Get Ready For Bike To Work Day on May 17th!
We look forward to May for many reasons. There’s 6 more months until it starts to get cold again, the sun is out more than it’s hidden behind clouds during the day, and it’s prime bike riding weather. Bike to Work Day was originated by League of American Cyclists in 1956 and has been going strong every since. It’s a day that sneaks up on us every year, but one of our favorite days to be supporting the bike community. Go ahead and make plans to ride your bike to work on May 17th. You won’t regret it and might even make it a daily habit.
With more than a month out, I want to make sure you are ready to ride your bike to work. Everyone who works at Local Hub is a bike commuter and has plenty of suggestions on routes, gear, and how to ride in traffic. Stop by, call or text 214-484-1019 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need any advice. Here are a few of my recommendations to make your ride more fun and easy.
Plan your route in advance and ride it on a morning there’s not a lot of car traffic. Google maps has an option that let’s you pull up all the bike lanes in Dallas. Use it to plan your route and try to combine the vast paved trail system we have. The Santa Fe Trail, Katy Trail, Ridgewood Trail, SOPAC, Northhaven, Santa Fe Trestle Trail, Trinity Skyline Trail, Trinity Strand Trail, and White Rock Trail are all good connectors that are easy to ride and use.
If you aren’t feeling super confident about riding in the street, join a social ride. Riding in a group can be empowering and the riders can share their knowledge of what’s it’s like to ride around Dallas. Sign up for our newsletter to be in the know about a lot of rides in Dallas.
Get nice bags that are functional. Bags are a personal choice, and we are happy to suggest options for what is best for you and your bike. I like to carry my Shimano bicycle commuter Tokyo back pack because it’s lightweight and I can fit everything I need for a day in it. Panniers are a great option if you have a heavier load. I’ve been seeing a lot more people using frame bags, handlebars, and front baskets to carry cargo.
Leave daily use items at the office so you don’t have to carry them. My work cubby has extra shoes, personal care items, extra socks, sweater, tshirt, yoga pants, and snacks. The more I can leave at the shop, the less I have to carry each day. If you don’t have a shower at your office, bring a towel, extra set of clothes and baby wipes. They will come in handy in the summer.
Invest in a bell, quality set of lights if you ride at night, and a good lock. If you aren’t able to park your bike inside, you’ll need a good lock and wheel security. You should also talk to your HR department and co-workers that ride bikes to see if your company can add bike parking. More and more companies are realizing the benefits of bike commuting and how much they can save in parking expenses and health care costs. We recommend a ulock to secure your bike frame if you have to park your bike outside. Wheel security can include getting a wheel in when you lock your frame, a cable you put through your wheels in addition to frame lock, or security bolts that take the place of your quick release or axel bolts. Abus and Kryptonite lead the industry in bike theft protection and make all the things you need to keep your bike safe. Don’t forget to take anything of value off the bike after you lock it up.
Our favorite part of Bike to Work Day are the energizer stations set up around Dallas. Bike Friendly Oak Cliff usually has a mariachi band and breakfast tacos before you hit the viaduct on your way to downtown. We’ll be with the Friends of Santa Fe Trail from 7 am-9 am on the trail close to Deep Ellum with drinks, snacks, giveaways, and a bike mechanic doing quick fixes. Plan your route on May 17th accordingly to have more fun on your commute.
If your bike needs any love before Bike to Work Day, bring it by the shop at least 2 weeks before the big day. That will give us enough time to get it fixed and back to you before your ride.
Kristie Holt, Owner Local Hub Bicycle Co.