Taking a Different Way to Work

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida--

It's National Bike Month so WCTV took a look at what it takes to bike to work. Commuting on a bike can be life changing and save you money along the way.

While many people in the morning are rushing to work putting the pedal to the metal.. this guy puts his sole to the pedal -- something he's done now for three years.

"I lost 60 pounds in the first few months of bicycling without even trying," said cycling enthusiast Don Lawler.

Don Lawler rides an hour to work everyday, up and down the hills of Capital Circle. He's even been hit by a car, but he said it won't stop him.

Lawler said, "My wife will tell you, the first words out of my mouth when she walked into the ER door was 'I'm not giving up biking!.'"

It's like day and night, Lawyer heads in to shower at work as a cyclist, and emerges as a working man ... slipping on his work shoes at his desk.

With gas prices up, local bike shops are also seeing an increase in customers.

Mike Hernandez works at Higher Ground Bike Shop. He said, "People are bringing out their older bikes.. getting them fixed up, and I do see a handful of people coming in getting new bikes"

"You know people say things about leaving this at the office, and having that time of separation ... when you combine it with exercise ... it's awesome," said Lawler.

Not only has Lawler lost weight, he's gained control of his diabetes. Three years ago when Lawler got into cycling, he was quoted saying...

"That I would never wear spandex!."

Now, though, he's training to ride more than 400 miles in England, spandex and all.

National Bike to Work Day is coming up on Friday, May 20th and cycling enthusiasts hope to see more people sharing the road on their morning commute.

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  • by Would love to bike, but prefer to live Location: tally on May 13, 2011 at 04:36 PM
    I don't trust the drivers. Just as DAVID suggested below; it's a death wish. Is it really illegal to ride on the sidewalks? In European countries...the bike riders have the right of way, they have their own 2-way lanes in congested areas(campuses, downtowns, etc)...certainly not here.
  • by wdyoung Location: Tallahassee on May 13, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    Bad enough trying to drive a car to work and not end up in a heap.
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on May 13, 2011 at 01:21 PM
    I started biking to work when I was going to FSU. It was hard getting started, but now, I'm so used to it, I couldn't imagine sitting in rough hour traffic in a hot car during the summer. I also lost 60 lbs and haven't felt this good since I last played soccer as a kid. A tank of gas lasts me over a month at a time and I've been able to save more of my paycheck. Sure, it may be a change that not everyone can do, but if you can, commuting by bike pays great rewards!!
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      by serious question on May 13, 2011 at 03:24 PM in reply to Mike
      Considering our humidity...how do you get past the smell and sweat for the rest of the day? Change clothes..shower available?
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        by Don on May 14, 2011 at 06:29 PM in reply to serious question
        I have a shower and locker room at the office complex. I have helped friends whom have joined a YMCA or Golds Gym for less than $25 a month with in a few block of work to use the shower. Others actually don't go to fast and just don't work up a sweat.
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      by Don on May 14, 2011 at 05:13 AM in reply to Mike
      way to go. Let keep at it and the number of bike may out number the cars.
  • by David Location: Tallahassee on May 13, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    The only thing life changing about riding a bike to work in this town is the fact that you have an excellent chance to be killed by uninterested drivers: talking on phone, texting, putting on makeup, etc. Ride a bike only if you have a death wish
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      by jr on May 13, 2011 at 03:13 PM in reply to David
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