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Bicycling takes a healthier path to save gas on your ride to work

By Don Mecoy Published: May 14, 2008

/> My experience with local motorists has been nearly always positive. One driver even stopped Tuesday morning to let me claim a lane as I approached a stop light at Memorial Road and Sante Fe Avenue. McKnight said his experiences in sharing the road with cars and trucks have been similar.

"We're Oklahoma City; not New York City,” he said.

Sure, riding a bike can be inconvenient. I carried my work clothes in my backpack, and my commute was about four times longer than it takes by car.

But it's an interesting and healthy experience. Meanwhile, my colleague Jim Stafford, who rode the bus to work on Tuesday, arrived at the office about an hour after I had showered, dressed and sat down at my desk.

One tip for aspiring two-wheeled commuters: Don't ride into gale-force winds the day after donating blood.

Biking to work
•Always wear a helmet.

•Wear appropriate shoes and comfortable clothes in bright colors that enhance your visibility.

•Before riding, inspect your bike for safety and

mechanical concerns.

•Plan and know your route by walking or driving it first. Select a route that uses less-traveled streets and avoid busy roads and intersections.

•Obey all traffic laws — stop signs, traffic lights, and other posted signs, signal turns, lane changes and stops.

•Continuously scan for traffic, look for road hazards, and ride in a predictable manner with the flow of traffic.

•Ride with the flow of traffic as far to the right as practical unless passing or turning.

•Be aware of turning automobiles, buses making frequent stops, passengers exiting parked vehicles, vehicles exiting driveways and pedestrians.

•Carry drinking water, emergency maintenance tools and a mobile phone.

Source: Association of Central Oklahoma Governments

See video of Business Writers Don Mecoy and Jim Stafford as they took alternative modes of transportation to work Tuesday.


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