Make Sure Your Bike Fits
A good bike should be like a good pair of jeans—it should fit you perfectly. Having a bike that’s right for you and a comfortable seat can make your travels easier and more enjoyable. Visit a local bike shop and have them assess if your bike fits you and your needs. You can try out different seats to see what kind you prefer.
Know the Laws
The Minnesota Department of Transportation’s Share the Road campaign lists the top eight rules of the road in MN.
- Bicyclists may ride on all Minnesota roads, except where restricted.
- Bicyclists should ride on the road, and they must ride in the same direction as traffic.
- Motorists must maintain a three-foot clearance at all times when passing a bicyclist.
- Bicyclists must obey all traffic control signs and signals, just as motorists do.
- Motorists and bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to each other.
- Bicyclists must signal their turns and should ride in a predictable manner.
- Bicyclists must use a headlight and rear reflectors when it’s dark. To increase visibility, add a rear flashing light.
- Bicyclists should always wear helmets.
Ready for Work or School
Appearing presentable at work or school after a ride is a concern for many people considering bicycle commuting. Here are some ideas:
- If your trip is short, or you can ride at a relaxed pace, you may be able to ride in your work clothes (an ankle strap will keep your pant leg out of the chain).
- Store your bicycle in a rack on the bus or train on the way to work then pedal home.
- If you need to change clothing, you can either leave clothes at work or carry them with you.
- Your employer may have shower and locker facilities available, or you may be able to find facilities nearby your workplace (in the same building, for instance).
- Your employer may have a room where you can privately change into work clothes and clean up.
- Changing in the restroom and freshening up is always an option. You may want to bring or store toiletries and a towel (pack towels are super absorbent, small, and light). Some bicyclists use baby wipes to freshen up.
Take a bike when you need one, and return it to any station in the system when you arrive at your destination. It’s fast, easy, and affordable.
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