5 tips for riding back to work

Man rides bike along path

David Toscano

Posted March 04, 2022

Heading back to the office and considering the best way to commute? This guide to riding your bike to work will help you cycle in with more confidence. 

As Victorians head back to the office after months of work from home orders, many are thinking about the different commute options available.

While some workers will opt for public transport or driving, others may consider commuting on two wheels for the first time, particularly given the surge in bike ownership and cycling participation over the past two years.  

In good news, new technology makes riding to work easier and more accessible than ever before. arevo, a free journey planner made by Victorians for Victorians, now pairs bike-friendly route mapping with turn-by-turn navigation via voice, so you can always keep your eyes on the road and arrive at work quickly and safely. 

5 tips for riding your bike to work


Choose the right bike for commuting

The key to enjoying your commute to work on two wheels and getting there safely, is choosing the right bike for you and your circumstances. While the mountain, road or BMX bike you purchased over lockdown might be good for weekend adventures, they might not be the best options for regular commuting to the office. 

From slim aluminium frames with sleek tyres, to more sturdy hybrid bikes combining both on road and off-road characteristics, there are many options for commuter bikes. This handy guide can help you choose the best one for your needs.
An e-bike might be a viable option for you too, providing an electric motor as a helping hand for long trips or hills, or when you need to carry a heavy bag loaded with work equipment.

Invest in safety equipment and Bike Assist 
Wearing a helmet is mandatory in Victoria and can be the difference between sustaining a serious injury or death and walking away unscathed. Invest in a helmet that’s certified and fits you correctly, while gloves are handy for colder days and can make gripping handlebars more comfortable over longer journeys. 
If you develop a more serious issue on the road, RACV Bike Assist service can help get you moving again with benefits including puncture repairs and taxi transport.

Get to know your biking route

Whether you live in inner, middle or outer ring suburbs, there may be multiple bike routes available to ride to work. Familiarise yourself with different routes prior to heading off.

arevo can help you select a bike-friendly route you’re most confident with, whether it’s the fastest route or quietest, while the app’s turn-by-turn navigation feature via voice is great for cyclists of all experience and skill levels. 

Find a safe and secure parking location

The increase in cycling participation, combined with a shortage of new bikes for sale, has also given rise to an increase in bike theft across metropolitan Melbourne, including the CBD.

The number of reported bikes stolen in Victoria increased to 7,385 in 2021, an 82.1 per cent increase from 4,076 bikes stolen in 2011 – underlining the importance of always parking your bike in a safe and secure location. 

To minimise your chance of becoming a victim of bike theft, take advantage of indoor workplace bike parking or lockable storage cages at train stations.

Use a quality D-lock / U-lock to secure your bike

A good quality lock should always be used to secure a bike when parking it in a public location.

Use a D-lock / U-lock, which are solid, curved metal locks that provide more security than a chain lock, and alwaylock the bike frame to a pole, post or bike stand.

The right D-lock / U-lock for you can depend on how secure your bike parking spot is. Consider that D-lock / U-locks that provide the most security are likely to weigh more.

Try an e-scooter for short trips

Lime e-scooters are now available for quick and convenient travel in the Melbourne CBD, and are perfect for running errands at lunchtime.

For a limited time, arevo registered users will get access to an exclusive free e-scooter ride in the Offers & Discounts feature of the app.  

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