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Commuting by bike

Commuting by bike


photo: person riding bicycle
  1. Map out a route and try it on a weekend. Some local cities have their own bike maps, or use your favorite mapping app set to the bike layer.
  2. Learn the rules of the road. Obey stop signs, traffic signals, speed limits on trails. Cycle in the same direction as other traffic unless the bike facility is marked otherwise. Ride predictably. Use hand-signals for your turns. When passing other riders or pedestrians, say "passing on your left," then pass slowly.
  3. Learn about different kinds of bike facilities in Seattle.
  4. Gear up for safety and comfort. Cyclists of all ages need a helmet at all times by King County law, a front light and rear reflector in darkness. Wear light-colored or reflective clothing, and dress for the weather.
  5. At work check out where you'll park your bike, shower and change your clothes.
  6. If you'll be biking to your bus, train or boat, check Metro's Bikes & Transit pages, with information about taking your bike on transit, parking at transit, and other bike resources in the Puget Sound region.

Health benefits

Bicycling is a great way to get to work and can reduce stress. Bicycling also provides numerous health benefits, such as:

  • Reducing blood cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure,
  • Increasing cardiovascular endurance, and
  • Burning calories, keeping weight down and energy up.

Read more about improving your overall health and well-being »

Lockers and showers

Need a place to shower or change after biking ride to work? Many King County work sites have lockers and showers available. Contact your Employee Transportation Program Manager (info at right) for more information.

Go to the Bike Resources page »

Special incentive program for King County employees who bike to work

The King County Employee Transportation Program has a special incentive program for county employees who carpool, bike, or walk to worksites outside downtown Seattle.

Learn more »