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This Friday is National Bike to Work Day. If you are considering bicycle commuting this year, congratulations on reducing vehicle emissions. Every little bit helps. Before you make that first bicycling commute, it's important to be prepared. Here are a few tips.

1.     Know the rules of the road! For your safety, and others, be sure you understand the rules of road for cyclists here in Ohio.

2.     Select a safe route. You may want to drive your route, during non-peak times, to be sure your route is safe. Look for wide berms. Anticipate busy intersections and understand the traffic light cycles, especially for multi-lane intersections with right and left turn only lanes and signals. Avoid construction zones.bike commuter

3.     Map your route: you can use this easy online tool to determine the distance of your route from home to your worksite: https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/

4.     Since we’re talking safety, it’s a good idea to have your bike tuned up before you begin riding each season. A tune-up and safety check includes tire wear and inflation; brake pad wear; the strength and lubrication of the chain; and the effectiveness of the gear shifters and corresponding chainrings and crank. In addition, a thorough bike tune-up will ensure that your rims are “true”, that is, perfectly circular, with no bends or weak spokes.

5.     Ok, last safety tip: be sure to wear a well-fitting helmet. Helmets are lightweight and comfortable, while designed to protect your head. This handy guide lists top rated helmets by Consumer Reports.

Happy cycling!

Posted by joy.landry  On May 18, 2021 at 10:15 AM