The temperatures are heating up, the skies are clear, and there is no better time to switch up your work commute. Friday, May 20th is National Bike to Work Day! The purpose of this holiday is to encourage people to explore other modes of transportation for their commute. In cities all across America, there will be games, celebrations, and education surrounding bike lanes and safety. Whether you are an avid biker or nervous about getting out on the road, this week is a great time to try biking to work!
With the prevalence of bike lanes, rideshares, and storage solutions, biking to work has never been easier. Many apartment buildings and office buildings have bike racks or indoor rooms for storage. If you do not want to commit to owning a bike, bike shares are the best solution. E-bikes are perfect for beginners or those with some hills in their commute. For DC-area residents, Capital Bikeshare has membership options and is offering free 45-minute rides on Friday! It is the perfect day to give biking a try.
Biking is great for your physical and mental wellbeing. It improves cardiovascular and aerobic fitness, which are essential to one’s health. Those who exercise on morning commutes can expect to feel happier, have increased energy, and lower blood pressure. These impacts will be felt throughout the workday, as you may feel more focused and productive. Plus, you do not need to worry about making time for the gym since you have already exercised!
Also, the impact of biking on your wallet does not hurt either! With gas prices rising, it is a sustainable and cost-effective commuting alternative.
For those who live far from their office or face barriers like highways, biking to work may not be feasible. Instead, try swapping out one car ride a week for the bike. You can bike to and from the metro station on the way to the office. Or, make your swap during the weekend and bike to a local destination in your town. Many towns have bike paths that can easily take you around, avoiding major roads. Look on your local town’s website for trail information.
With two locations in D.C., AdvantEdge Workspaces is an easy bike-to-work destination. For those in Northern Virginia or downtown D.C., the L Street location is perfect for biking. If you live in Northwest D.C. or Montgomery County, the Chevy Chase location is for you. No matter where you are, an AdvantEdge space is within pedaling distance! Head to your nearest bike share station, grab a ride, and come check out our offices today.