Cycling is a healthy activity, it doesn't pollute the air and it saves you gas and parking expenses compared to using a car. But riding a bicycle in traffic can be intimidating. Bicycling with someone else increases your visibility in traffic and helps ensure your safety in the event of a flat tire or road accident.
Bicyclists registered through RideShare are eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides a free taxi cab ride home from work in case of emergency on a day that you use a commute alternative like cycling.
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Commuting Long Distances
Commuting long distances is not a barrier for people willing to combine a bicycle trip with public transit. Johnson County Transit has bike racks on its larger buses and The Metro offers bike racks all 40-passenger and 25-passenger buses. Simply ride to a bus stop, load your bike on an easy-to-use bus bike rack and continue the next leg of your commute. Johnson County Transit also provides bike lockers at several designated stops and park-and-ride lot locations. Ride your bike to the stop, store it in a locker and ride your bike home again from the stop or park-and-ride location.
Bicycling Tips for Commuters
What bicyclists should know about sharing the road and commuting safely:
Remember to plan your bike route by driving it first.
Stay aware of your surroundings.
Maintain and inspect your bike before every trip.
Dress suitably at night and in bad weather.
Carry drinking water, a phone, and a bicycle-mounted bag for storage.
Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.
Use a front- and rear-bicycle light at night or in low-light conditions.
Take your place in traffic.
Ride predictably and visibly.
Know and follow all traffic laws.
Kansas City B-Cycle
, powered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, is a bike-sharing system that is available from March to November serving downtown Kansas City with 12 stations and 90 bikes. The pricing structure is set up to encourage quick rides from point to point.
Walking can also be a commute alternative — either the entire distance, if you live close to work or school, or from a bus stop or a park-and-ride lot. Be creative with your commuting options. Use the bus to get to work or school in the morning, and ride your bike home in the evening, or vice versa. Pick certain days during the week to ride your bike consistently.