According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average American household spends 25 percent of its income on car transportation costs. This includes gas and maintenance, such as oil changes and repairs. That’s a huge part of your income that could be spent on a luxury vacation, a new addition to your home or extra money for retirement. Instead, try biking—the new way to commute.
Preparing for Your Cycling Commute
Before hopping on two wheels, you must prepare ahead of time to avoid an accident or injury.
- Pick up a community map from your local tourist office to identify bike routes, lanes and trails.
- Practice your route on the weekend or drive it in your car to make sure that it is safe.
- Know the laws that apply to bikers and how to interact with motorists while sharing the road.
While on Two Wheels
- Use hand signals to indicate stops and turns for other bikers and motorists.
- Wear brightly colored clothing to increase visibility.
- Make eye contact with motorists so they know you are there and can anticipate your next move.
- Wear a helmet.
- Bring along a water bottle in case you get thirsty, especially on a hot day.
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