In Steamboat, you’ll see cyclists commuting to work every day of the year. Can you commute to your job? We encourage you to make a shift and get out on your bikes. You never know, it could become a habit! Join the community in June – Colorado Bike to Work month and participate in the Commuter Challenge. Enter as an individual or team and take the challenge. See how many miles you can rack up, and remind yourself about those days when you are stuck in traffic downtown! You can sign up and track your progress anytime during the month at: commuter challenge.
RCR is working to improve the environment for all commuters – adults and kids. We have helped with grant requests promoting Safe-Routes-To-Schools and are strong advocates for more bike lanes, signage and share the road awareness.
Check out commuter routes at the on-line commuter bike guide.
Why Commute by Bike?
- Fight pollution
- Automobiles produce toxic substances that pollute the ground, air and water.
- Burning fossil fuels creates CO2 that contributes to global warming.
- Automobiles also produce noise pollution.
- Stay fit
- Bicycle commuting allows you to include your workout in your daily schedule.
- Riding a bike is less stressful than driving your car and sitting in traffic.
- Staying in better shape will decrease your chances of getting sick.
- Avoid traffic delays
- Off-road trails, bike lanes, and wide curb lanes allow you to ride past traffic.
- Bike commuting takes less time when you account for car parking and traffic.
- Longer rides can result in less traffic and more enjoyment of your commute.
- Save money
- Maintenance costs for your automobile will decrease, as will your gas bill.
- You will save money on parking – and tickets.
- You won’t have to have a membership to a gym to workout.
- Enjoy your commute
- Arrive at work refreshed and full of energy; ride off stress after work.
- Commuting under your own power gives you a sense of accomplishment.
- Take the long way home and ride through a park or along a local river.
Tips for Cyclists
1. Follow the Rules of the Road
- Ride in the same direction as traffic and obey the same laws as motorists.
- Obey all traffic control devices, such as stop signs, lights and lane markings.
- Always look back and use hand and arm signals to indicate your intention to stop, merge or turn.
2. Be Visible
- Ride where drivers can see you.
- Wear brightly-colored clothing at all times.
- At night, use a white front light, a red rear light and reflectors. Wear reflective tape or clothing.
3. Be Predictable
- Ride in a straight line, and don’t swerve between parked cars.
- Make eye contact with motorists to let them know you are there and to determine whether or not they see you.
- Do not ride on the sidewalks along Lincoln Avenue in the core area of downtown Steamboat Springs between 3rd street and 12th street.
- It is permissible to ride on sidewalks except in the downtown core area; however, cyclists should avoid sidewalks if there are other routes available.