Many short trips can easily be taken by bike. Visiting friends, going to the park, post office, library, cinema or going to the shops can easily be done on a bike. You can get exercise, appreciate the world around you, save money on the petrol, and easily stop to greet friends.
Short trips in cars are polluting and add unnecessarily to the traffic on our local roads.
Shopping by bike
There are many benefits of shopping by bike:
- You do not need a car park.
- You can park close to the shop door and for free.
- You save money on fuel and running costs.
- It can be easier to carry things on a bike compared to walking.
- You can exercise as part of a shopping trip.
- It can be easy to stop and talk with friends while on your bike.
- Kids love travelling in bike seats.
Here are some tips:
- Find a route that suits you. Usually the fewer hills and cars the better, especially if carrying heavy items.
- Many shops do home deliveries so you can buy a big order and still get it home.
- Buy less but shop more often and have the benefit of fresher foods and more exercise.
- Shop on the way home from work or school.
- You can carry items in baskets, panniers (bags that attach to the bike), backpacks, on a bike rack or even in a bike trailer.
- Never ride with plastic bags hanging from your handlebars as this makes the bike difficult to control and can cause the bags to swing into the spokes and cause a crash.
- Lock your bike even if you are leaving it for just a minute.
- An increasing number of shopping centres and local shops are providing bike parking. If your centre does not, speak with the shop keepers or centre management.
- Find a railing or other fixture to lock your bike to if you cannot find a rack. Do not block access routes and be careful not to block ramps or other facilities for people in wheelchairs.