Utilitarian cycling in many North American cities has seen an upswing in interest and popularity in recent years. Regina is no exception as cycling continues to be a viable option for many Reginans who seek alternative methods to get to and from work and other events in the city.
People choose to bike for many reasons:
- It is more cost effective and efficient than driving;
- it is good for the environment and your health, extending your life expectancy and reducing risk of cardiovascular disease; and
- It contributes to more culture within the city.
Do you want to start riding to work on your bike? Making the shift is much easier than most people think! Follow these easy steps and you will be on your way:
Get a bike
Do you have an old bike? Does a friend or family member have a bike that is sitting in their garage collecting dust? Chances are with some care and maintenance, these bikes can be road-worthy once again! Consult our Bike Maintenance section for some tips on basic bike maintenance and care to get you started.
If you can’t get your hands on a bike, Regina is serviced by three experienced bike shops who will be more than happy to help you find the right bike for your travel needs. These bike shops also offer bike maintenance and repair services in case you can’t fix your old bike on your own.
- Big Sky Cycles
- Dutch Cycle
- Western Cycle Source for Sports
Practice makes perfect! Those who haven’t been on a bike in many years may benefit from some practice on quiet neighbourhood streets or cycle-friendly multi-use pathways. On the weekend, try practicing your route to work at a manageable pace, or try riding your bike to your favourite lunch or coffee spot with a friend.
When you are ready to start riding more, become familiar with the laws and rules of the road that are applicable to you as a cyclist. Note that under City of Regina Bylaw No. 9900 and The Traffic Safety Act of Saskatchewan, bikes are considered vehicles when on public streets and are required to follow all the same rules as cars do. Consult our [rules of the road] section for more information.
You may also want to start thinking about the safest route that you can take to work. Safe routes are usually roads that feature low vehicle volume and intersections that are controlled with traffic lights and/or stop signs. Google Maps and Google Street View are excellent resources for both beginner and seasoned cyclists to virtually test their route before riding. If you have a friend, family member, or colleague who rides their bike to work, you can also ask them what are some routes and bottlenecks to avoid.
Get more comfortable riding
Once you are familiar with your route and become comfortable with riding on the road, work your way up to riding your bike to work once or twice a week and more as you get more comfortable. If you can, try to plan your route so that you can bike with a friend or colleague! Use a backpack or rear panniers to carry a change of clothes, essential toiletries, your lunch, and your work material.
May and September are Bike Regina’s workshop months! Take a look at our workshops to learn about the courses we provide and consider attending one in the spring or fall to sharpen your bike commuting skills.