Whether it’s for exercise, to save money or to live a greener lifestyle, biking enthusiast Mark Wyatt says plenty of people are turning to pedal power, and not just for a week.
He encourages Nebraskans to give biking to work a spin.
“A lot of times your commute is much shorter than you can even imagine and it’s pretty comparable by car,” Wyatt says. “It’s easy. If you really want to start, give it a try it on a weekend and get out there and see how long your commute’s going to be and help with your timing and such.”
Common complaints are that people don’t want to be all sweaty when they get to work, or that their hair will be messed up from wearing a bike helmet. His reply?
“You can take your clothes to work,” Wyatt says. “Hair products are portable so it’s really easy to set up there at work, towel off and change clothes before you go on about your day.”
One study found that biking to work instead of driving a car can save $6,000 to $7,000 a year. While the winter months pose a challenge in Nebraska, Wyatt says there’s no valid excuse to not try biking to work this spring — and this week.
There is a host of rides, races and other bike-related events over the coming weeks as part of National Bike Month.
Nebraska has hundreds of miles of bike trails. Get rolling by visiting: www.nebraskabiketrails.com