1) "I'm out of shape."
Ride at an easy pace; in a few months you will be in great shape
Ride your route on a weekend to find the easiest way to work
You will maintain your fitness level when you become a regular bike commuter
2) "It takes too long."
The average commuter travels at 10 mph; the more you ride, the faster you will get
Trips of less than three miles will be quicker by bike
Trips of five to seven miles in urban areas will take the same time or less
3) "It's too far."
Try riding to work and taking transit home then alternating the next day
Combine riding and transit to shorten your commute
Ride to a coworker's house and carpool to work
4) "There's no bicycle parking."
Look around for a storage area in your building or office
Stash your bike in a covered, secure place such as a closet or even your office
Formally request that your employer provide bike parking or lock it up outside
5) "My bike is beat up."
Tell a reputable bike shop that you are commuting and have them tune up your bike
If you can't maintain your bike yourself, identify bike shops near your route
Make sure that your bike is reliable and in good working order before you start riding
6) "There aren't any showers."
Most commuters don't shower at work; ride at an easy pace to stay cool and dry
Ride home at a fast pace if you want a workout; shower when you get there
Health clubs offer showers; get a discounted membership for showers only
7) "I have to dress up."
Keep multiple sets of clothing at work; rotate them on days you don't drive
Have work clothes cleaned at nearby laundromats or dry cleaners
Pack clothes with you and change at work; try rolling clothes instead of folding
8) "It's raining."
Fenders for your bike and raingear for your body will keep you dry
If you are at work, take transit or carpool to get home; ride home the next day
Take transit or drive if you don't have the gear to ride comfortably in the rain
9) "The roads aren't safe."
Obey traffic signs, ride on the right, signal turns, stop at lights, wear bright clothing
You are at no greater risk than driving a car
Wear a helmet every time you ride
10) "I have to run errands."
Bolt a rack to the back of your bike to add carrying capacity
Make sure that you have a lock to secure your bike while you are in a building
Allow yourself extra time to get to scheduled appointments and find parking