Tired of the stressful drive to work each morning? Is the “L” or light rail too crowded? Biking to work provides many benefits to your physical health, mental health and efficiency. Below are five reasons why biking to work may be your best way to commute.
With the exception of the cost of your actual bike, riding it to work each day is free. You’ll save a surprising amount of money when you don’t need to pay for public transportation or parking every day.
Members of Assemble’s Chicago and Minneapolis shared office spaces enjoy free bike storage as well. And if you don’t own your own bike, our members receive exclusive discounts on Divvy shared bikes.
Being stuck in traffic or crammed in a train car can be stressful first thing in the morning. It might not be the best way to start your day. Riding your bike allows you freedom during your commute. You can ride past car congestion or take an alternate route to avoid construction.
Your bike is a gym on wheels. You’ll burn calories and get your blood flowing before your work day starts. Biking is a great cardiovascular workout. It’s also a great way to start working out if you haven’t done so in a while because it isn’t as taxing on your body as running or other fitness exercises.
Whether you work at one of Assemble’s two Chicago coworking spaces or at our Minneapolis space, you’re in a city that is pretty bike friendly. Minneapolis has consistently ranked at or near the top of lists of the most bike-friendly cities in the world (Star Tribune). Chicago is consistently named in the top ten biking city in the US by Bicycling Magazine (Minneapolis is #1 this year).
Since 2012, you can get up to $20/month in tax-free reimbursements for biking to work. You just need to bike at least three days/week. The reimbursement covers bike repairs, storage costs and other expenses (More info).