It’s not for me

You believe that urban cycling is not for you? Let us convince you otherwise!

It’s too far to go

Unless you live 12 km or more away from your destination, cycling is an easy and efficient way of getting there!

  • < 6 km : It will take you less than 25 minutes, door to door.
  • 6 to 12 km : Calculate between 25 and 50 minutes in total.
  • > 12 km : This qualifies a more “athletic” endeavour. You’ll need to gear up accordingly. You may also choose to cycle two or three times a week instead of every day or rely on a mix of transportation options.

You could also decide to make the trip two or three times a week or to combine modes of transport (use your bicycle to get to the train or metro station and end your trip on a BIXI).

Do a dry run on your next day off to scout out the best route and see how long it actually takes.

I don’t know where to park

  • Find out where your nearest bicycle parking facilities are.
  • Check whether you can take your bike inside with you.
  • Ask the powers that be at your destination to provide a secure bicycle parking solution.

I’m out of shape

Start once a week. Then gradually do more as your comfort level grows.
Fair warning, though: it’s easy to get hooked!

Combine cycling with the bus, train or metro to kick things off. Then
slowly increase your riding distance.

You will quickly find that instead of being exhausting, your cycling trips will improve your fitness and give you energy!

I’ve got too much stuff to lug around

Your bicycle is built to be a carrying machine! All you need is a basket or a pannier and you’ll be ready to run as many errands as you like.

And just think how easy it’ll be to park!

I have to drop my kids off at school or daycare

There’s no better opportunity to introduce them to the joys of active transportation!

I’ll get all sweaty

You’re commuting, not racing. Take it a little slower and you’ll get to where you’re going perspiration-free! Also, do not dress too warmly, go for a layering system and remove a layer as soon as you warm up.

On the other hand, if cycling is your workout of choice, you may want to see if there’s a shower available at the other end.

I’ll be drenched if it rains

It is possible to cycle in the rain; just dress accordingly!

  • Raining when you leave?
    Suit up or hop on public transit instead of cycling.
  • Are they calling for showers at the end of the day?
    Take your rain gear with you and slip it on for the return trip.

And remember if getting wet isn’t your cup of tea, there’s nothing wrong with being a fair-weather cyclist!

I’ll have to ride alongside heavy traffic

Plan ahead and map out a route that favours bike-friendly streets and paths. It is better to take small detours and feel comfortable on the street than to take a more direct route, but be stressed because of the car traffic. Seek advice from other cyclists who can describe the route they take.

If you can’t avoid busy thoroughfares, bear in mind that a little caution goes a long way!

I’m too beat at the end of the day

Unless you have a physical job, your fatigue is probably related to stress and the psychological effort required to complete your tasks. Cycling at a moderate speed on your way home can do wonders when it comes to relieving stress, clearing your mind and boosting your energy levels.