Monday, March 23, 2009

Errands by bike

It seems that most people in the Metro DC area have full schedules and getting out on the bike can be a challenge. The best way is to incorporate bicycling into your lifestyle, especially by commuting to work. There are many options for commuting; bike-only, bike-transit, or bike-car. All Metro and Fairfax Connector buses have racks to carry two bikes, so the bike-bus option can be very appealing, especially to overcome barriers to bicycling like the Beltway or other non-bike-friendly areas. Bike to Work Day on Friday May 15 is a great way to celebrate bike commuting.

Oftentimes errands are left for the weekends, which for many people means several short trips by car. However, if you can figure out how to carry a few items on the bike, many of those errands can be done by bike. As an example, my wife and I usually ride to the market on Saturday mornings, then stop somewhere for lunch on the return trip. We can easily carry the market items in our panniers. The trip often includes stops at the bank or the hardware store. We get exercise, we have fun, and we're not burning any fossil fuels. If you don't do it already, next weekend why not try running a few errands by bike?

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