Bike to Work/School Day
Bike to Work Day is an annual event held each spring across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work. Leading up to Bike to Work Day, national, regional, and local bicycle advocacy groups encourage people to try bicycle commuting as a healthy and safe alternative to driving by providing route information and tips for new bicycle commuters. Bikeatoga is an active supporter of the Bike to Work/School initiative in our community.
The streets of our cities and towns are an important part of the livability of our communities. They ought to be for everyone, whether young or old, motorist or bicyclist, walker or wheelchair user, bus rider or skateboarder. But too many of our streets are designed only for speeding cars, or worse, creeping traffic jams.
Now, in communities across the country, a movement is growing to complete the streets. States, cities and towns are asking their planners and engineers to build road networks that are safer, more livable, and welcoming to everyone.
Instituting a complete streets policy ensures that transportation planners and engineers consistently design and operate the entire roadway with all users in mind – including bicyclists, public transportation vehicles and riders, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.
Bikeatoga fully supports the implementation of Complete Streets policies in our community. On May 2, 2012 Saratoga Springs City Council adopted a Complete Streets policy. For more information, click here.
Our volunteer members have prepared a proposed map of bike boulevards and lanes for Saratoga Springs. A bike boulevard is a street that is optimized for cycling traffic while remaining accessible to motorized vehicles. Please view the proposed map at: Saratoga Springs Bike Boulevards and Lanes
Safe Routes to School
Cycling is an efficient, fun, and healthy way for children to travel to and from school, and it’s a growing part of Safe Routes to School programs nationwide. Safe Routes to School programs enable community leaders, schools and parents to improve safety and encourage more children to safely walk and bike to school. In the process, programs are working to reduce traffic congestion, and improve health and the environment, making communities more livable for everyone. Visit the National Center for Safe Routes to Schools for more information.