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Heading Back to the Office? Ride Your eBike to Work

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Many people have been working from home for the past couple of years. Some will be working from home permanently, but others are returning to the offices at least part-time.

As you head back into the office, think about the things that you can change to improve your commute or even your total work experience. Cycling is a great way to enjoy the fresh air, cut down on fuel emissions, and stay socially distanced.

If you live in a state that supports biking to work, you will find things like bike lanes and possibly even incentive programs. States like California are coming out with programs to help people afford eBikes. It might just be the perfect time to consider taking an eBike to work.

Take a look at these details to decide if an eBike to work is right for you and how you should plan for the ride.

Enjoy the Ride

Riding an eBike to work doesn’t have to be some major inconvenience. In fact, it can be convenient and even fun. The benefits of an eBike are that you don’t have to worry about high gas prices, and the bike helps you pedal so you’re not putting in as much physical labor and getting hot or sweaty on your commute to work.

If you’re thinking you could never cycle to work because it’s a few miles away, think again. Thanks to the pedal assist, you can move much faster than a regular bicycle and you can often put less effort into the peddling process if you need or want to.

This gives you the flexibility to keep your ride efforts light so it’s not a total workout. But it’s still going to be great physical activity at the same time! You can slow down and enjoy the view and the fresh air around you. When was the last time you did that?

Tips for Taking Your eBike to Work

If you plan to start riding to work, you do need to know some basic things so that you can plan for the ride. You can’t just jump on the bike and go. If you want to plan your commute smartly, there are several things to consider. It’s not just about taking the fastest route; you also need to consider safety and other elements as well.

  • Plan your route

  • Consider the weather

  • Pack for the Ride

  • Ride together

  • You don’t have to ride every day

Plan Your Route

First things first: if you want to take your eBike to work, take the time to plan your route. There are several things to consider when planning the route. You want to keep the time the commute will take in mind, but you also want to think about which route will be the best for your bike.

Safety is critical, so you need to choose a route that will be safe to ride. You can also consider elements like the terrain, the ride itself, and traffic. Think about eliminating intersections and avoiding high-traffic areas or using routes that have dedicated bike lanes.

Some mapping apps like Waze and Google Maps actually allow you to choose a bike route to create your plan for the safest route. Plan the route before you go so you don’t have to worry on the fly.

Consider the Weather

The weather will definitely impact your ride. If it’s raining or sleeting, you might need to consider an alternative. If you do ride in inclement weather, dress appropriately and allow extra time as the weather could slow you down some.

We recommend checking the forecast shortly before heading out. Don’t just look at the immediate weather; also check what is expected throughout the day. This allows you the chance to plan accordingly if there is bad weather expected near the end of the day.

Choose to ride safely and be weather-aware. Don’t ride your eBike in weather that could be hazardous. You need to consider the safety of the ride as well as how that weather might affect your bike.

Pack for the Ride

We recommend packing for success on your ride. Think about all the things you need. Will you be riding in comfortable clothes and then changing at the office? Be sure to wear safe riding shoes and then change those if needed.

You need to have things in case the weather turns on you. Don’t forget to pack your workplace items as well. Find some way to secure these to your bike and be sure it is safe so they don’t cause a mishap.

Some riders simply pack a backpack. This is an option, but you can choose what you are comfortable with.

Ride Together & Schedule Riding

We’re going to pair the last two bullets together. It’s great if you can find some other riding buddies to pair up with. It can improve safety, and it also just might make your ride more enjoyable.

Finally, you don’t necessarily have to ride your eBike to work every day. You can start small and always adjust if you need to. Start by changing one or two days a week or schedule your ride days for good weather.

Whatever you do, plan in such a way that riding won’t just become a nuisance.

Let’s Make a Change!

Riding your eBike to work is a great way to make a positive change and a positive impact. You can support your own physical health, without having to get sweaty and gross before work.

You have plenty of options to choose from; they are reliable for work commutes and you can choose the eBike that best meets your needs. Just remember to plan for your riding and keep safety elements in mind before you head out. Enjoy!

Amenorhu kwaku
Amenorhu Kwaku

Amenorhu kwaku is an author, internet marketer and entrepreneur. He is the founder of SuccessValley, a network community for students and aspiring entrepreneurs