Riding your bike is a great exercise and it’s good for the environment as compared to a fuel-consuming vehicle. However, is it a good idea to ride your bike to work? We asked for opinions, and here are the top reasons why that might not be such a good idea;
1. Dangerous Navigating City Traffic
I don’t cycle to work because it’s dangerous when you cycle in a big city with so much traffic like it’s the case in London. If you have a mechanical problem on your bike, you can have serious injuries if a car smashes against you. Add the fact that your focus is not totally on what you are doing, but on the work you need to submit, the deadline that is finishing, or maybe you are late. All this decreases your focus on cycling and can lead to accidents. That’s why I don’t cycle to work.
Hugo Guerreiro, Founder of The Men Hero, a Men’s lifestyle blog
2. Lack of Protection
From a security and safety standpoint, you should not ride a bike to work because:
- It has no protection against reckless vehicle drivers (even if you are very careful);
- You are exposed to the elements before you get to work (and on your way home);
- Dogs (and other wild animals) can bite your leg if they catch up with you;
- Potholes are not so kind to bicycle riders (or bicycles for that matter);
Public transport may be a safer option if you are considering an environment-friendly alternative to driving your own car.
Edward Eugen, Founder 10Beasts
3. You’ll Arrive Sweaty and Smelly
Biking to work will make you sweaty and smelly even before the workday starts. This is a big problem, especially for client-facing jobs since they always have to look presentable to their clients. When they are sweaty and smelly, they might lose clients and the company may even be tagged as someone who allows poor hygiene among its employees. This will then lower customer retention and profit, and if it continues, may lead to employee retrenchment. Hence, please do not ride your bike to work.
Scott Hasting, Co-Founder BetWorthy LLC
4. Unnecessary Socialization
Cycling to work can waste your time if you have to stop and greet everyone. Unlike vehicles, particularly public transport, you cannot wave and pass when you see familiar faces. If anything, you might be cycling on the same paths that people walk. Therefore, expect to stop and greet several people, especially if your workplace is close to your home, meaning you will know more people.
The thing is, you cannot stop a car on a busy road to greet people. In such cases, a wave is understandable. In short, cycling to work exposes you to unnecessary socialization, which might waste your time to or from the office.
5. The Rain
A bicycle ride on a cold morning can be a great way to start the day, but what happens when it rains? Since cyclists are exposed to the elements, it will be scary meeting the rain or a blizzard on your way to work. This might risk your career since not all employers will take an “I had to go back and dry up” excuse if this happens.
Thomas Brown, the CEO of Wigsmaster
6. You Lose On The Mileage Cash
You should also think twice about cycling to work if you have a mileage allowance. Some employers cater for the mileage that their employees cover while on official errands. As such, if you swap the car for a bicycle, you lose out on the allowances that come with driving a vehicle. However, if you are the type that cares for Mother Nature over your wallet, cycling remains a viable means of getting to work.
7. You Mess With Your Appearance
Cycling to work will destroy your makeup unless you are bald and apply nothing to your skin after a bath. Helmets are worn on the head and the on-off process can destroy your hair and mess with any applications on your face. The last thing you want when you get to work is restarting the grooming process. Women are particularly affected since they have long hair that is obviously affected by wearing a helmet, not to mention several makeup applications they have on their faces.
8. You Part With Family Traditions
When you cycle to work, you cannot drag your spouse and kids along to drop them at their respective places before going to work. We could say that cycling destroys this family tradition that humans have always enjoyed. Not unless you live alone and have no one that might benefit from you owning a car and offering them a lift, then you might have to drop the idea.
Chris Brown, CEO of Tudor House Immigration Services
9. Unforeseen Damage and Filth to Your Work Outfit
This is why my biggest reason not to ride a bike to work is that it can cause unforeseen damage and filth to penetrate your nice business wear or khakis. I cannot count the number of times that someone pointed out to me that there were grease stains on my pants from the ankle to the knee inside of my leg.
While a lot of the time I could get through the day- there were just as many times where I was forced to avoid standing, specifically during meetings with clients who visited from other companies. Another factor to consider is puddles, especially if it just got done raining. You know those scenes in some movies where busses fly by pedestrians and soak them with dirty rainwater? Well, this has happened to me once. I had to turn right back around and go home and change, resulting in being late to work.
The best thing you can do is just don’t put yourself in that position- and leave your bike for your after-work hobby or exercise. Thankfully now my work is in the bicycle industry and I work from home, so no more issues for me.
Perry Knight, Lead Editor Wheelie Great
10. Lack of Safety From Criminals
Biking to work might be eco-friendly, but it’s actually not the safest form of transport. In some cities, it’s outright dangerous to bike and taking that risk every single day is not worth it. In some developing countries, you also run the risk of getting mugged while you are traveling to work. If you work Monday to Friday for most of the year, statistically speaking, your chances are much higher of having something bad happen. Public transport is more effective, safer, and still more environmentally friendly when compared to driving a car.
Emma Miles, Co-Founder PawsomeAdvice