Cycling to work is one of the most powerful ways to positively impact our region’s traffic congestion and air quality. 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 using resources like the US 36 Bikeway. Considering the mental, physical and environmental benefits associated with riding your bike, 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, according to the League of American Bicyclists’ 2016 report, “Where We Ride: An Analysis of Bicycling in American Cities”.
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 cyclist-friendly routes. A great to place to start planning your journey is the Bike Northwest online map.
- Gear Up! – Set yourself up for success and enjoy the ride by ensuring you have the proper gear. If you do not already own a bike, go to a local bike shop where employees are familiar with the area and know what bike will be best for your cycling needs. Take into consideration your fitness level and length of commute when making your purchase.
- 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.
- Find a Safe Place For Your Bike – 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.
- Stay Safe – When you cycle, it’s important to have a lock for when you have to leave your bike in public areas. If you’re traveling the US 36 corridor, apply for a RSID card for access to the Bike-n-Ride shelters that can be found at various transit stations.