Biking in Southern Nevada
Commuting by Bike
If you're thinking about commuting to work by bike, here are some tips and resources to consider as you make the switch from four wheels to two.
- Wear a bike helmet. A helmet can be the difference between a serious injury and a minor injury.
- Be visible. Wear reflective material or bright clothing. Attach lights to your bike for night rides. Do whatever you can to make sure drivers can see you.
- Be predictable. Don’t make sudden turns or weave in and out of traffic. Make your actions predictable so that drivers can anticipate your position. Use hand signals to indicate turns, and follow the rules of the road.
Plan Your Route
- The route you drive to your destination is not usually the best route for biking. Often, the best biking route might be slightly longer but safer. Consider distance, traffic volume, road width, condition, and terrain when selecting a route.
- Do a test-run of your route. The weekends are a great time to test out and time your bike-to-work route and make adjustments if necessary.
- The RTC is working on linking bicycle facilities to transit service and providing bike routes along transit corridors. Check out the RTC’s Bike Map Brochure and Neon To Nature to find bike lane and trails.
Combine Biking and Riding the Bus
- More and more transit systems are finding ways to accommodate bicyclists. All RTC vehicles serving the Las Vegas Valley are equipped with a bicycle rack that can accommodate up to two or three bikes and there is no additional cost to bring a bike along for a ride. This is a great way to shorten your bike commute. Learn how to use the online Transit Trip Planner and plan your route before you get to your bus stop.
- The RTC has great step by step instructions on how to use the bicycle racks on all RTC vehicles.
- Utilize the new RTC Ride Tracker mobile website to help you locate the nearest bus stop and find out how long until the next bus arrives at your stop. The RTC’s new mobile website can be accessed via any internet enabled smartphone, just type in rtcsnv.com on your smartphone’s web browser, click on the transit icon and you will have access to Ride Tracker.
Know Basic Bike Maintenance
- Carry bike-specific tools that will allow you to fix a flat tire or tighten a loose brake cable etc. Bring along a spare tube and a small air pump for emergencies.
Start out easy. If you haven’t been on a bike since you were young, start with a short ride around the neighborhood. Then try running to the store using your bike. Gradually build up your comfort level. Ride to work a few times during the week and see how that goes for a while, then increase the number of days you ride. The goal isn’t to stop driving to work completely but to give you an alternative method of transportation.
Bike Commuting Resources