Non-Motorized Transportation Plan
Bicycling is one of the most popular forms of recreational activity in the United States with 46% of Americans bicycling for pleasure.
The Non-Motorized Transportation Plan identifies facility priorities will enable local jurisdictions to create attractive and usable infrastructure that will enhance the enjoyment and quality of life for the residents of San Bernardino County.
If you're a current cyclist, or just looking to get back in the saddle, here is useful information about staying safe, bringing your bike on Omnitrans or Metrolink, and finding bike lanes in San Bernardino County.
- Benefits of Biking
- Bike Safety
- Bikes, Buses & Trains
- Biking Links
More bicycle use means a smaller carbon footprint. Autos are the singlelargest source of U.S. air pollution. Short trips are up to three times more polluting per mile than long trips. When bicycling is substituted for short auto trips, 3.6 pounds of pollutants per mile are not emitted into the atmosphere.
Over 66% of the adult US population is overweight and 32% of the US is obese, and one child out of every 4 is overweight. Medical research has well established the fact that a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate physical activity can reduce incidents of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension and improve cardio-vascular fitness. For a 180 pound man, a 10 mile round trip bike commute burns 400 calories. For a 130-pound woman this same commute burns 300 calories.
Bicycle commuting saves on parking fees, parking tickets, fuel costs, auto maintenance costs and transit fares. On a round-trip commute of 10 miles, bicyclists save around $10 daily. Employers benefit from a healthy, active workforce less missing workdays due to sickness. Bicycle industry is part of the overall economy. The U.S. bicycle industry sold $5.9 billion in bicycles and equipment in 2008. Each year, twice as many bicycles are sold than cars in the U.S. Studies have shown that homes closer to bike paths are more valuable.
Four Basic Safety Tips
- Maintain control of your bicycle.
- Protect yourself–reduce the risk of head injury by always wearing a helmet.
- Be visible, alert, and communicate your intentions.
- Ride with traffic.
Other Important Safety Tips
- Stop at all stop signs and red lights.
- Use lights and reflectors at night.
- Ride as near to the right as safely possible.
- Use hand signals to indicate your intention to drivers.
- Follow lane and highway markings.
- Honor others' right of way.
- Be predictable; ride in a straight line even with parked cars.
- Make eye contact with motorists to make sure they see you.
For more safety information, visit:
- Sharing the Road (FFDL 37) - Safety Tips for Bicyclists and Motorists — California Department of Motor Vehicles
- Bicycle Safety & Etiquette: LA Department of Transportation
OmniTrans Bicycle Racks:
With bike racks available on Omnitrans fixed-route buses (excluding OmniGo), you can bring your bike along for the ride and there is no extra charge. Some Omnitrans buses can carry two bikes, and other buses can carry three bikes. Bicycle racks may be used anytime buses are operating. Bikes may be loaded and unloaded at designated stops only. If the rack is full, wait for the next bus. Bicycles are not allowed inside the bus.
Learn more: http://www.omnitrans.org/how-to-ride/bike-rack/
Metrolink Bicycle Cars:
As part of its green initiatives program, Metrolink has added Bike Cars to accommodate more bikes on select trains. The lower levels of the new Bike Cars are equipped with multiple stalls that are designed to hold three bikes each. Bike Cars are identified by a yellow “Bike Car” decal on the side of the train or bike train wrap.
Learn more: http://www.metrolinktrains.com/news/promotions_detail/title/Bike_Guidelines
- SANBAG Interactive Bike Plan Map
Click on the unmarked tab on the left, then select Bike Plan from the list.
- SCAG Active Transportation Site
- SCAG RTP/SCS Active Transportation Chapter
- The League of American Bicyclists: Bike Month Resource Page
- National Bike Month Event Guidebook
- 60 Reasons/Benefits to Biking
- Bicycle Laws
Transportation Planning Analyst
Phone: (909) 884-8276