Cycling to work is one of the most powerful ways to positively impact our region’s traffic congestion. When you trade your car for a bike, you save money, fit a workout into a busy schedule and experience the joys of zipping past traffic on two wheels. It’s never been easier to commute by bike along the US 36 Bikeway and throughout the northwest metro region. With all of the environmental and health benefits of a human-powered commute, it is no wonder that cycling to work has increased by 51 percent and 1.1 percent of Coloradans now cycle or walk to work.
Enjoy the wind in your hair while cruising to work on two wheels with these simple tips:
- Map Your Route – Before embarking on a bike commute, map your route and then trace those steps either as a pedestrian or in a car. It is a good practice to know your route and how cyclists are integrated into traffic.
- Buy Proper Gear – Set yourself up for success and enjoy the ride to and from the office by ensuring you have the proper gear. If you do not have a bike, consider learning more about bike share programs in the northwest metro region. Looking to buy? Take into consideration your fitness level and length of commute when making your purchase. Go to a local bike shop where employees are familiar with the area and know what bike will be best for your commute.
- Safety, Safety, Safety! – Before hopping on your bike, make sure you know proper hand signals and how your helmet should fit. Once you start cycling, make sure to give your bike an occasional tune-up to make sure everything is working as it should.
- Scope Out Your Office – Does your employer have bike racks and showers that you can use after biking into the office? If there aren’t bike racks, find a safe place to store your bike at the office ahead of time.
- Buddy up! – One of the best ways to learn the ins and outs of a bike commute is to buddy up with an existing rider.