As more people ride bicycles for everyday commuting, recreation, and exercise, demand for safer infrastructure is on the rise. Here are some of the ways Clark County is working to make biking easier, safer, and more enjoyable for the community.
If you’re considering a bike commute, here are some tips and resources to help you make the switch from four wheels to two.
Start slow. If you haven’t been on a bike since you were young, try a short ride around the neighborhood to start. Then, a ride to the grocery store. Gradually build up your distance and your comfort level.
Ride to work. Start by biking to work a few times a week and increase the number of days over time. The goal isn’t to stop driving completely but to give you an alternative method of transportation.
Wear a bike helmet. A helmet can be the difference between a serious injury and a minor one.
Be visible. Wear reflective material or bright clothing and attach lights to your bike for night rides. Do whatever you can to make sure drivers can see you.
Be cautious. Don’t make sudden turns or weave in and out of traffic. Make your actions predictable so drivers can anticipate your position. Use hand signals to indicate turns, and follow the rules of the road.
Stay safe. The route you drive to your destination isn’t always the best for biking. Often, the better bike route is slightly longer, but significantly safer. Consider distance, traffic volume, road width, condition, and terrain when selecting a route.
Do a test-run. Try out a new route on the weekend, when there’s less traffic on the roads.
Use RTC resources. The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) is working to link bicycle facilities to transit service, and provide riding routes along transit corridors. For more information, check out the RTC Bike Map Brochure and Neon To Nature.
Bikes ride free. All RTC vehicles are equipped with a bicycle rack that can accommodate 2-3 bikes. There is no additional cost to bring a bike. The RTC also has great step by step instructions on how to use the bicycle racks on all RTC vehicles.
Manage your ride. Learn how to use the online Transit Trip Planner to map your bus route in advance. Utilize the new RTC Ride Tracker to help you locate the nearest bus stop and upcoming arrival times.
Know a few fixes. Carry bike-specific tools so you can fix a flat tire or tighten a loose brake cable on the fly. Bring a spare tube and a small air pump for emergencies.