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Biking

Biking is cheap, fun, and eco-friendly! A bicycle is certainly one of the least expensive ways to get around. It's healthier for you and for the environment. If you can’t bicycle all the way to work, have you thought about bicycling to a bus stop and then loading the bicycle on the bike racks on the bus for the rest of the trip? All Cortland Transit buses have bike racks on the front of the bus. How about bicycling to the store or farmers market instead of using your car?

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Bike Routes

The Millenium Trail is a bike route through Cortland that runs along... and connects X to Y.

For bike trails, visit the Trails page.

Bike Racks

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Bikes Racks on Cortland Transit
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Safety Tips

Top 10 Safe Cycling Tips

  • 1. Ride defensively. Be aware at all times.

  • 2. Cyclists should always ride single file, each following safety rules and signals independently.

  • 3. Wearing light, bright clothing improves visibility.

  • 4. Cyclists should use caution when riding at night.Reflectors, headlights, and backlights are all necessary.

  • 5. Cyclists should never wear headphones or use a cell phone while biking. These prevent you from hearing other sounds around you.

  • 6. When approaching an intersection, cyclists must stop, look both ways, and signal.

  • 7. Always use hand signals to show turns and stops.

  • 8. Ride on the right side, with traffic.

  • 9. Everyone should always wear a helmet. The law requires all children under the age of 14 to wear a helmet when bicycling or skateboarding.

  • 10. Make sure your helmet fits properly. The front should be about an inch above eyebrows, in center of the forehead, securely clasped and snug under the chin. No baseball caps under the helmet.

Share the Road

How to Safely Share the Road with Motorists

  • The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists. Obey all traffic control devices and use hand signals to indicate stops and turns.

  • Always wear a properly fitting helmet. Wear a helmet, no matter how short the trip.

  • Ride on the right. Ride in the same direction as traffic. Use the furthest right line that heads to your destination.

  • Ride Predictably. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve in the road or between parked cars. Check for traffic before entering a street or intersection. Anticipate hazards and adjust accordingly.

  • Be visible. Wear brightly colored clothing that provides contrast. Use a white front light and a red rear light in low light conditions. Use a reflector or reflective tape or clothing at any time. Announce yourself by making eye contact with motorists.

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Resources

The Love to Ride app tracks your rides.

You can also go back to your completed trips and rate sections of the ride on how comfortable you felt while riding. 

Download the Love to Ride app from the App Store or Google Play Store.

Pocket Guide to Riding a Bicycle Safely in New York State

Commute by Bike

Safety tips, news, and reviews for bike commuters.

Bicycle Tutor

A great stash of videos to show you how to repair your bike.

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