Explore Your City | #NewYearNewCommute

explore-your-cityDuring the month of January, we are posting about resolutions and commute options as part of our New Year, New Commute series. A few posts ago we talked about resolutions that require a little extra time, like learning something new or reading and writing more. Instead of carving into your sleep time to dig into a new book, we recommended revolutionizing your commute time. Today we will be talking about using public transit to explore your city. Continue reading

Bike Safety | #LightenUp

lightenup-3We all share the responsibility to make sure North Carolina roads are safe for everyone, including pedestrians and bicyclists. Safe places to walk and bike are important for supporting active, vibrant communities.

The Lighten Up campaign hopes to encourage Triangle residents to learn more about how to be a safer driver, bicyclist, and pedestrian, and ultimately, make the streets of North Carolina a safe (and bright!) place for everyone. Continue reading

GoTogether: Father and Son

Ben AugustBen August commutes to work everyday by bike with his son. From his house in Carrboro where he lives with his wife and three children, Ben and his 6-year-old son Jacob start their journey every morning together. First stop, kindergarten! Once Jacob locks his bike and heads to class, Ben jumps back on his bike to continue to work in Chapel Hill. Continue reading

Biker Profile: Daniel Findley

IMG_20160520_080236On Friday, May 20th, we celebrated Bike To Work Day. The day is a celebration of bike commuters, and to welcome new riders. Daniel Findley, a biker and Senior Research Associate from Raleigh, talked to us about his first bike to work experience:

1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

DF: I’m a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Transportation Research and Education at NC State. I’m originally from Robbinsville, NC.  I now live in Raleigh with my wife, Rachel, kids – Ben, 2 & Sophia 6, and 22 chickens. Continue reading

9 Motivational Reasons To Ride Your Bike

BikeMonth2016-logoYou’ve probably realized by now that May is Bike Month! On the blog we’ve written about local events and bike basics, but have you actually gotten on a bike? No? Gasp! Here are 9 reasons why you should get into the saddle today:

1. Biking is physical fitness. Duh.
Doesn’t get simpler than this: biking is good for you. According to NutriStrategy, a relaxing bike ride (<10 mph) burns more calories than an easy walk. Men’s Fitness

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Two Link Tuesday: Let’s Get Biking

In celebration of Bike Month, here are two videos to get you on the road! Want to know what’s going on this month? Check it out here: GoSmartNC.org/GoBike.

1. The Bike Basics – Grist
Grist put together a great little how-to video for beginner bikers, including gear, turning signals, and safety tips.

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2. STRNC Bike Match – GoSmart
You can now find the perfect bike commute buddy in the Triangle on STRNC.org! Watch the video to learn how to become a mentor or mentee for bike commuters.

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As always, join in on the conversation using #GoSmartBike on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!