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Commuting by bicycle beneficial

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:50 PM

Have you ever thought of cycling to and from work? Think about it. Bicycle commuting can provide a way to meet the recommended amount of daily exercise.

Robb Smithson of Snyder Road, Willard, encourages everyone who is able to bike to work. Smithson, 28, bikes the 10.5 miles to his first shift job at Norwalk Concrete Industries three times per week spring to fall.

"It's not really that big of a sacrifice," Smithson said. "And most employers would be accommodating."

Why did the local man decide to start riding his bike to work?

"I decided to ride to save gas and the environment, and to mostly improve my health," Smithson said.

Rob admits it is sometimes a challenge to keep motivated, but he has set a personal goal to ride in events like the Tour de Cure and MS-150 and trains for those.

For anyone inspired by Rob's story, even selecting just one day a week to bike to work can be a goal. But remember these "Seven Smart Routes to Bicycle Safety" from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration when bicycling:

1. Protect your head. Wear a helmet.

2. Assure bicycle readiness. Ensure proper size and function of the bicycle.

3. Ride wisely. Learn and follow the Rules of the Road.

4. Be predictable. Act like a driver of a vehicle.

5. Be Visible. See and be seen at all times.

6. "Drive" with care. Share the Road.

7. Stay Focused. Stay Alert.

For more information on bicycle safety, go to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration atwww.nhtsa.dot.gov and click on traffic safety.

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