Making Cycling a Part of Your Daily Life - dummies

Making Cycling a Part of Your Daily Life

Part of Cycling For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

When you’re new to cycling, or if you haven’t cycled regularly for a while, you might see the prospect of making cycling a part of your daily routing as something of a challenge. But cycling more is easy – you just need to think ahead and plan a little. Spend time in the saddle on a regular basis and you’ll save yourself money and get fit at the same time.

Here are a few ways to make cycling part of your daily routine:

  • It’s not all or nothing: You don’t have to commute every day if at first it seems too much. Plan out your week, fitting in the amount of cycling that suits you.

  • You don’t have to ride all the way: Ride to the station, or ride to a station further down the line. Cycle as much as you have time for.

  • Keep your helmet next to your car keys: When you’re heading out to the shops, ride instead of driving. You get there quicker and, if you only take a small backpack or pannier, you’re very likely to spend less.

  • Cycle with the children to school: Healthy exercise for everyone and you get to avoid that congestion outside the school.

  • Find a safer route: Just because you drive on main roads, doesn’t mean you have to cycle on them. Find a safer, quieter route and you’ll feel much happier setting off in the morning.

  • Motivate yourself: Don’t tell yourself that you can’t – keep reminding yourself that you can. You’ll feel much better when you do.