Turning Point

Shifting Gears

It's time to break out your bicycle legs.

By Heather Page

Despite the hard work involved in running a business, many entrepreneurs manage to break out of the office. With spring in the air, you may spot them riding bicycles--in shirt and tie.

In a nationwide trend, 30 million people participated in Bike-To-Work Month last May, according to the League of American Bicyclists in Washington, DC. And considering the many benefits of biking to work, entrepreneurs and their employees would be wise to get in on the action.

Pedal-pushing is not only healthy, it lowers health insurance rates and even improves employee morale, experts say. For online entrepreneurs Brian Robertson, 24, and Warren Adams, 31, co-founders of PlanetAll in Cambridge, Massachusetts, bicycling and rollerblading to the office have many advantages. Says Robertson, "Besides being a great way to get outside and get my exercise, it's also quicker because there aren't any parking hassles."

The downside to riding your two-wheeler to work? Helmet head, wet pant legs and rumpled clothing. However, purchasing good equipment and planning ahead will minimize these drawbacks, putting you and your employees on the bicycle path to health and happiness.

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This article was originally published in the April 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Turning Point.

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