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Bike Commuting 101: Learn How to Get Started

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Bike Commuting 101: Learn How to Get Started

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SAN FRANCISCO - MAY 13: A bicyclist rides her bike down Market Street on Bike to Work Day May 13, 2010 in San Francisco, California. Thousands of bicyclists are expected to participate in the 16th annual Bike to Work Day event that promotes exercise and helps reduce pollution. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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With spring around the corner, now might be the perfect time to consider bicycling to work.

Ten miles is a totally doable commuting radius for cyclers, but first-timers may be understandably nervous. So non-profit organization Bike New York is putting on a Bike Commuting 101 presentation March 10 for those shaky on their pedals.

There's no riding involved, but the one-hour presentation provides plenty of information on making a bike commute "comfortable, efficient and safe."

Among some of the stuff that will be covered, according to Bike New York:

  • Selecting a bike
  • What to wear (helmets, bike clothes, being visible)
  • Gear for carrying cargo, riding after dark, and bad weather
  • Choosing the best route
  • Parking and locking your bike
  • Taking care of your body during and after the bike commute
  • Co-workers' perceptions of cyclists and bike commuters

No presentation is required, and the class is free.

The class tomorrow starts 6:30 p.m. at Eastern Mountain Sports at 530 Broadway in Soho.

There will also be giveaways from EMS for each attendee.

Learn more about the program at BikeNewYork.org.

RESOURCES:

NYC.gov's Bike Smart Brochure
BikeNewYork.org Commuting Resources
BiketoWorkInfo.org

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