Bike to work day tips

Posted at 8:06 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 20:06:29-04

Bike to Work Week is May 14th through May 18th and Bike to Work Day is on Friday, May 18th.

"Ride your bike to work day is Friday technically, but for me ride your bike to work day is everyday," Matthew Anger said.

Anger is an avid cyclist. He bikes nearly 20 miles round trip from his Cheektowaga home to South Buffalo for his job every day. He has been commuting on his bike since the 70s.

"America has developed a car culture and everybody thinks they really need a car to get around, but they really don't," Anger said.

So now he's encouraging others to ditch their four wheels. 

The League of American Bicyclists say 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles making bicycling a feasible option to get around.

Anger says biking to work is not just good for your health and the environment... it's also good for your wallet when you factor in how much you could save on gas. Perhaps that's why the number of people biking to work in the U.S. grew from 2000 to 2013 by more than 62%.

Anger says he recommends: riding at least three feet from the curb, watch out for pot holes and hazards in the road.

He also says to make sure you have the right gear: wrap around UV protective glasses, har shell helmet, gloves, and a light. 

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