Whether you want a more active commute, a way to get more exercise, or a leisurely way to reduce stress, walking and bicycling in Marin County is a great option. Below are some helpful tips on how to get started:
- Choose your mode: Use Google Maps to determine how far away your destination is. If it’s one mile or less, walking is often a great option. If it’s over one mile, consider bicycling!
- Dust off your bike, or find the right one for you: If you need help fixing up your bicycle, or finding the right bike for you, try reaching out to a local bike shop – they are happy to help!
- Find & practice your route: Use the map resources above to plan your route ahead of time. If you are trying a new commute, consider testing it out on a weekend so that you can get comfortable and gauge how long it will take with no time constraints.
- Be prepared: Take a look at the weather forecast to figure out what clothes to wear or bring, and consider wearing something that is bright or reflective and easy to see. If you’re walking, make sure you have comfortable walking shoes. If you’re biking, make sure you’re familiar with the rules of the road and do the ABC Quick Check to make sure your bike is ready to ride.
Enjoy the ride, or walk! Bicycling and walking is good for you and our community. Not only can it help you improve your health, save money, and reduce stress, it can help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion in our community.