How to choose the best bike route for your commute
Considering riding to work for the first time? Here’s how to plan your journey.
This year is shaping up as a bumper one for bike commuters, as workers who turned to cycling during lockdowns consider riding as an alternative to public transport when returning to the workplace.
More than 100 kilometres of pop-up bike lanes are appearing across inner-Melbourne suburbs including Footscray, Northcote and St Kilda to make it easier and safer to get to and from the CBD.
And RACV is coming to the party too with two new tools to support novice bike commuters. Its arevo trip-planning app now has a dedicated bike tab so riders of any experience level can plan their trip using colour-coded routes to differentiate between off-road paths and different levels of on-road safety. At the same time, RACV’s Summer Bike Assist gives bike riders one free callout within metropolitan Melbourne between 8 January and 18 April. If a member has trouble with a puncture, RACV will send someone with a spare tube to fix it, or arrange a taxi to take them and their bike to their destination, whether for a mechanical problem, accident or even exhaustion.
RACV senior manager transport, planning and infrastructure, Peter Kartsidimas, says many Victorians took up cycling during the pandemic, and a logical next step is to continue that in their journey to work.
“It’s a great opportunity to extend that fun they’ve been having on their bikes into their commute, which will save them money and build up their fitness.
“For office staff who are sitting all day it’s a great way to boost physical and mental health – what it does for you mentally is off the charts, it makes a great break between home and the workplace.”
But where does a would-be bike commuter start when planning how to get to work? We asked Peter for his tips to help choose a safe and enjoyable cycling route.