Bike and Walk

Bike and Walk

New data shows that it doesn’t take large reductions in driving to see major improvements in traffic flow. Biking and walking are becoming more popular ways in Colorado to avoid driving. It’s a healthy way to commute.

There are over 300 square miles in the north metro area served by Smart Commute Metro North. You can find walking and biking trails that connect you from where you want to start to where you want to end up!

Smart Commute supports Bike to Work Day by organizing stations in our area and supporting businesses – check out photos from our 2016 Breakfast Station and 2016 Bike Party.

 

Smart Cycling Tips:  Everything from how to fit a helmet, how to check your bike for readiness, all the way to on-the-road tips, the League of American Bicyclists has a great one-stop shop for all your questions.

❄️Winter Bicycling Tips:  Check out some tips for biking in the winter.

Pedestrian and Bicycling Information Center:  This website is an enormous resource put together by the US Department of Transportation.  Content on the site includes everything from safety tips to local activism.

Colorado Law:  Know your rights and responsibilities before you bike, complied by Bicycle Colorado.

Plan to Bike to Work!

Research Your Route:  There is a one-stop-shop for regional commute information, and it is called My Way to Go.  You can quickly see what your bike route would look like compared to riding transit or finding a carpool partner.

Detailed Route Research:  The annual Bike to Work Day website has a long list of resources, including links to specific city and county bike and trail maps.  At this level of detail, you’ll be able to start fleshing out your route.

Route Itinerary Planner:  Once you have a good idea of the trails and bike routes available to you, you can use Google Maps to create your turn-by-turn itinerary.  Simply enter your work address, turn on the navigator, and enter your home address.  Once Google has built your driving itinerary, you can click on the “bike” icon tab to convert the itinerary to a bike route.

Pedestrian Information:  CDOT’s Bicycle and Pedestrian program includes information that is important for everyone to know.  Everyone, at some point in their trip, is a pedestrian, and pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of the transportation system.

Safe Routes to School:  If you are interested in learning more about how to bring biking and walking programs to your child’s school, check out the Colorado Department of Transportation’s SRTS program page.

Bike to Work Day:  In Colorado, Bike to Work Day is celebrated on the 4th Wednesday in June.  If you are interested in trying a bike commute, this is a great day to start.  Interested in getting your employer involved?  Curious about organizing a breakfast station or afternoon water station?  This page will help guide you through the planning process.

Bikes and RTD:  Interested in combining biking with RTD?  Check out RTD’s Bike-n-Ride page, which provides detailed information about how to bring your bike on bus or rail, and bike locker options at many stations across the region.

Stories from Commuters:  In Colorado, there are a lot of inspiring stories from commuters.  Keep an eye on our Stories From Commuters page to see personal accounts from real-life bike commuters.  If you are interested in contributing your own commute story, contact us!