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Whether it’s to boost your fitness, to stay healthy, or as an environmental choice, taking up riding your bike every day could be one of the best decisions you ever make. You are not convinced? Here’s why you should start cycling to work now:

Biking to work is linked to reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, and early death.

This is the outcome of a recent study which states that recreational cycling is not only associated with a lower risk of serious disease, but also with a longer life. Researcher from the University of Glasgow followed more than 260,000 cyclists in the UK for almost five years (52% women and 48% men ages 40 through 69). Regular, everyday cycling has huge benefits and will make you a fitter, healthier and happier person. Forget apples, riding’s the way to keep the doctor away.

Want to get started?

If you’re thinking of cycling to work, the following tips can help you getting started and staying safe while on the road:

  • Protection. Wear an appropriate helmet and clothing that is suitable for the weather. Wear reflective gear at night and in cloudy weather.
  • Maintenance. Make sure your bike fits you and that it is fit for road conditions. Mount a white light on the front of your bike and a red light on the back for night cycling.
  • Rules. Make sure to stick to the rules which apply for cyclists in your country.
  • Communication. Make eye contact with other road users and use hand signals to indicate what you’re about to do.

If your trip to work seems too risky to bike

If you’d like to bike, but are intimidated by the traffic along your route, check out Bikemap to find enjoyable routes to safely get to work in time. 😉

Astrid Koger

City biker and social media nerd. Astrid joined the Bikemap Team in August 2017 and is responsible for all community related tasks. When she's not posting on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, she's probably out riding her way around pretty streets of Vienna.