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Do you bike to work yet? Now is a good time to start! Next week is bike to work week, and South Florida Commuter Services is asking you to pledge to bike to work at least one day during the week of March 24-30. We already mentioned it here, but it is worth sharing a few more details. Sign up and you also get entered into a drawing for a $100 Winn-Dixie gift card. If one day is all you can manage, then try it. But we’re more demanding than Commuter Services, so we ask you to bike every single day of bike week. And after that, think about the rest of the year…

I recently started biking to work again, and it’s great! I’ve been doing it for 3 days now and I already feel more fit. It’s amazing how much better a little exercise helps you feel once you get to work in the morning.

The South Florida Commuter Services also has an amusing “Bike-O” contest that enters you to win a bicycle helmet if you do a number of activities on your bicycle. If you’re cycling that much, though, we hope you already have and use a helmet.

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6 Responses to Bike to Work—Take the Pledge

  1. Anonymous says:

    I enjoy biking to work, any suggestions for staying dry and or not getting stinky if there are no showers in your building? Baby wipes?

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  2. Anonymous says:

    Give it another month, I bet you’ll be dreading sitting at your job stinking, feeling oily and sweaty.

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  3. kingofrance says:

    I change into my work clothes once I get to the office. Bring a towel with you to get all the sweat/grime off and then toss some baby powder on yourself.

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  4. The Bum says:

    I very much enjoy bicycling to work (live on South Beach work downtown take the Venetian). There is a very small gym in our building and I pay the $18/month membership just to use the shower. There’s never ANYONE there and it’s always nice and clean. I do have to keep an eye on the forecast (this afternoon would have been bad), but the worst case scenario is I take the bike on the mover to the Omni and then throw it on the A bus. I haven’t owned a car in almost 14 years. South Florida traffic, drivers, roads, parking, etc. all suck.

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  5. JM Palacios says:

    Pretty tough to stay dry if it rains. I’m lucky enough to have a shower at my work (even though the water is cold!), so I would probably brave it rain or shine. the bum offered the best suggestion so far, take your bike on transit when it rains. Also, if you cannot find a shower, the transit ride will help keep you from getting as sweaty. Then you could bike all the way home.

    Changing clothes when you get to work, along with a basic wipe down with paper towels (baby wipes do sound better), is something I’ve done before and found it to work OK.

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  6. Sara says:

    I ride a Citizen folding bike (www.citizenbike.com) about 6 miles from the beach to the Design District to work and it’s been relatively fine. When it rains I fold it up and take the bus and I usually stash the bike in my office instead of locking it up outside.

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