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 for cyclists to get to and from the CBD, as interest in cycling surges across the state and country.
Lifestyle factors stemming from the Covid-19 resulted in more than 1.7m bikes sold in 2020 as more and more Australians turn to bike riding for transport and recreation. Victoria (34%) trailed just the ACT (43%) with the highest percentage of adults spending money on cycling.
And RACV is making it easier to find the right bike route for you with its arevo journey planning app. It has a dedicated bike tab so riders of any experience level can choose the right bike path for them - faster or quieter and can plan their trip using colour coded routes to differentiate between off road paths and different levels of on road safety. Distance is calculated and step by step directions make life easier.
At the same time, RACV’s Bike Assist gives bike riders peace of mind and confidence on their rides. If a Bike Assist holder 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 Bike Assist holders recieve up to eight callouts per year, including public holidays.