Cycling to work in the UK is becoming more and more popular and with some scenic cycle routes in Bournemouth and Poole it’s a fantastic way to travel.
Whether you are looking to squeeze in some extra exercise, save money or clear your head, cycling to work is a great way to do it.
Here are some top tips to get you started:
- Find out what facilities you have at work – cycle storage, changing and showering facilities, cycle to work scheme.
- Plan your route – is it on or off road, maybe give it a try at the weekend. Find a route that suits you and see how long it takes.
- Get the right gear – depending on your route and whether your workplace has shower facilities you might want to think about what you are going to wear to cycle to work.
- Prepare for Rain – People think it rains all the time but the actual percentage of time it rains on your commute is relatively small. That said it’s always worth getting a set of waterproofs to keep dry!
- Keep to the rules of the road – make sure you obey traffic regulations and ride safely at all times.
- Make sure you can be seen – whether that’s using lights and a high vis jacket or you’re positioning in the road.
- Make eye contact with other road users – they are more likely to register your presence if you make eye contact with them.
- Lock it or lose it – make sure you get a gold standard lock; D-locks are the best. And make sure you lock your bike somewhere safe, in a well lit area, and preferably in a secure cycle cage.
- Find a buddy – think about encouraging others to cycle to work to. Make it a social thing!
- Think about joining Love to Ride Momentum – it’s a workplace cycling promotion aimed at people who work in Dorset. You can log-in online, record rides, set goals and smash them! Plus they run regular competitions and challenges and you can win some amazing prizes!
Is your employer part of Cyclescheme? If not, why not suggest they join. Cyclescheme is the UK's leading provider of the cycle to work scheme and the founding member of the Cycle to Work Alliance. The benefit enables your employees to get a bike tax-free, saving at least 25% on its high street value while spreading the cost.
If your workplace is lacking cycling facilities why not encourage them to join the Business Travel Network, they help organisations promote sustainable travel in the workplace.
For more information about cycle commuting check out these great resources