(Which to…) Choose. Bike. Be Happy.

The accommodations in which I live are a bit further from my university campus than the others and I’ve strongly been considering riding a bike to school. The only downfalls I can see are the rideability of the area (although I’ve seen quite a few cyclers and have heard it’s becoming a very bike-friendly area), showing up for classes sweating and tired, and the fact that I’d need to purchase a bike and all it entails here and then somehow get it back home once I’m done for the year.

I think the benefits outweigh the cons, but I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do any of you bike to work, school, or anywhere at all? How easily does it fit into your lifestyle? I think this video from the Sierra Club not only has a great message, but I love the way they presented it. The fact that the cyclist has a stylish wardrobe and room helps, too!


21 September 2011 - 5:35 am


I love your blog! I bike to school/work and run errands on my bike pretty much every day. It’s a great way to get around and it’s a lot more fun than driving! I live in a pretty small city though, so it doesn’t take too long to get anywhere in either direction. You should go for it! 😉

21 September 2011 - 9:02 am

I think you should definitely cycle as long as it’s safe! I started cycling to work last spring in Dublin and it was so great! You get fresh air, you’re wide awake by the time you get to the office, and you’re getting exercise! Although it probably a LOT flatter here than where you are!

Kayla @ Exquisite Banana
22 September 2011 - 2:48 am

Do it! I am years overdue in acquiring a bike. Haven’t owned one since I was a young teenager. This spring, I am determined to rectify this.

Glad you are settling into Bournemouth!

Brandi {not your average ordinary}
23 September 2011 - 12:49 am

I’ve always walked or taken public transportation to school, but I’ve gone to schools in big cities. You might be able to have a friend look after the bike for the summer and I know many schools offer some sort of storage space too. And I think you wouldn’t be sweaty as long as you always gave yourself ample time for your ride.

23 September 2011 - 8:52 am

love this video. i hate that i can’t either walk or take public transport to work where i currently live! i fully support any bike initiative

28 September 2011 - 12:35 am

oh that video was shot in san francisco! public bikes are big there, as well as bike culture in general. it’s super easy to bike in SF, with the exception of the giant hills. i only commuted by bike when i didn’t need to look cute at the other end of my bike ride. being a hot, sweaty, mess was common, but some good friends of mine were able to make it work. it’s much easier if you have low-maintenance hair. it’s also good to invest in some rain gear to protect your whole outfit, and one friend would bring her cute clothes in a bag and wear an exercise top while riding. it’s definitely doable, with a little strategizing. if you live in an area where it’s safe to ride your bike, i think it’s an awesome alternative. you get great exercise, fresh air, you see your surroundings in a new way, you save tons of money, and it’s a pretty dreamy way to get around {what’s cuter than riding home with fresh bread in your bicycle basket?}. i say go for it! just be sure you educate yourself of bike rules, bike repair, and where your nearest bike shop is.

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