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TMACOG offers cycling tips during Bike Month

TMACOG offers cycling tips during Bike Month

Photo by Chepe Nicoli on Unsplash By Lance DasherTMACOG Transportation Planner May is Bike Month, when the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) promotes…

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Photo by Chepe Nicoli on Unsplash By Lance DasherTMACOG Transportation Planner

May is Bike Month, when the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) promotes bike safety and the use of bicycles for transportation. A range of bicycle facilities in our region are designed to provide a safer, more comfortable ride. Bicycles are great tools for recreation and exercise as well, but most of the bike facilities across the Toledo area are intended to make it safer to use bicycles for transportation. Cycling can still have its dangers, and some people are more comfortable riding a bike than others.

In our region, most people still view cars as their primary means of transportation. We use our own personal, motorized vehicles in order to get from point A to point B, and many people view driving a car, truck, or van as the only way to get around. Building a physical space for bicyclists can create separation from motorized traffic to help provide a sense of comfort and safety.

Using a bicycle as an alternative mode of transportation is a viable option in a lot of circumstances, and the benefits can include cost savings and a healthier lifestyle. Planning for a connected network of bicycle facilities will greatly help our transportation system in the long run.

Different types of bike facilities offer varying degrees of separation from motorized traffic. Each has its own advantages but can also come with challenges that the planners at TMACOG work to overcome. Education for both riders and drivers […]

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