Cycling to Work – Tips for Your First Commute

Cycling to work is not a trend that has grown to its full potential in our country, but we hope to set it as a new trend and make it the ‘regular’. Yeah sure, you may say that cars are more relaxing compared to cycle, but as responsible citizens of the country, you have got to think about the depleting resources on which the cars are feeding heavily. The future may not provide you with cycling as an alternative to travel, rather be the only solution. Take the necessary step before it is too late. We are here to help you with some tips that will help you in choosing cycling to work.

Begin with shorter distances: Start cycling to work, but do not travel for long miles at the beginning itself. Use cycling as a first commute or to go to your workplace only if it’s within an achievable distance from your place. Traveling for longer distances in the initial days may drain a lot of energy and affect your willingness to cycle to work. Keep a track of the time that cycling is taking you to reach your destination; compare it to the time it would take otherwise. You will be amazed to see how great a difference cycling makes in saving your time and the hassle, needless to talk about saving your pocket.

Keep a check on the frequency: As a beginner, do not regularly commute to work using your cycle. That will have effects on your health and may kill your motivation to cycle to work or anywhere as a matter of fact. Give some time to get used to cycling on a semi-weekly basis and following that increase your frequency of hiking to work. Start with cycling three days to work and with time as you get used to it raise the number of days or start with using your cycle for either the morning commute or the evening commute. In this way, you can slowly get used to cycling your way to the office.

Always wear a helmet: ‘Safety First’. Nothing is nor will be more important to your safety. So, we suggest you to ALWAYS carry a helmet when you ride your cycles. When traveling to work, we are well aware of the severe traffic jam and everyone is in a hurry to arrive at their destination, so there are chances of some mishaps. To keep yourself safe from such accidents, carry your safety guard and put it on always while you ride.

Perform a dry run: We guess you are used to traveling to work using cars. The expected time to reach your destination in cycles would be different from your regular vehicles. You can take a dry run on a weekend before you start commuting to work using cycles to check on the ETA at your destination and that will help you plan your journey timing from your place to work. Do not forget to take into consideration the extra traffic you may have to encounter on the weekdays, so it is always a good thing to leave a bit early.

Be a GPS: Do not feel scared to explore various routes to your office/ workplace when you have time off your work. Familiarize yourself with roads leading to your work that does not make you wait for the cars ahead of you to move to go forward on your journey. Choose the routes with minimal traffic and reach your workplace in time all refreshed and energetic skipping the heavy traffic.

Be a know-it-all: Try learning all the basics of repairing punctures or flat tyres, and see that you know how to fix your cycle in case of breakdown mid-journey. The last thing you want to do is drag your cycle to a repair shop and wait in queue for the repair to be done and pay for petty issues which you could have handled yourself.

Carry a backpack: While traveling you may come in need of various accessories such as water bottle or be it anything, carry a backpack to store all those amenities and have them at your service whenever you require. You may even carry your clothes for work in your backpack. After all the sweating due to cycling, we are guessing you won’t want to be in the same attire the same day. So always keep a spare set of clothes in your backpack.

You can always make cycling more fun by riding to your workplace with other employees on cycles in the less than perfect weather conditions. Take a selfie with your bike, share it with your friends, family, and co-workers and encourage them to start using bicycles more frequently. Be a person who works towards bringing about the change. A safety tip for you which will come in handy on the roads is to look out for parked cars. They might swing open the car doors without paying attention to the vehicle coming from behind, and this may be fatal for riders. So always keep an eye on the road and your surroundings. So what are you waiting for! Set into the trend, hit the roads and pedal the change with Yulu.

 

Author: Yulu

Yulu's vision is to reduce traffic congestion by providing a scalable, affordable, efficient and clean solution for the first mile, last mile, and short distance commute. We strongly believe that short commute mode can be made more Efficient, Affordable and GREEN, thereby ensuring that future generations will have a healthy environment to live. We want to replace big personal vehicles with a smaller form factor that does not require fossil fuel. We are using IoT technology to create a vast network of shared dockless bicycles that can be rented easily by a user-friendly app in pay per use business model. We are a mission-driven company based out of India with a solid founding team and big ambitions. At Yulu we believe that every day is a mission and success is exciting when its attained with fun and as a team. If you want to solve the problem of traffic congestion, reduce pollution, positively impact the society, let's have a conversation to partner in our journey to shape a new India for our future generations.

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