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(Transportation Management Association)

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Sacramento Transportation Management Association

 

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You can take your bike on Amtrak.

You can put your bike on the bus.

Secure bike room.

Bike room

Secure indoor bike room.

Secure bike lockers.

Bicycling midtown

Sacramento has many bike lanes.

Bicycling midtown

Our shaded streets mean pleasant rides.

Ride with traffic, to the right, visibly and predictably.

Cyclist wearing Yakkay Helmet

A short commute may be made in regular clothes, (and a stylish Yakkay helmet).

Bicycling

Commute bikeForty percent of urban travel in the United States is within two miles of where people live. This means much of our daily travel could be by bike, and Sacramento's terrain and weather make it easy to bicycle much of the year.

Many of us have a short commute trip. and bicycling is an ideal travel mode for short trips. (The cyclist at right has an ideal commuter bike, with rack, bell, fenders and lights, and is wearing a Yakkay bike helmet. )

If you live within 10 miles of work, bicycling to work takes about the same amount of time as driving a car.. To handle a longer commute, try driving to work with your bike and then ride home one day, then ride to work the next day and drive home.

Bicycling can be one of most pleasant ways to commute to work. Rather than being stressed from driving, the exercise of bicycling actually relieves stress.

Bicycle commuters often say their commute is the best part of their work day.

 

10 Steps to Riding Your Bike to Work

  1. Ask at work about showers, changing facilities, lockers and secure bicycle storage.
  2. Gear up. Get your bike checked out and tuned up if it's been awhile since you've ridden it.
  3. Put safety first. Buy a helmet approved for bicycling and wear it.
  4. Assess your fitness level. If you haven't had much exercise lately, you might want to check with your physician before you ride.
  5. Select a route from an online map program and click the bicycle for a suggested bike route.
  6. Plan a short cut. Pedal as far as the bus or rail stop, then store your bike or put it on the front of the bus or take it on light rail.
  7. Look for someone to ride with. It can often be safer to ride as a pair, and it's more fun. Ask cyclists at work if they live near you or if you can join them on their commute. If you work downtown, the last blocks as you approach your worksite may be the trickiest. Find out what others have figured out.
  8. Do a test run in your car. Drive the bike route and look for things like wide lanes, bike lanes and traffic flow.
  9. On a weekend, when you're not pressed for time, test ride your chosen route on your bike. Find out how long it takes and try alternate streets if you're not comfortable on the ones you chose.
  10. Learn the rules of the road. A bicycle is a vehicle and you follow the same rules.

CHECKLIST for Cycling to Work

The week before

Determine your route to work. The route you drive to work may not be the same to bike to work. Choose roads that have bike lanes, wide outside lanes or paved shoulders. Bicycle the route to make sure you're comfortable on the streets you've chosen and determine about how long it will take you. The first time you bike to work, allow yourself a little more time than you think you will need.

Tell your supervisor that you will be commuting by bicycle. (Hint. 80 percent of bicycle commuters improve their heart and lungs in eight weeks, resulting in less sick time and lost work, according to a study by the advocacy group, Transportation Alternatives.)>

Ask your Commute Coordinator where your bicycle can be parked during working hours and where showers and lockers are available for bicyclists.

Check out your bike. Make sure brakes, tires and gears are in good condition and the bicycle seat height and handlebars are adjusted properly. Wear a helmet that fits and have a light in case you find yourself riding at dusk or after dark. (You need and must have a light to ride at night.) Make sure your bicycle tires are properly inflated. If they are low, riding is difficult and you're more likely to get a flat tire.

Plan to bike in comfortable clothes. Either pack a bag with your work clothes, or bring them the day before so they aren't wrinkled. Know where you will change and freshen up, and have a "kit" of toilet articles and a towel at work.

The day of the Ride

Don't bicycle on an empty stomach
You will need energy for your ride, so eat an energy-rich carbohydrate breakfast and, if your commute is more than a half hour, consider taking something to eat along your way.

Get an early start.
The first time you bike to work, allow yourself a little more time than you think you will need. If you tested the route on the weekend you will know the approximate time it takes, but commute traffic may slow you down on a week day.