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Four Reasons Why You're Not Bike Commuting, and How to Fix That!
The Transportation Research Board Business Office in Washington D.C. recently released the results of a study that examined the psychological factors associated with deter commuting by bicycle.
While everyone can find a reason to not commute by bike, there are plenty of arguments that will help you change your mind.

Reason #1:

Potential riders perceive bicycle commuters as young, energetic and physically fit, and equipped with special clothes or cycling gear.

Why it shouldn't stop you:

Age is nothing but a number, especially when it comes to cycling. You don't need to be young or fit to start commuting. Cycling is low impact so it's great for older people, and fitness comes with turning the pedals. There are also plenty of great gear and bike options out there that won’t break the bank, and won’t make you feel like you’re over- or under-dressed.

Reason #2:

Potential riders are worried about how to maintain a professional work image if they cycled to work.

Why it shouldn't stop you:

You don't need to show up at work wearing a full kit of lycra. Most people who commute do it in street clothes, but there are plenty of companies that make commuter style clothing options that will hold up better on the saddle.
Also, if you don't want to be sweaty at work and you don't have access to a shower, baby wipes, deodorant, and a spare set of clothes will go a long way in hiding the fact that you were on the bike.

Reason #3:

Potential riders felt that they couldn’t commute by bicycle because they needed to have a personal car available for such purposes as work duties or errands, chauffeuring kids or a pet, or carrying bulky items to and from work.

Why it shouldn't stop you:

Of course, you won't be able to ride a bike everywhere. However, the amount of racks, panniers, and even cargo-specific bike options out there should easily suite most of your errand running needs.

Reason #4:

Potential riders are worried about the safety of cycling, with a particular focus on driver inattention and fears about cycling in the dark.

Why it shouldn't stop you:

Cycling can be dangerous, but then again, so is anything in life. In fact, not exercising or taking the time to be active is arguably much worse for your health than a few miles ridden at dusk.
To minimize the risk of cycling, get some bright, front and rear facing lights, always wear a helmet, and be aware of laws and your legal rights on the bike.
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5 comments
#4 is my only concern but another one is the distance. It's 25.3 miles one way. That's a lot...
@Spudsy2061 Riding in traffic can take some getting used to, but it's generally not as difficult as it may seem. The same can go for distance. I had a colleague who came to work everyday by bike, outside of snow. His commute was a little under 90miles each way.
@Spudsy2061 An option for that distance could be using your bike in combination with public transportation. So a bus or train for a significant leg of the trip with cycling in between. I understand though, riding 50miles a day everyday is not very....user friendly.
Biking to work is easy if you live in a city, if you live outside of a city it's usually not as easy