Do you feel nervous about riding a bike? That's OK! Riding a bike isn’t fun when you feel uncomfortable or worried. For some roads that’s a sign that it’s not a great place to ride, but for others, you can have a better experience by empowering yourself with a bit of knowledge and some practice.
Feeling confident in how and where to ride won’t solve every obnoxious intersection or bad road design, but it will greatly boost where you can ride safely and pleasantly. Here are the core lessons to boost your confidence on a bike.
There are a couple of skills and tricks that can make you feel a lot more comfortable on a bike:
There’s really no substitute for practicing a skill, and the more you ride (and in new situations) the more comfortable and confident you’ll get. Start with something easy, and slowly build your confidence in more challenging environments. If a road is too intimidating for you, that's ok - see if you can find another route (and if there isn't another route, tell your city or county that you want a Complete Street!).
Note: Please always practice the below in a safe and comfortable environment (the park, quiet streets, etc)
Remember, there are MILLIONS of bicyclists across the country (and an estimated 3 million people commuting by bicycle every day). There's always someone to ask questions, share your experiences with, or ride with - you just have to find them. If you're not sure where to start, visit your nearest bike shop. Also, you can also always reach out to us, we're happy to help or connect you with other resources!
This is Slow Roll in Detroit, MI - just one ride! There are more people on bicycles out there than you might believe!