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So you are thinking of riding, but just can't make it happen, or need some motivation... we can help!

1. What are your goals?

2. Do you ride now? If yes, how often do you bike?

3. Do you ride for recreation, transportation, or both?

4. Do you ride seasonally or year round?

5. Do you own or share a car?

6. How far do you leave from work?

7. Do you prefer riding on streets or bike paths?

8. What kind(s) of bike(s) do you ride?

9. Do you have a buddy to ride with?

  • Tip #1: For your health

    Just 3 hours of biking per week can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent
    (Source: League of American Bicyclists).

  • Tip #2: For the spirit

    Connecting and socializing with other people that have chosen this lifestyle will keep you motivated and happy.

  • Tip #3: For the long run

    Most of the people who choose to commute by bike don’t stop. Bike commuter member’s statistics show that once you start commuting by bike the chances are that you will continue.

My goal is to lose weight

The number of calories burned from cycling varies because of several factors, including rider weight, speed, effort, duration, wind, and resistance. Approximate numbers can however be estimated: The average cyclist traveling at 20 mph for 20 miles will burn 760 calories by the end of the ride.

  • Tip #1:

    Commuting to and back from work on a consistent basis will help you shade some pounds. This is in addition to a healthy diet of course.

  • Tip #2:

    It’s ok not to bike every day, especially in the beginning, but keep tally of the number of times you bike per week. If you set a goal of 3 days per week, and missed a day, make it up next time.

  • Tip #3:

    Ride at a constant pace - don’t coast ride! Track the daily miles you ridden and add 5-10 miles every week with a trip to the store or a recreational ride.

My goal is to save money

Owning and maintaining a car can cost you as much as $8,500 per year, depending on type of car, miles driven and gas prices. Think about all things you can buy or do with the extra cash.

  • Tip #1:

    Commit to a lifestyle change! Figure out how you can get around by bike only or by bike with public transportation.

  • Tip #2:

    Ask your employer for a tax credit for commuting by bike.
    visit FAQ

  • Tip #3:

    Sign-up to a car sharing program like: zipcar or igocarshare


Communities all across the U.S. have discovered that a bicycle friendly city is a more livable city.
Urban America started to invest in bicycle infrastructure and parklands - it makes sense and cost only cents, compared to other forms of transportation. Checkout this site to see how other cities are improving bicycle facilities and making their cities greener:

  • Tip #1:

    Commuting by bike and using public transportation is one of the best contributions you can make for the environment.

  • Tip #2:

    Encourage others to ride. To improve the air quality it is not enough for just you to commute by bike. Convince a friend or neighbor to join you. Encourage your kids to ride.

  • Tip #3:

    Commuting by bike is a simple way to help the environment and improve air quality. Of course it is not the only thing you need to do, checkout the following recommendations by the EPA:


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