Do you know a morning person? Maybe that one friend who foregoes alarm clocks, enjoys morning workouts, and prepares elaborate breakfasts while singing happily before the sun even rises? Commuting to work might not be tough for a happy morning person, but for late risers who snooze alarms and scarf down food in the morning, the rush to work can be hectic! Beyond waking up, the worst part is often the long commute itself. When Google Maps turns red, buckle your seat belt for a painfully slow journey with bumper to bumper traffic and honking to ensue. Another option is to cram into mass transit vehicles like trains, subways and buses, but that’s uncomfortable to say the least.
Bicycle Commuters on the Rise
Even if the commute is not too bad, other reasons have contributed to the steady rise in biking to work in cities across America . While the national average of biking commuters remains under 1%, cities like Cambridge, MA, Key West, FL, Minneapolis, MI and San Francisco, CA have noticeable populations of bicycling commuters ranging from 5 – 18% in size. In San Francisco particularly, American Community Survey data indicates a growth from 3.2% to 5.2% in 2009 to 2015. This translates to an estimated 82,000 bike trips a day within San Francisco. Whether it is to save money from traveling costs, to helping the environment, positive reasons for biking to work are bountiful.
Join the Community
Additionally, grassroot efforts by advocacy groups within cities like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition , have created profound change. In San Francisco, local governmental agencies like the SFMTA have worked on numerous projects to improve intersections, bike lanes and streets to accommodate commuters in the city. Additionally, resources are given to people interested in beginning to bike to work with lessons and guides on their website. An annual Bike to Work Day also encourages groups to rally and bike together to work in San Francisco, mixing beginner bikers and experienced commuters.
Getting Started: Choosing the Right Bike
If you cannot stand driving your car at a snail’s pace to work or want to help the environment more, it may be time to try biking to work in San Francisco. There are plenty of resources available and you need not venture on your own! Commuting groups are present throughout the city with experienced bikers ready to assist you to work. If you don’t have a bike, stop by a local bike shop like Valencia Cyclery. We sell new bikes and bike accessories , offer tune-ups , and perform repairs. If you have any questions about what bike to start with, call us today and we can help you decide on the details for your perfect bike!