We commute every day for work, school or errands. Traveling by bicycle is enjoyable, healthy, and environmentally friendly. Use this Bike-to-Work guide so you can get started enjoying two-wheel commuting!
Commuting by bike is:
For trips shorter than 5 miles, a bicycle is generally faster than a car or public transit. Bike trips create fewer traffic lineups and less greenhouse gas emissions.
A moderate form of exercise, biking helps improve concentration and reduce stress. Biking to work is a relaxing, economical way to be in shape and full of energy for your work day.
All too often, when we think commute we think car. Yet there are so many other ways to get to work, starting with your bicycle…an easy way to reduce your transportation costs!
Replacing vehicular trips with walking, bicycling and transit in turn reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and a reliance on carbon based fuels.
Tips and Advice
Choose the right bicycle and gear
- Upright handlebars and a well-adjusted seat
- A basket, gear rack and/or panniers for carrying extra stuff
- Fenders to protect your clothes from rain or dirt being kicked up from your tires
- Mandatory reflectors, a white headlight, a red rear light
- A U-lock or a strong cable lock
- A bell or horn
Wear suitable clothing
- Travelling less than 5 miles at a moderate speed involves no more effort than a walk. No need to wear special clothing for your commute. The important thing is to dress comfortably.
- In case of rain
- Raining in the morning or after work? Wear a rain jacket and pants; otherwise take the bus. Biking in a gentle rain can be quite refreshing!
- In case of heat
- Summers can be hot and humid in Kansas City. Make sure to dress lightly and take it easy on your pedals. If your company is equipped with showers take advantage and cool off before heading to your desk!
Protect against theft
- Always lock your bicycle in a secure, well-lit location. Check out our Google Bike Parking map to find a rack close to where you are headed!
- Attach at least the front wheel and the frame to the bicycle rack. We recommend using U-lock.
- Write down or take a photo of your bicycle’s serial number. If your bike is ever stolen refer to this number to help you identify your bike.
Plan your route
- Use our BikeKC map to help determine the best route to your destination.
Be visible and vigilant
- Fall is a magnificent season for biking to work. Since it gets dark early, make sure you are clearly visible by equipping your bike with appropriate lighting: a white headlight and a red rear reflector are required by law. A red rear light is highly recommended. Additionally, light colored or reflective clothing can help you stay visible.