Commuter Resources

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Tips for Commuting

 

Bicyclists:

§  Ride with traffic, not against it

§ Watch out for drivers opening doors or backing out of parking spaces

§ Use appropriate hand signals

§  Be visible: Use front and back lights. At night bicyclists need to have both a visible white front light and a red rear facing light or reflector, and should wear light-colored or reflective clothing

§  Be clear and predictable: Signal for lane changes and turns, ride in a straight line, warn pedestrians if you will be passing from behind

§  Keep a spare change of clothes or shoes at your workplace to change into  

§  Wear reflective leg bands to keep your pants out of the chain and to provide more visibility at night

§  Dress according to the weather

§  Wear a helmet and wear it properly- Protect a very precious asset

§ Review the MT Bicycle Laws

§  More Tips!

For your Bike:

  • Give your bike a good tune-up before you start; lube your chain, air up the tires, adjust the seat. Rember your ABC's.
  • Racks, panniers, seat bags, backpacks, messenger bags, and more can help you get to work with all of your stuff
  • Bells are great!
  • Purchase fenders (there may be rain (or snow!) in May.

For Pedestrians:

  • Stay smart and alert
  • Always stay on the sidewalk when one is available. If there is no sidewalk then walk facing traffic
  • Never assume a vehicle will stop
  • Listen carefully for engine noise and look for backup lights in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces
  • Be careful when crossing. Use marked crosswalks or intersections whenever possible.
  • Obey traffic and pedestrian signals
  • Look both ways before you cross any street even if there is a pedestrian signal
  • At multi-lane crossings, look across all lanes. Just because one motorist stops, do not assume drivers in other lanes will stop as well.
  • Don’t wear headphones or talk on a cellphone when crossing
  • Watch for turning vehicles 
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.

Take a look at these videos from Bike Walk Helena for more!

 

Commuting and Bike workshops

Is your workplace interested in having a commuter workshop? Contact Bike Walk Montana today to set up your bicycle workshop. 

Accessing transit 

Bike Walk Montana encourages all forms of active transportation, including transit. Below are the local transit options for you. 

Helena Area Transit (HATS)

Bozeman Streamline

Billings MET Transit 

Missoula Mountain Line

Bike maps and gear

Helena Map

Missoula Map

Billings Map

Sites like Mapmyrun/Mapmyride and Google Maps are good resources to route your commute.

Bike Walk Montana gear including t-shirts, socks, pint glasses, safety and other literature on the Bike Walk Montana website

Business Discounts

Check with your local competition organizers for special discounts and incentives. Contact us if you're not sure who your local organization is.