How do I figure out the best way to get to work?

 

Obviously, once you make the decision to bike to work you need to figure out how to get there. The way that you take by car may not be the best way by bike. How do I choose the best way to get there? The process is pretty easy.

  1. What is the distance to your work? Anything less than 10 miles (16 km) is quite doable. This is the Go/No-Go check.
  2. Next pull up google maps and search from home to work.   I used to live in Ohio, so I will take that as an example. By car my trip was 5.9 miles to and from work.  Below is a picture of the drive. The long vertical road is Snider Road. A very narrow road that is heavily trafficked by cars. If a bike was on this road itwould slow traffic down, piss off a bunch of drivers and put you into a dangerous situation.
  3. Google, has added some biking and walking options. Reviewing these might be a good option to see what is recommended. However, I still did not like these recommendations, so I zoomed in and looked for parallel paths that drastically reduced my traffic exposure.
  4. I found the path below that eliminated the amount of time that I was on heavily traveled roads. This route was 7.4 miles, and much safer for me as a biker. It went through multiple housing developments, parks and finally some bike paths.
  5. Next I biked it on weekend and made sure the path worked, and there were no surprises.
  6. Finally, get on your bike and give it a try on your work day.

Some other things that I would add as well, find routes that are asphalt or concrete. Avoid dirt paths if at all possible. As soon as it gets wet the dirt flies up onto your bike and your cleaning load for the bike goes up significantly.

This strategy should help you to work out a good commuting plan. Finding the right path is 70% of the problem solved. Good luck, happy riding and let me know any additional tips you have.

car work path

Car Path

bike work path

Bike Path

8 thoughts on “How do I figure out the best way to get to work?

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    It looks like a longer path, and hard to tell if safer. I believe you though. Thanks for the tips. I did not know that google maps provides this info.

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