The route you take can make all the difference to your experience. Ask an experienced rider in your workplace or someone who lives near you for tips and advice for what makes the best route.
The most direct route may not necessarily be the best route. You may consider riding around a hill instead of straight up it. Quiet back streets may require more stopping and starting, but you may find them preferable to the main roads. And of course, being on a bicycle allows you to make use of off-street bike paths, and small ‘short cuts’ not available when you are driving a car.
Indeed, many experienced commuters sometimes find driving the car frustrating as they can’t use their regular, quick, cycling route.
Many people also alter their routes depending upon the time of day, the weather and even the direction of travel. (Sometimes, the return route will vary from the initial route quite markedly, depending upon intersections etc).
If your commute is too far – part way is okay. You could drive in part-way, park, and then swap to the bike. Or, you could ride to your local train station – many of which have secure parking facilities. Check out the location of the Lock ‘n’ Ride Bike Shelters provided at many of the Perth’s train stations here and you can register to use the secure bike parking facilties here.
ONLINE GUIDES, MAPS AND ROUTE ASSISTANCE
Google Maps – Choose ‘Get Directions’ and select pick ‘bike’ as your preferred method of getting around. Makes use of designated bike paths and lanes. You can ‘drag’ the route to change it and to better suit your preferences. Currently in ‘beta’ version for Australia.
Ride the City – Select your city, origin, destination and away you go. Choose between the safest or most direct route.
Department of Transport – Active Transport produces a range of free brochures, facts sheets, guides and maps, which are available to download online.
TravelSmart – TravelSmart encourages people to make small changes in their travel choices. TravelSmart is a program that works directly with individuals in their households to help them make informed travel choices about how to get to places using their cars less and walking, cycling and using public transport more.
SmartTransportWA – Smart Transport is your central hub of information, with data-driven tips, suburb specific advice, instructions on how to use your favourite mapping apps effectively, and more. Content is regularly updated with tips so visit often and make small, smarter changes to improve your journey.