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Bicycle Commuting & Safety

Bicycling in Santa Cruz County is a safe, respected, convenient, and enjoyable form of transportation and recreation for people of all ages and abilities. Santa Cruz's comprehensive bike network provides access to all natural and urban destinations within the County, as well as connections to other regional and national transportation systems. Bicycling is a key contributor to an active community, a strong economy, and a well-protected natural environment.

Follow these bike safety tips:
  • It is super important be safe and know the rules of the road.
  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Use a red safety light in the back of your bike and a front headlight at dusk, night or on dark days.
  • Always ride your bike in the same direction of the traffic.
  • Try to get eye contact with cars at stop signs and intersections.
  • Use hand signals when ever you are making a turn.

The Joy of Being a Bike Commuter

How often do you find yourself sitting in traffic, blocking out the smell of exhaust and intermittent honking by turning up the radio? The daily commute work week has many commuters looking for options. If all drivers cut out one work trip per week, there would be 20 percent less weekday traffic at peak hours. With such a significant reduction in cars on the road, rush hour would be less rushed, saving the planet and endless frustrations. We can only hope.

There are plenty of reasons to look into alternative commuting options. With gas always going up, saving money is critical, considering the current economic downturn/upturn. Of course, gas isn’t the only expense that drivers incur. Besides maintenance, insurance, registration fees and the occasional accident, driving costs soar when road repair and environmental factors impacting all taxpayers are considered. Try to integrate car, bicycle, walking into your daily life.
 
Leaving the car parked in the driveway in exchange for some good walking shoes or a bike is a healthy & smart option. Rather than driving to the gym to hop on the treadmill or stationary bike, take a jog or ride your bike to work. Depending on the length of the trip, human-powered transportation burns calories, not fossil fuels.