for your work schedule. This may take waking up an hour or two earlier than normal, or adjusting your work and school schedule to accommodate arriving later than usual.
It’s time to enjoy the beautiful weather of Arlington, VA and make some greener transportation choices. If you have some additional biking tips, share them with our apartment community by leaving a comment!