Friday, May 21, 2010;
Thousands of commuters are expected to participate in Bike to Work Day, but here are tips from experienced cyclists for anytime:
-- Bike safety classes will teach you to interact with traffic and avoid common accidents.
-- Test your route. Google Maps offers bike directions, but you may want to create your own detours.
-- Travel light.
-- Chris Eatough,
-- Wear a helmet, and don't ride up the gutter when traffic is stopped for a stop sign or light. It is one of the main reasons cyclists have collisions with cars turning right.
-- Learn how to change a flat before you set out.
-- Ashley Halsey III,
Washington Post staff writer
-- Start out with a few miles, then gradually build to your full commute.
-- Take water and snacks.
-- Start early to avoid the sun and heat and take sun protection.
-- Dress in layers.
-- Select a comfortable bike and avoid thin racing tires.
-- Sebastien Guilmard,
D.C. cyclist who advocates