There are many great reasons to consider traveling to work by bicycle. It's an effective, healthy, inexpensive, and fun alternative that is attracting more and more commuters all over the world.
Today, there's a lot of information on bicycle commuting available on the Internet. When Paul Dorn first created this bike commuting tips site, there were very few sources of information on just how to do it. Paul's website isn't intended as the comprehensive guide to commuting by bicycle. It's not a "program" intended to work for everyone, in every situation. It merely relates the hard lessons learned by one cyclist over many years of riding to work everyday. Paul's hope is that prospective bike commuters will avoid his errors. If nothing else, his experience demonstrates that it can be done. The addiction to driving can be broken, the necessity of mass transit strap-hanging can be avoided. The following might, just might, encourage others to discover how bicycle commuting can enhance their lives.
We believe that local geography and climate make the urban and suburban environments of the South Bay and Peninsula ideal for travel by bicycle.
Bicycling is an antidote to the Bay Area's traffic problems: congestion, street collisions, noise and air pollution.
Bicycling sets a worldwide example of a clean, quiet, nonpolluting, affordable, human-scale form of transportation.
A significant increase in cycling for transportation is a vision which SVBC invites all Bay Area Residents to share.
The Almaden Cycle Touring Club is a group of nearly 1000 bicycle enthusiasts based in the South Bay Area. Emphasis is on group fun and safety, with a variety of bicycling related events for a wide range of ability levels. The Annual Tierra Bella bike ride is held each year in April. Club members volunteer to support this ride which has 2,000 registered riders.
The Alto Velo Bicycle Racing Club is one of America's top amateur cycling clubs. Based in the Silicon Valley of California, Alto Velo supports and encourages bike racing across all categories, with a special emphasis on master's and women's racing. The club also has strong elite men's and women's teams to complement the masters racers.
Velo Girls was founded in March, 2002 by Lorri Lee Lown, a San Francisco Bay Area cyclist. The club is a place where women and girls can share their love for cycling in a safe, friendly, encouraging environment.
The club focuses on fun, recreational riding, with the opportunity to attend cycling skills and general fitness clinics to improve riding and overall fitness. There are scheduled rides for all level of riders from beginners, recreational riders, and racers. We number almost 250 members from throughout the greater Bay Area, including San Francisco, North Bay, East Bay, Silicon Valley, the coast, and the Peninsula. Our online community numbers over 1,000 women cyclists and is an incredible resource.
The Fremont Freewheelers Bicycle Club (FFBC) is a non-profit club organized for the purpose of promoting all facets of bicycling, which includes leisure, recreational, touring and racing, always with an emphasis on bicycle safety and education.
For over a quarter century FFBC has been the proud sponsor the the popular Primavera bicycle tour. The Primavera is a club supported bicycle tour of the local area with four different distances: 100 miles (Century), 100 k, 70 k and 25 miles. The Primavera is usually held the third Sunday in April every year.
Peninsula Velo is a unique mix of racers and recreational riders. Racers participate on the road, track and trails. Club members travel to century rides throughout California. PV gives back to the bicycling community by hosting two of the most popular, longest running races in the area: the San Bruno Hill Climb and the Burlingame Criterium. PV also gives back to the community where we live and ride.
Silicon Valley Mountain Bikers (SVMTB) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) mountain bike organization promoting mountain bike recreation and establishing sustainable trail access in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. SVMTB is a regional chapter of the International Mountain Biking Association.
Western Wheelers Bicycle Club, Inc. is a nonprofit organization based on the San Francisco Peninsula that hosts a variety of rides every month to suit cyclists of all abilities. We have regular weekday morning rides, evening rides during the summer, and rides every weekend. Currently, most rides are road rides, but mountain bikes can be used. Guests are welcome on club rides, unless the description of the ride says that it's for members only.
Adventure Cycling Association’s nonprofit mission is to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle for fitness, fun, and self-discovery. As America's largest recreational cycling association, it has developed the National Bicycle Route Network, encompassing more than 38,158 miles (and growing) of road and mountain bike trails, which are depicted on high-quality route maps.
The Bicycle Friendly America Program is an awards program that recognizes municipalities that actively support bicycling. A Bicycle-Friendly Community provides safe accommodation for cycling and encourages its residents to bike for transportation and recreation. The League of American Bicyclists administers the Bicycle Friendly Community Campaign.
This is the advocacy program of the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, a small, active, non-profit consumer-funded program acting as a clearinghouse and a technical resource for bicycle helmet information. Volunteers from the BHSI serve on the ASTM bicycle helmet standard committee and are active in commenting on actions of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Are you looking for an experienced cycling coach for road bike, triathalons, mountain bike, basic riding skills or just to reach you own personal fitness goal? A professional endurance and fitness coaching company, eliteFitcoach wants to partner you up with your ideal coach. The coaches selected in your area by eliteFitcoach are leaders in their field and desire to provide an exceptional, customized, and caring service to each and every client.
The International Bicycle Fund is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, promoting sustainable transport and international understanding. Major areas of activity are non-motorized urban planning, economic development, bike safety education, responsible travel and cycle tourism, and cross-cultural, educational programs.
The League of American Bicyclists began when bikes, not cars, ruled the roads. Today, this organization is a leader in advocating and educating on behalf of cyclists in every state. They also organize major cycling rallies and support many local and state cycling groups across America.
The goal of The Surface Transportation Policy Project is to ensure that transportation policy and investments help conserve energy, protect environmental and aesthetic quality, strengthen the economy, promote social equity, and make communities more livable.
The mission of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking (NCBW) is to change the way communities are planned, designed, and managed to ensure that people of all ages and abilities can walk and bike easily, safely, and regularly.
Thousands of young athletes aspire to be Olympic and world champions just like Lance Armstrong, Leigh Donovan, Marty Nothstein and Susan Demattei. It is a long, hard road to the top requiring a strong commitment from athletes, parents and you! Your support directly benefits young athletes in all disciplines of cycling.
USA Cycling is the official cycling organization recognized by the US Olympic Committee and is responsible for identifying, training and selecting cyclists to represent the United States in international competitions. The major activities of USA Cycling ensure the ongoing development and safe participation in the sport of cycling.
Active 4 Adventures specializes in bicycle tours all throughout France. Choose your cycling trip by level or theme, or, design your own trip. You can plan your favorite biking vacation according to your personal criteria. Whatever your level, visit various French regions on your touring bike and keep beautiful memories of your holidays!
Andiamo Adventours features informative and personable active-travel opportunities
including walking, hiking, bicycling, glacier treks, and mountain-biking adventures in Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany/Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic and California.
Austin-Lehman Adventures provides all-inclusive luxury adventure travel to areas within the Pacific Coast, Northwest, Rocky Mountains, Southwestern United States, Central & South America, Europe and Africa.
People travel with Backroads year in and year out because they know they're somewhat obsessed about quality, about getting the details right, about spending time meticulously researching routes, visiting new hotels, uncovering cultural wonders and eating at the best trattorias and Michelin-starred restaurants. And, because you get to choose what to do and when to do it. Backroads offers tours throughout America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.
Bike and Barge Holland Tours are the perfect answer to cycling in Europe. The barge is your hotel, restaurant, and baggage carrier. You are served breakfast and dinner on the barge, and you make sandwiches, etc. to carry with you for lunch. The barge supplies a bicycle for everyone (included). There are guided bike trips every day that meet the barge each night at its new destination.
Bike and the Like has been offering personally hosted, affordable, fun bicycle tours since 1994. They visit popular destinations in the U.S. and Europe, such as Cape Cod, Martha's Vinyard, Rhode Island; and from Belgium to Paris, to Bike-and-Barge riding in Holland. Their trips run mainly in the spring and fall when the crowds are gone.
Since 1991, Boston-based adventure-travel company Bike Riders has offered distinctive, elegant bicycle vacations through the regions they know and love: New England, the Canadian Maritimes, Mexico, South America, South Africa and Europe. Over the years, their bike tours have earned a reputation for exciting, off-the-beaten-track itineraries, luxurious inns and outstanding restaurants offering meals brimming with fresh, local specialties.
Bike Volcano guided bicycle tours explore Kilauea Volcano—one of the most Active Volcanoes in the world—from summit to sea. Experiencing the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kilauea’s East Rift Zone and Active Lava Flow up close is simply amazing. The guides will take you through fantastic terrains on mostly downhill and level paved roads and trails while sharing geological and mythological information.
Black Bear Adventure Tours seek out the countries most desirable destinations and select each road to ensure the finest rider experience available. These rides are designed for the avid cyclist who enjoys riding multiple hours each day over varied terrain. These all-inclusive, fully supported tours visit the Blue Ridge Parkway, Carolina Foothills, North Georgia Mountains, Kentucky Bluegrass, Colorado Rocky Mountains and Southern Utah.
Bravo Bike is a fully licensed Spanish travel agency and an experienced cycle tours specialist for Europe. They have experienced partners in many European countries, offering a great variety of very well organised city tours, guided or not guided, running through carefully chosen itineraries and hotels, offering superb sightseeing and cycling enjoyment.
Breaking Away caters to cycling enthusiasts who enjoy the rush of sweeping descents and the thrill of famous switchback climbs, as much as appreciating the beautiful scenery along the way. Choose between their popular TourPak or RacePak/TourPak combos with routes from the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. They also offer Self-Guided Tours perfect for couples or family groups wishing for a more flexible schedule, or Custom/Private Escorted Tours.
"Slow down to see the world," is still Butterfield And Robinson's guiding philosophy after almost four decades on the road. In a line-up of biking and walking journeys that now span more than two-dozen countries and six continents, each route is carefully designed to immerse you in the local culture and reveal a region’s true spirit. Their goal is to create one-of-a-kind journeys for active people who value their freedom and want to see the world a little differently. After all, great travel is about experiencing.
CanUSA offers tours for beginners, intermediates and advanced cyclists with diverse itineraries that encourage exploration in an intimate and exciting way. With approximately 20 tours per summer, you can discover the best of Alberta and British Columbia on a trip that suits you perfectly. CanUSA can even provide route-planning services and sag support to anyone who may require online or telephone guidance about cycling the Canadian Rockies.
Carolina Tailwinds' guiding philosophy is to show you the beauty of the Carolinas' and Virginia's hidden corners, both on 2 wheels and off. With active vacations for all ability levels, each tour combines deluxe accommodations and fine dining with careful planning and personal attention.
Charnes Tours was created to let you experience the magic of Italy through an active vacation. Their philosophy is to offer you rides, hikes and swims, but to let you choose how much you want to do. They offer vacations, not athletic events.
At Ciclismo Classico, their mission is to make every ride or walk like your first - full of learning, excitement, hope, joy and freedom. They thoroughly research and upgrade each itinerary, so that you will experience the best and most authentic aspects of each tour. Your selection of destinations ranges the globe and the itineraries encourage you to taste the regional food, speak the language, discover the history, and even dance with the locals!
Cinghiale Cycling Tours was founded in 1997 by retired professional cyclist, Andy Hampsten. They offer the best views of Tuscany from your own bike! Their goal is for you to have fun, ride in great company, eat and drink heartily, and meet the people of their favorite places in Italy. Riders find the tours an excellent opportunity to not only improve their riding skills, but to hone their Italian taste buds.
Classic Adventures offers tours through North America and Europe featuring excellent cycling, clean and comfortable lodging, a historical and cultural emphasis and friendly, service-oriented guides who share a passion for the region you'll be enjoying.
Country Lanes offers bicycling trips with both easy mileage and more challenging terrain. Their service includes van-supported group tours, self-guided itineraries and a guided tour program with accommodation choices to match your budget and comfort. Daily route options enable you to set your own pace whether you are a beginner or advanced cyclist. Destinations include England and Europe.
At Crossroads they know that anything is possible with a good support system, which is offered on every tour for every rider! They believe in the pursuit of excellence and in their ability to exceed the expectations of their guests. They promise to put your safety, needs and desires above all else as they make your cross-country, or regional American dream tour a reality.
Cycle America offers bicycling vacations to the best destinations that North America has to offer. Choose from a tour in the National Parks of the western US, a coast-to-coast journey (you can ride one segment or all nine for the full experience) or challenge yourself to Pedal the Peaks. A reputation that has been built on professionalism, value, and support ensures that first-time and returning riders will have a great experience no matter which tour you choose.
Cycle Italia has married their unabashed passion for Italy with their extensive experience leading high-quality bicycle tours to bring you the ultimate Italian cycling experience. In no other country will you feel such respect for the sport of cycling. Come share the Italian passion for all good things in life: friends, food, wine, beauty... and the sport that comes from the heart.
For more than three decades Cycle Ventures has pioneered over 60 epic itineraries and hosted hundreds of cyclists. France, the British Isles, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Morocco, Croatia, Slovenia, New Zealand and 12 itineraries in Canada and the US just to name a few. Experience the fine art of a great cycling trip with Cycle Ventures!
Discover an extraordinary world of road bike tours worldwide. Compiled by Cycle Events, these bicycle tours visit the far flung corners of the world, pedal the lush forests and white sand beaches of Thailand, bike through the vineyards of Tasmania, cycle the exotic land of Bhutan, watch the Tour de France or Giro d'Italia. Cycling holidays visit Spain's Camino de Santiago and New Zealand's Southern Alps. You have plenty to choose from.
Whether you want to experience the grandeur of the Tour de France or simply take in the good life with some exquisite food, wine, and surroundings, Destination Cycling will show you how to do it in style. Choose from cycling trips to France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, US, and Canada. With over 18 years of experience specializing in performance, lifestyle, charity, and custom itineraries, their guided cycling vacations cater to every client's unique dream and interests.
Discover France is the leader in active cycling vacations in France, with creative itineraries that feature the best of each region at the greatest possible value. You'll find more than 30 different self-guided tours, lasting as few as 4 to as many as 14 days. The physical demands of the tours range from easy to challenging and all offer unique opportunities to discover French culture and lifestyle.
With Discovery Bicycle Tours, you ride at your own pace from inn to inn and enjoy fine food and great lodging. You are pampered by engaging leaders and supported by a van that moves your luggage and serves as your traveling snack bar and bike-repair shop. They take great pride in showing you the most beautiful and least-traveled corners of our special world, including tours of Maine, Italy, Ireland and Scotland.
DreamRide's cycling vacation services extend to the Western Slope and Front Range of Colorado, the Big Island of Hawaii, San Francisco, California and the Four Corners region of Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado.
Since 1986, Easy Rider Tours has specialized in off-the-beaten-path bike tours in Europe, Canada, and New England. Every Easy Rider tour is more than just a bicycling trip. It’s a cultural immersion, a celebration of the people, traditions, and landscapes which make a place unique.
Specializing in western North America, Escape Adventures is a leader in first-class eco-friendly cycling and multi-sport adventure. In 2006, they became the world's first carbon neutral outfitter, bringing sustainable adventure to all the places they visit, from Alaska to Belize and beyond.
Euro-Bike has been leading active vacations in Europe since 1974. In fact, they were the first US company to offer European bicycle tours. Join them, and you'll see why customers return year after year. Their vacation destinations include 14 European countries and feature the finest guides, routes, and accommodations. You'll appreciate their attention to detail and the extra services they provide. Experience the freedom to pursue your pleasures.
Experience Plus has offered bicycling tours since 1972 and features trips through out Europe, New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, Chile and here in the US! They now offers bicycle tours in over twenty countries.
Gerhard's Bicycle Odysseys take you all over the world from Oregon, to France, Denmark, Norway, Tahiti, Tasmania and more. Every detail of your bicycle tour is planned to provide a stimulating hassle-free vacation. Plan to leave all worries behind, just bring your sense of adventure.
Granfondo Cycling Tours are designed around experiencing the Italian and French cultures and their enthusiasm towards cycling. In addition to cycling, most of the vacations highlight walking tours of the art, architecture and culture of each region.
Colorado Heart Cycle is a non-profit corporation providing bicycle tours all across the US. Heart Cycle was originally formed as a cardiac-research project, but has long since become simply a non-profit bicycle-touring organization. All tours are led by volunteers, and the costs are kept as low as possible consistent with providing quality lodging facilities and support on the road.
For over 30 years Imagine Tours has been providing unique and customized bicycle tours. Join them as they cycle on a branch of China's exotic Silk Road near the Mongolian border. Experience bicycling in China where every day is new and amazing.
Through continued research and reconnaissance, KE’s worldwide portfolio of custom-made trekking, climbing and mountain-biking adventures is without equal. Working in more than 70 countries, destinations include: Europe, South and Central America, SE Asia, Australasia, Asia and Africa.
Nichols Expeditions specializes in guided and self-guided mountain- and road-bike tours. You can't go wrong with fabulous locations, such as Italy, Czech Republic, Spain, France, Slovenia, Peru and Turkey. The guides and staff are fun-loving outdoor specialists who take care of every detail so you will have the cycling vacation of a lifetime!
Orchid Isle Bicycling, located in Kailua Kona, is locally owned and operated. Over the years, they have developed a vast knowledge of the history, geography, culture and the flora and fauna that makes the island paradise unique. They offer a large variety of daily bike tours and custom tours, too.
Outfitter Bicycle Tours' focus is wonderful cycling routes in the best areas of France and Europe. Their rides are not too hard, but can be challenging, your choice. Plus, they feature unique and wonderful places to stay and great food, all for reasonable prices!
PAC Tour (Pacific-Atlantic-Cycling Tour) was started in 1981 by cross-country record holders Susan Notorangelo and Lon Haldeman as a way to offer the long-distance cyclist the ultimate cycling vacation. Lon and Susan offer their experiences from over 70 transcontinental rides to make your PAC Tour, whether it's across the country, or only across a state, as smooth as possible. The support staff is made up of the most professional individuals including many former Race Across AMerica veterans.
ASI Peak Adventures is the outdoor program designed to serve the campus community of California State University, Sacramento, and the other communities in the Northern California region. They provide recreational and educational opportunities through guided outdoor trips, ropes course programs, clinics and classes on many outdoor subjects including biking. Peak Adventures also boasts a full-service bike shop and equipment rentals to prepare you for any journey.
Pedalers Pub & Grille specializes in bike tours in Asia, Alaska and the South Pacific that are designed for cycling enthusiasts and active travelers. They offer longer rides that will satisfy your urge to pedal, while still leaving ample time to explore off the bike. And the routes and lodges are thoughtfully chosen with an eye towards experiencing the area's sights, sounds, flavors and lifestyle first hand.
Randonnée tours are available in Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Spain, and the United States. These customized self-guided trips are perfect for individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends. Personal, thoughtful trips with all the arrangements made for you.
Rim Tours mountain-bike adventures of Moab offers the very best tours in pristine and beautiful backcountry locations in the western US. Rim Tours' experienced staff will ensure your mountain biking vacation is one to remember with stunning campsites as well as incredible rides.
The Student Hostelling Program offers bicycle tours and multisport outdoor travel adventures through the countrysides and cultural centers of the world. SHP trips provide adventure, fun, outdoor education, and the opportunity for emotional growth while at the same time providing one of the safest and most wholesome youth environments available.
There's no better way to discover the secrets of the English countryside than with Suffolk/Norfolk Cycle Breaks. These cycling holidays offer a chance to unwind and to discover the more subtle charms of the countryside at your own pace. With quiet rural lanes, pretty villages and beautiful countryside they pick out the ideal locations for a relaxing cycling holiday.
Bicycle with Terra Trek throughout the US as they journey from high deserts to glacially carved valleys, from mountains reaching skyward to romantic islands and along winding coastlines to ancient canyons.
Timberline Adventures' cycling programs, include the Odyssey Series, 10-day Classics in Colorado, Canada, Big Sky, the Oregon Coast, Rainier, Columbia River, Canyon Country; the 9-day Ramblers; and the Heartland programs in the Texas Hill Country and Bluegrass region of Kentucky. These programs are innovative, athletic and adventurous, and they're created by cyclists for cyclists.
With Trek Travel, you may find your experience waiting among the high peaks of the French Alps, along Ireland’s Emerald Coast, or among Northern California’s fruitful vineyards. Trek Travel will lead you there, and craft for you an experience uniquely yours, a journey uniquely Trek Travel.
Velo Classic Tours' motto is: "Ride through history. Live in luxury." This is their passionate and simple philosophy and invitation to cyclists who want to share their vision of a European cycling adventure.
In 1997, Velo Echappe' started the fantasy trend of vacations featuring the world's greatest cycling and triathlon legends, such as Eddy Merckx, Phil Anderson, Sean Kelly and Mark Allen. Every effort is made to ensure that each vacation has the highest level of accommodations whether you travel to Tuscany, the French Alps, to Mark Allen's Tri Camp or to the Tour de France.
VBT has led the way in designing and running deluxe bicycling vacations that invigorate and pamper! You'll travel at your own pace in small groups of 14 to 20 for an intimate experience. Their global offices, expert Trip Leaders and support staff take care of all the details allowing you to fully enjoy your vacation and get to know the places you travel as only a native can. Destinations include the US, Canada, Europe and New Zealand.
Saddle up and pedal into the sunset with Western Spirit Cycling. A huge variety of trips are available for any level of rider. Dissolve into Idaho's backcountry hot springs, retrace Lewis and Clark's journey through the Bitterroot Mountains or test your technical skills on the Kokopelli Trail. And then there's the food... Dutch-oven lasagna, fresh Maine lobster or sizzling fajitas, followed by a sinfully-sized portion of homemade carrot cake or strawberries and chocolate fondue.
WomanTours offers personalized, inn-to-inn road-bike tours exclusively for women. They design their trips for women of all ages, abilities and lifestyles in the most beautiful places across the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia, providing unique experiences that foster confidence, happiness and a sense of adventure.