Bike to Work | Get a Co-worker on Board

Bike to Work with Co-workers

May is Bike to Work Month in most cities across the US and plenty of women and men will be commuting to work for the first time. Co-workers and employers can play a huge part in getting someone started biking – it was how I got motivated to bike in Seattle.

I encourage all of you (men and women) to reach out to your office mates and get one new rider on board, whether for the entire month or just Bike to Work Day (dates vary by city). Here’s how…

  1. Share your story. How did you start? Why do you still do it? What is the best part? What is the hardest part? How do you freshen up at the office? What do you wear? Or share this story from a novice rider in Grist.
  2. Offer to help them find a bike to rent, borrow or buy. Bike shops and Craigslist can be overwhelming for someone that doesn’t already bike or know much about biking.
  3. Buy them Everyday Bicycling by Elly Blue. This easy read is perfect for anyone interested in biking for transportation.
  4. Help them plan their route. Pull out a map, mark it up and offer to ride it with them on a weekend.
  5. Be a resource. Share your your favorite links like Tips for Commuters by the League of American Bicyclists, city specific guides and tips (like this post from Seattle Bike Blog), or Top Ten Tips for First-time Bike Commuters and How to Bike to Work and Enjoy it from Momentum Magazine.
  6. Ride with them on their first (and second or third) day. Leave a little early and offer to stop and grab a coffee and pastry on the way.
  7. Continue to encourage and recognize them. Don’t forget to tell your that you noticed their bike parked outside or ask them how it’s going and give them praise for getting choosing to bike.

P.S. If you’re in New York, take them to No Sweat: A Girls’ Guide to Bicycling in New York City with Susi Wunsch of VeloJoy and Julie Hirschfeld of Adeline Adeline.

P.P.S. Women need more opportunities to ride together – create your own or join a CycloFemme ride and invite a co-worker or friend on May 12 and tell the world that WE RIDE TOGETHER.

Image via Velorution.

 

Bike Style from Paris

Paris Bike Style

I love her bright, tone on tone outfit, especially with her beautiful hair color. She’s definitely wearing one of my favorite outfits for biking to work – tights, a modest heel, and a long jacket most likely hiding a bike-ready dress or skirt and blouse combo. Bike Style via Eleonore Bridge.

 

Stylish Bike Helmets

Stylish Bike Helmets

It seems that more often than not, women are asking for a stylish bike helmet. Bike Pretty has a great helmet round up and I’ve got my favorite minimal picks here today.

1. Sahn Helmets, I love the matte finish and sleek lines, sold via Heritage Bicycles, $129 2. Bobbin Gold Helmet, the perfect combo of statement and staple, $60 3. Giro Reverb, this is the helmet I wear, super lightweight and understated, $60 at REI.

 

Boys on Bikes

Handsome Men on Bikes

Much like my high school obsession with boys on skateboards, I just love a well styled man on a bike. Image via The Brown Workshop.

 

Stylish Pants for Biking

Stylish Pants for Biking

Earlier this year we asked what women were looking for in the perfect bike pants and what they currently were wearing. Most said that stretch, skinny cut and versatility were the winning factors – lucky for us, these are all on trend. That said, we are still faced with rear exposure from low waists and the never ending search. That’s why I’ve got another round up of my favorites – this time, stylish pants for biking.

1. Gap Legging Jean, these have quite a bit of stretch, a mid-rise for coverage, and come in sooo many colors, on sale now for $39.99 2. Outlier Daily Riding Pant, these pants are legendary with 4-way stretch and doubleweave fabric (similar to our skirt), made in New York City, $225 3. The J.Crew Minnie have been my go-to pants for biking since I started, a straight cut and perfect for the office, $89 4. BDG High-rise Twig Jeans from Urban Outfitters are a great weekend option, super stretch and a high waist for guaranteed coverage (also available in mid-rise), $58