If you live in Cleveland, your bike can be more than a fun diversion to your otherwise busy day. It can be a reliable mode of transportation. All it takes is a little planning and commitment, and you can be on your way to becoming a Cleveland cyclist commuter.
Before you get started, here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Safety and comfort matter. A helmet, bike lights, and the right clothing is going to make all the difference. Think you can ride three miles to work, while wearing jeans? If it’s warm outside, you’re going to be sweating by the time you reach your destination. Besides, keeping your jeans out of the chain is going to be a hassle. So check the weather, dress appropriately, and plan to change into other clothes once you get to work.
- There aren’t many bike lanes. Actually, with the exception of a few signs here and there, there are very few accommodations for cyclists in Cleveland. That said, avoid main roads, learn how to take a lane when needed, and don’t ride against traffic or on sidewalks, and you should stay safe.
- Go Green(way). Not interested in worrying about traffic? Head to the Greenway. With miles of track for walking and biking, the Greenway connects much of Cleveland and can be used to get you from point A to point B. While it may be tricky to get to the Greenway from your home, once you get there you’re golden. Just be careful to avoid collisions with walkers, dogs, and children learning to ride skateboards.
Now that you know a few tips on biking through Cleveland, Tennessee, what are you waiting for? Grab your bike and get going! You’ll soak up some sun, have great views, save gas money, and improve your health.