Bike Commuting

RCR is working to improve the environment for all commuters of all ages.  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.

June is Colorado Bike to Work Month!
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Reasons to Bike Commute

Automobiles produce toxic substances that pollute the ground, air, and water.
Burning fossil fuels creates CO2 that contributes to global warming and climate change.
Automobiles also produce noise pollution.

Do you really need any more reason than that?

Bicycle commuting includes 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.
Check out this article where Routt County was mentioned as one of the healthiest rural community in the country!

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.
Routt County is only getting busier, which means even more traffic in our future.
Maintenance costs for your automobile will decrease, as will your gas bill.
You will save money on parking or tickets.
You won’t have to pay for a membership to a gym.

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 Bike Commuters

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

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’s permitted to ride on sidewalks except in the downtown core area; however, cyclists should avoid sidewalks if there are other routes available.

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.

Let’s Get Back to Biking