Today is #ride2work day. It was about 8 years ago when I first started commuting by bike across the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the CBD, and then beyond. I had some sketchy moments and learned a lot, about myself and others. I built great relationships and a taste for fine coffee. I saved countless hours by beating the traffic to my destination. The time I did spend commuting was positive; time away from a screen, time to think, time to relate with others. My fitness improved and I always felt more awake and ready for work when I rode.
Cycling to work brings obvious societal benefits of reduced congestion, improved public health, zero greenhouse gas emissions or air and noise pollution plus benefits to community. Commuting by bike brings a net positive to the economy (it’s been argued $21/commute).
Did I mention it was FUN?
Now I work from home I actually miss my commute.
I understand commuting by bike isn’t practical for everyone, but you might be surprised how easy it is. Maybe once a month you can coordinate your work clothes, tools, laptop or school drop off so it can be just you and your bike for one morning. It’s also possible to haul a lot of gear on a bike, even more with the assistance of an e-bike. There are plenty of people ready and willing to offer route advice, show you the way or even lend a bike. If you’re keen to give it a crack, just ask. You might like it!