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Bicycling To Work

BikeBR Ė A Community Bikeability Tool

BICYCLE & PEDESTRIAN SAFETY This document is in PDF format.  Download the free viewer from www.adobe.com | NEIGHBORHOOD BICYCLE SURVEY
LOUISIANA LAWS RELATED TO BICYCLING |HELPFUL LINKS
BICYCLE ROUTES, MAPS AND FACILITIES
CHILDREN AND STUDENTS ON BIKES
BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN PLANNING AND MEETINGS

MISSISSIPPI RIVER LEVEE BIKE PATH & ATTRACTIONS

CLOTHING TO CONSIDER | CLOTHES PACKING TIPS | WHERE TO PARK
 USING HAND SIGNALS | PLAN YOU ROUTE | CHOOSING A BIKE SHOP
LEARNING TIPS


Safety First! Always wear a helmet image

Clothing to Consider When Biking

Helmet
One should always wear a helmet, Be Safe!

Sunglasses/Goggles
To keep airborne debris out of your eyes.

Keyholder/Chain
Use to avoid loosing important items when wearing clothes without pockets.

Kerchief/Bandana
To wipe grime from bike contact or sweat from exertion.

Slacks/Pants
Wearing black or dark colored pants will not show grime from your bike chain. If you bike often in the same pair of pants the seat can get shiny or faded so wear loose shorts over the pants.

Ankle Strap
Strap to keep pant cuffs from getting caught in chain or front gears, this can cause a wreck.

Shirt/Blouse
Should be loose enough to let air in and stay cool.

Tuck Cuffs in Socks
To keep pants cuff from getting in chain or front gears.

Shoes
To keep your feet from slipping wear shoes with treads that will grip the pedals.

Clothing Packing Tips
If you do not want to wear your work clothes while riding because of the heat where you live or if you have an extra long ride here are some options:

Roll Clothing to Avoid Wrinkles
Fold where creases are least noticeable, Roll from top to bottom. Place belt and tie in shoes and put shoes with bottoms together to save space.

Bags for Carrying Clothes
Bag should not have any loose straps to get caught in chain or gears.

Clothes at Work
Be prepared! On the first day of the week take five days of clothes to work.

Dressing for the Ride
In warm weather wear loose t-shirts, tank-tops and shorts for good ventilation and wear a headband to keep sweat from  eyes or face.

In Cold Weather
Wear loose cycling clothes and windbreaker in layers so that you may remove in layers as you heat up.

At dusk or on Cloudy Days
One should wear white or light-colored clothing are easiest to see.

Using Hand Signals
Yes! Hand signaling is very important. You are sharing the road with other vehicles and must let them know where and when you are turning and stopping.

Plan Your Route
Choose a route with as few turns as possible. This might mean using one route to a destination and a different route from the destination.

Where to Park
If you park it outside, be sure to lock it so that it will not get stolen. Ask your boss to bring the bike inside.

Choosing a Bike Shop
One of the best ways to get good, regular maintenance is to find a good bike shop.

Ask Around
Converse with people that ride like you do and are satisfied with the maintenance on their bikes. Get the name of their bike shop.

Recommended Shop
Talk with the owner or manager and inquire to find a bike shop where you can regularly have your bike fixed.

Ask About Mechanics
Are they experienced bikers? Were you satisfied with the work?

How does the dealer react to your questions?
If they seem willing to spend time with you, you might have found a winner.

Want to know enough about repairs to keep your bike going in emergencies?
Or maybe you canít afford to pay a bike shop every time you need repairs. If so, learn to fix stuff yourself, itís easier than you might think!

Learning Tips

Take a Class
Many bike dealers, community colleges and bike clubs offer bike repair classes.

Purchase a Book from a local bookstore, bike shop or visit a library.

Get An Advisor
Find a friend or bike dealer that will advise you when you canít figure stuff out.