Get a check up! Both you and your bike need to be ready to ride. If
you have any reason to be concerned about starting a new program of
physical activity you'll want to consult your doctor before getting
started. Bicycling is a great low-impact activity that can help you get
your recommended daily dose of exercise without spending long
boring hours at the gym.
Your bike may need a check up too. The City of Calgary has an
ABC quick check which outlines some basic things to inspect on your
bicycle before every ride. You can view this document at
www.calgary.ca, type in key word:
You might also
want to consider having a professional tune-up. Find a bicycle shop
that you trust and feel free to ask questions. Bike shops can be great
Checkout our Bike to Work Sponsor links below:
Plan your route!
Getting to work by bike isn't going to be the same experience as getting there by car or bus.
Check out the City of Calgary's Cycle Pathways section to learn more at www.calgary.ca,
Follow the Rules of the Road:
For the most part Calgary law treats bicycles as vehicles just like cars,
motorcycles, limos etc. So, just like a driver, there are certain laws
that you have a responsibility to follow. Here are the three most
important for day-to-day cycling:
1. Ride to the right of the road; go with the traffic not against it.
Drivers are used to looking a certain way to see if anyone is coming
before they turn. Riding the wrong direction (against traffic) makes
you more likely to get hit. As you ride with traffic keep to the far
right of the lane you need to use.
2. Ideally, try to give yourself about three feet between you and traffic and three feet on the
other side between you and the parked cars. This way you can avoid dangers from either