Getting out of your car and onto your bike is one of the easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint, get in shape, and save some cash!

With all that going for it, why aren’t more folks ditching their cars and pedaling their way around town? There are a ton of excuses, some legit, some not so much. You don’t have to cycle everywhere to make an impact. Even replacing a few car trips a week makes a difference, and you just might find that the more you ride, the more you want to ride. Here are some resources from around the GO network to help get you going!

  • Get motivated with Gavin Hudson’s Better Living Through Biking.
  • Planet Save highlights the bailout package’s tax break for bike commuters.
  • Not sure what sort of bike is right for you? Shane Jordan has some tips for choosing the right ride!
  • Over at Crafting a Green World, check out some DIY solutions to beating the heat when you ride.
  • Ecolocalizer points you to the BikeWise community: a great resource for finding potential pitfalls along your route.
  • Planet Save’s Janel Sterbentz tells us why she rides her bike to work, even when it’s raining.
  • Adam Williams at Sustainablog calculates cycling’s benefits to the planet and to your pocketbook.

Once you get out there on two wheels, you might wish that more motorists had read Kelli Best-Oliver’s Six Rules of the Road to Keep Everyone Safe. Check out the comments, too for some great tips. The rules go both ways – cyclists need to obey the rules of the road if we want cars to treat us with respect.

Are you a part time or full time bike commuter? Share your tips and tales in the comments!

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