Is Cycling To Work Unprofessional?

A couple of news items have appeared in the last few weeks that caught our attention, and we’d love to hear your thoughts on them. Both concern the fear of appearing “unprofessional” by riding a bike to work.

First, a site called Corporette (self-described as a “a fashion and lifestyle blog for overachieving chicks”) responded to a reader’s question about showing up to work on a bike. Take a look at the question (and response) by visiting Corporette’s page. Hat tip to Richard of Cyclelicious for posting about this a few days ago.

Second, the news source Guardian Jobs (via Digital Journal) posted a similar article in press release format, focusing on London’s bike-to-work force and their appearance at their jobs. You can get the full skinny on that by clicking here.

My personal experience is this: there is nothing preventing a bike commuter from being fully presentable at work…for those of us who have to wear more formal business attire, there may be more hoops to jump through than for someone who works in a place where jeans and tshirts are acceptable. Nevertheless, these hoops are easily navigated by a bit of advance planning; perhaps a set of panniers or a once-a-week clothing delivery is in order. And, based on my experiences, workers who commute by bike tend to be more alert in the morning (and ultimately more healthy overall) than our car-bound counterparts. We also tend to be earlier to work…provided there are no mechanical issues along the way. Still, I can see how a short-sighted employer may look down upon our two-wheeled proclivities; after all, people who ride a bike for transportation seem to be those who are willing to think (and act) outside the box, and that may scare some traditionalists.

I’m curious to hear what YOU think, however…please leave your comments below so we can get a good conversation going.

About the author

Bicycle commuter since 1989, bicycle enthusiast for 30+ years. I am a Bookmobile/Books By Mail librarian at a large library system and the proud father of two wonderful boys.