Bike Month – So How Do I Bike to Work?
May is Bike Month, and now is the time to get in shape, be a better employee, help the Earth and have fun commuting to work and/or school and back! If this is your first time biking to work you might be wondering what is the best route to your job. If that’s the case, Google incorporated bicycling directions into Google Maps, to eliminate any apprehension about the easiest route.
This new feature, announced this March at our National Bike Summit, includes: step-by-step bicycling directions; bike trails outlined directly on the map; and a new “Bicycling” layer that indicates bike trails, bike lanes, and bike-friendly roads. The directions feature provides step-by-step, bike-specific routing suggestions – similar to the directions provided by our driving, walking, or public transit modes. Simply enter a start point and destination and select “Bicycling” from the drop-down menu. You will receive a route that is optimized for cycling, taking advantage of bike trails, bike lanes, and bike-friendly streets and avoiding hilly terrain whenever possible. Get your bike directions here!
Additionally, catch up on your bike safety tips if you are a new or returning rider, and look for events in your area. Also, friend us on Facebook and click on our Bike Month event page. Make the commitment and share your stories with other Bike Month commuters. Happy Bike Month!