Oft times when one hears the word “commuting cyclist”, the picture that comes to mind is that of a cyclist who rides to work every day … regardless of extreme weather … regardless of distances … regardless of anything but the commitment to ride to work everyday.
While it is true that the above described cyclist is indeed a cycling commuter, there are many other cyclist who also fit into the world of “commuting cyclist”. Maybe it is the cyclist who rides to work one or two days a week. Or maybe it is the cyclist who drives (or takes the bus) halfway to work, then rides a bike the remaining distance. Or maybe it is the cyclist who does not ride to work, but does ride a bike to do those weekly shopping and/or errand trips that are within a reasonable distance of that cyclist’s residence.
It is estimated that nearly 50% of all trips in metropolitan areas are less than 3 miles, and 28% are less than 1 mile. (source article)
Living Streets Alliance, in the hopes of improving the urban transportation experience for all, encourages people to minimize the number of trips via cars and/or trucks, and maximise the number of trips via mass transit, bicycles or by foot. To go completely “car free”, while possible for some, is not practical for most.
Besides the benefits to the community derived from reduced number of cars and trucks on the road, there are two very compelling benefits to be realized by the individual who makes the decision to utilize non-vehicle means of urban travel. Costs related to personal cars is the second largest expense item for most families, and fuel is the largest single component within this category. So economically, you can save money by reducing the number of miles driven in your vehicle. The other primary benefit to be derived from commuting is health-related … improved health, along with reduced stress, greatly increases an individual’s quality of life.
Below are some helpful links about how to do this.
City of Tucson, Pima County and PAG
General Commuting Websites