Why do I commute by bike? For lots of reasons:
Refuse to give in to Bike Commuting Excuses!
I’m too out of shape! Ride at an easy pace; in a few months you will be in great shape.
It takes too long! Trips under three miles are quicker by bike, trips of five to seven miles in urban areas may take the same time or less as by car.
It is too far! Try riding to work and taking mass transit home, then alternating the next day, or ride your bike to a coworker’s house and carpool to work.
There is no place to keep my bike! There are bike racks being installed all over Dorchester and more racks have been requested. Check DotBike’s website for a map of bike rack locations.
My bike is too beat up… Take it to a reputable local bike shop and have them tune up your bike to good working order.
I will need to shower! Most commuters don’t shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry. Wear a light T shirt under your outfit that you can remove once in the office.
But I have to dress up! Keep some key clothing items at work, or pack clothes with you and change at work.
It’s raining! Fenders for your bike and raingear for your body will keep you dry. Or just take a day off from riding!
I have to run errands, pick up my farmers’ market share… There are lots of ways to add baskets or other carrying options to your bike.
The roads aren’t safe… I personally have never had a problem riding in Dorchester, it is important to pay attention, just as you would driving a car. Bikers who obey traffic signs, ride on the right (not on the sidewalks!), signal their turns, stop at red lights, wear bright clothing and a helmet, should be fine. Email us if you’d like to schedule a bike commuting workshop at your workplace.