Cycling to work can avoid the stress of sitting in traffic and having to find a parking space. It can also be a great way to fit in some exercise and save you some money.
To start all you need is a bike. If you haven't been on yours for a while, give it a check over or visit your local bike shop.
Bikes and riders come in all shapes and sizes. You can choose what to wear and what type of bike to ride. Some bikes have a luggage rack on the back for cycle panniers or briefcases. You can keep a cycle lock at work to save carrying it with you.
Some workplaces provide changing facilities, but if you have an easy cycle ride then you won't have to get changed. Mudguards are useful to keep your clothes clean.
If you'd like to get a new bike for cycling to work, ask your employer if they offer the Cycle to Work scheme. This enables you to pay for the bike and accessories directly from your salary, reducing tax and you save 25 - 40% on the cost of buying the bike direct.
You can plan your cycle route to work using the online journey planner or take a look at our series of cycle maps. You can also turn your smartphone into a cycle sat nav by downloading the free Bike Citizens app from the App Store or Google Play.
If you use the train, why not cycle to the station? Covered cycle parking is provided at Coventry, Canley and Tile Hill stations. You can also take your bike on most trains. The Network West Midlands journey planner can help you combine cycling with bus and train travel.