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Commuting Tips

Why do it?

  • It's a gift to your neighborhood - it reduces car traffic
  • Burns calories – For a 150 lb person, cycling at less than 10 mph, 300 calories an hour.
  • Saves $, over driving (and isn't it more fun to fill yourself than the gas tank?)
  • May is a great month to be outdoors - not too hot, not too cold, with flower-scented air.
  • Makes you healthier. For example, bicycling just 20 miles per week reduces women’s risk of heart disease by 50%, as well as reducing their risk of breast cancer, and weight gain.
How to get started


  • Make sure your bike is road-worthy. The following shops have offered to do free safety inspections during the month of May: Participating Bike Shops
  • Plan your route.  Spokane Regional Transportation Council has a March 2018 map.  For personalized help, Spokane Bicycle Club expert, Margaret Watson, is available:: bikingoma@yahoo.com, 624-3793
  • Gear to pack.  Here's a video with suggestions: Bike gear for commuting
  • Ride safely - on the road, with traffic, maintaining a consistent lane position.  Advice here 

  • Tips for riding safely and courteously on bike/pedestrian trails, from the Friends of the Centennial Trail
  • Find out how to fix a flat tire, the most common cycling problem: https://yhoo.it/2Gjg5uv
  • Have a long commute?  Consider taking the bus for part of the trip: Bikes on Buses
  • Protect your bike from theft. 
  1. Use a Ubar lock, maybe an additional lock as well.
  2. Park off the street, if possible.  Discuss this ahead of time with your employer.
  3. Register your bike with the Spokane Police Dept: https://my.spokanecity.org/account/registrations/bicycle/  If your bike is stolen and recovered by the police, they can get it back to you.
More Information

The League of American Bicyclists has  advice on cycling – Smart Cycling Tips covering bike fit, apparel, sharing a trail, bike maintenance, commuting tips – http://bikeleague.org/ridesmart


Washington State Dept of Transportation has information on laws affecting cyclists, plus other road tips: https://bit.ly/2GB1TkX





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