Been thinking about grabbing a Citi Bike membership with all the expansions into the boroughs? The ever-increasing public transportation fees has brought New Yorkers to the point of seeking out other options to get around, and it’s almost impossible not to jump into this trend – but just do so with some bike safety facts.
We’ve outlined a few reasons cycling can be a great way to stay healthy – and why you should give it a try, below:
#1 Just Do It
The number one concern when it comes to biking is the safety concerns. But as the number of cyclists on the streets increase, so does the safety of all bike riders. As bike lanes become more of a priority project, Citi Bike and Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care aim to bring an even safer experience to riders, veteran or rookie.
#2 Be a Defensive Driver
Don’t always assume you have the right-of-way. As a cyclist, attention must be paid just the same as a motor vehicle. Using correct signs when needed, having reliable brakes as well as a working bell are all essential to being able to safely navigate through the crowded streets.
#3 Know the Bike Rules
Other important things to keep in mind are to never ride on the sidewalks, do not ride with two ear buds in, and don’t ride the wrong way down a one-way street. These may sound like common sense tasks, but they are easily skimmed over, especially when one is in a rush. Making sure that you can coexist with cars and pedestrians will only decrease the risk of accidents to occur.
#4 Start Somewhere Other Than Midtown
One of the best ways to begin assessing bike riding is to start with a calm location to gather your bearings. Map out your route and be sure to have enough light to get you there and back comfortably. Citi Bike now has docks spreading into the boroughs allowing you to pick up or drop off at your own location convenience
#5 There’s Help Close By with Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Centers
Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care is opening even more locations for better convenience.. Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers are designed to put patients first – using a seamless online check-in, unified electronic medical records and high quality, compassionate and convenient care, the urgent care provider delivers an unparalleled patient experience at a much lower cost than emergency room care and allows patients to regain control of how, when and where they are cared for. You can check out all that they have to offer through their homepage, here.
#6 – Don’t just take it from me – doctors agree!
Riding to work or through one of New York’s beautiful parks and neighborhoods is one of the most time-efficient ways to combine regular exercise with your everyday routine. “An estimated one billion people ride bicycles every day – for transport, recreation and sport. It only takes two to four hours a week to achieve a general improvement to your health,” stated Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care Dr. Neal Shipley. “Cycling is mainly an aerobic activity, which means that your heart, blood vessels and lungs all get a workout. You will breathe deeper, perspire and experience increased body temperature, which will improve your overall fitness level.”
The health benefits of regular cycling include:
• Increased cardiovascular fitness
• Increased muscle strength and flexibility
• Improved joint mobility
• Decreased stress levels
• Improved posture and coordination
• Strengthened bones
• Decreased body fat levels
• Prevention or management of disease
• Reduced anxiety and depression
Remember – Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care can handle all minor, non-life- threatening bumps, scrapes and fractures. Its providers can x-ray for sprains and strains, diagnose and treat these injuries – or recommend you to a more specialized practice or physician within the Northwell Health network.
In partnership with Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care.