More Nebraskans are using pedal power during this National Bike to Work Week. Cycling enthusiast Mark Wyatt says if you haven’t been on the bike in a while, it’s as easy as, well, riding a bike. Wyatt says bicycling to work is simpler than you’d think with a little forethought.
“Make sure your bike’s in good working order,” Wyatt says. “Start to plan out your route and you can test it on weekends and see if it’s going to work for you. Go slow. Take your time and enjoy yourself. Once you get to work, if you have a place to shower or to towel off, change clothes and you’re ready to go.”
He says you’ll find yourself more refreshed and ready for the day if the morning starts with an exhilarating bike ride. Hardcore biking enthusiasts may spend thousands of dollars in their bikes, but Wyatt says most folks can get along fine for significantly less.
“That’s the thing about a bicycle,” Wyatt says. “The technology really hasn’t changed much over the years. That bike that’s hanging in the garage or sitting in the basement could be an effective mode of transportation. As gas prices creep up, people will pump up the tires and get out and give bicycling a try.”
He says biking to work can be part of a healthier lifestyle, decrease traffic congestion, lessen parking constraints, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.