Overcoming bike commuting excuses

9 Solutions to common non-commuting excuses 

I’m out of shape

Ride at an easy pace; in a few months you will be in great shape.

Ride your route on a weekend to find the easiest way to work.

You will improve your fitness when you become a regular bike commuter.


It takes too long

The average commuter travels at 15 km/h; the more you ride, the faster you will become.

Trips of less than five km will be quicker by bike.

Trips of 8 to 12 km in urban areas may take the same time or less as by car.


It’s too far

Try riding to work and taking public transport home, then alternating the next day.

Combine riding and public transport to shorten your commute.

Ride to a co-worker’s house and carpool to work.


No bike parking

Look around for a storage area in your building or office.

Stash your bike in a covered, secure place such as a closet or even your office.

•Ask employer to provide bike parking, or lock it up outside.


My bike is in bad shape

Tell a reputable bike shop that you are commuting and have them tune up your bike.

If you can’t maintain your bike yourself, identify bike shops near your route.

Make sure that your bike is reliable and in good working order before you ride.


No showers

Most commuters don’t shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry.

Ride home at a fast pace if you want a workout; shower when you get there.

•Gyms offer showers; get a discounted membership for showers only.


I have to dress up

Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you drive.

Have work clothes cleaned at nearby laundromats or dry cleaners.

Pack clothes with you and change at work; try rolling clothes instead of folding.


It’s raining

•Mudguards for your bike and waterproof clothing for your body will keep you dry.

If you are at work, take public transport or carpool to get home; ride home the next day.

Take public transport or drive if you don’t have the gear to ride comfortably in the rain.


The roads aren’t safe

Obey traffic signs, ride assertively, signal turns, and stop at lights.

•Get cycle training.

Wear bright clothing.

You are at no greater risk than driving a car.

Wear a helmet.

Join CAN and make a positive difference.


I have to run errands

Bolt a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity.

Lock your bike while you are away from it.

Allow extra time to get to scheduled appointments and find parking.

Encourage your employer to provide a bicycle fleet for office use.