At Willens Law Offices, we are celebrating Chicago Bike Week by; get this, biking to work.
Alright, you caught me. I’m not actually biking all the way to work. Putting on a wool suit and biking from my home in the northern suburbs to downtown Chicago just isn’t practical for me. Instead, I’ll be biking to the train station, locking up there, and taking the train in. Other folks from my office will be commuting to and from work via bicycle.
We are participating in Chicago Bike Week for several reasons. In no particular order, here are some of them:
- Riding a bike reduces pollution. Approximately one third of all carbon emissions come from transportation – cars, buses, trains…
- We hope it relieves some stress. Working in a law firm environment can be stressful at times and a little bit of exercise can help.
- It’ll save us a couple of bucks. We’ll be able to save some money on things such as gas and transit fares.
- We’ll get some exercise. A nice bike ride beats the heck out of going to the gym.
Isn’t bike riding dangerous? It could be.
While bike riding has certain risks, as does any physical activity, we have learned from handling many bike accident cases over the years of how to be safe. For instance, we will make smart choices about the routes we take. We will ride with traffic, not against it. For that matter, we will obey all traffic laws. We will make sure our bikes are safe. We will wear helmets. Most importantly, we will act appropriately on the roads and recognize that the vehicle operators we share the road with may not have safety on the front of their mind. While this is not an exhaustive list of everything we will do, we do think our chances of getting to and from work without incident increases the more we know about bike safety.
We, at Willens Law Offices, support the biking community and encourage you to ride a bike. Of course, we hope you will educate yourself about biking so whether you are just taking a pleasure ride or commuting to work, you will be doing so safely.