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Vanessa Lamont

Also known as Miss V, Vanessa has brought her love of coffee, dancing, and bawdy sense of humor to a variety of roles at LUSH. She started working her moves on the shop floor in Victoria, BC, and crossed the ocean to Vancouver to take the reins as the Customer Care manager. From there her witty wordplay landed her the dream job of LUSH Times Editor. She also had the honor of working with the Charity Pot team, before moving on to start the Content department. The proud winner of the "Most Inappropriate Comment" award is putting her passion for LUSH and words to good use, we hope so anyway. When she isn't tip-tapping on the keyboard, Vanessa can be found drinking (more) coffee, perusing the local Farmer's Market, riding her bikes, going for long walks with her dog, or practicing her dance moves.

May 05.27

Commuter Tips: Gearing Up for Bike to Work Week

Posted In: LUSH Life >> Green

May is National Bike Month and while we have dedicated bicycle commuters at LUSH year round, we're gearing up for Bike to Work Week in Vancouver, which runs from May 27 - June 2.

For some of us, that means we're hopping on a bike for the first time in many years. For others we're challenging ourselves to take a fun, recreational activity and turn it into a zippy transportation option. And for the rest who regularly fill up the bike racks at LUSH HQ, (how fantastic is that?) it's just another day with a quite a few more two wheeled friends to share the bike routes with.

bike commuter tips

Here are just some of the best reasons to dust off your bike and helmet and ride to work:

1) It's FUN! What could be more joyful than the freedom of riding in the fresh air compared to being stuck in a traffic jam or crammed onto a bus?

2) It's cheap AND easy! Parking is a breeze - find the nearest pole or rack and get on with your day. Plus, except for basic maintenance there's no rising fuel costs to contend with.

3) It's a great workout! Not only are you saving on gym fees, but you're also saving yourself time trying to fit in classes after work. Pedal power is low impact and perfect for people who are trying to get fit and healthy.

bike commuter tips by LUSH

In preparation for the week ahead, we've put together some tips and tricks to kick your bicycle habit into gear:

Start with a bike. Make sure it has two wheels, good tire pressure, a seat, handlebars, and the brakes. Before you start commuting ensure that it's in good working order for safe travels. Visit your local bike shop for any repairs. -

Be visible. The days may be longer but you still need proper reflectors and lighting if you're riding after dusk. Unless it's reflective, a black jacket isn't ideal for riding in the dark.  

Layer your clothing. It's getting hot now that summer is upon us and to increase your comfort and minimize sweat, layer your clothing to add and subtract as needed. No matter how short your commute is, don’t forget to hydrate with water and carry it with you.

Prep for your ride the night before. It'll reduce your stress and help stop you from making excuses when the time comes to hop on your two-wheeler. If you have everything ready to go beforehand you'll enjoy the bike ride into work even more.

Take your time and follow the rules of the road. That includes following your local helmet laws and staying off the sidewalk. Many cities are increasing their bike routes and lanes. If you plan your route ahead of time you'll get to work safely and efficiently. Google Maps can help you with this.

Have fun! With all of your basics covered head out and have a blast pedaling your way to and from the office in the fresh air. It's just like being a kid again.

bike to work week commuter tips

We know that not every office or workplace has showers, and that the potential to arrive at work feeling sweaty and less than fresh is a potential barrier to travelling by bike, but we hope these LUSH tips and products will help:

- Keep a small stash of LUSH and toiletry items at the office so you don't have to carry them back and forth. Deodorants, dusting powders, solid perfumes, and Dirty body spray will keep you dry and fragrant in a good way.

- Freshen up anytime. A spritz of toner water is the perfect way to refresh and cleanse the skin midday or after your commute. You can also use 9 to 5 without any water at all.

- Worried about helmet hair? Work some Sea Spray or R&B into your locks for styling assistance and seriously sexy smelling hair. - Leave extra shoes and clothing at work, just in case. An extra shirt or outfit can always come in handy, and an alternate pair of shoes under your desk will ensure your comfort on the ride, and meet dress code at the office. Sprinkle T for Toes into your shoes and your workmates will thank you.

bike commuter tips

Still not convinced? If you think commuting to work is hard, just imagine moving by bike

Even if biking to work isn't a feasible option for you, try hopping back in the saddle for a leisurely ride on the weekend in your neighborhood. It's a fantastic way to get around and enjoy your community, not to mention good for your body and the environment. For more great resources on bikes, commuting to work by bicycle, and bike advocacy in North America, check out Momentum Mag and EcoVelo.

Do you travel by bike? What are some of your tips for a great commute?