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Biking and Walking

Freedom, fitness and fun—all
in one smart commute.

Your commuting mode, also doubles as a fitness machine.

What is it?

Use your bike’s two wheels (or your own two feet!) to get to work—and have more fun getting around.

Why bike or walk?

Biking and walking are fun and healthy ways to avoid a car commute altogether.

Both options are good for your health, great for your wallet and awesome for our planet (by getting cars off the road). You’ll also get in your workout (without a gym membership) and release endorphins that help your mind and body feel great.

A Fresher Option:

More perks…

  • Save yourself time, stress and money by using free transportation (your own muscles).
  • Reduce time at the gym (while still getting your exercise).
  • Refresh your mood while avoiding time stuck in traffic.
  • It’s good for your health and GREAT for your budget and our planet.
  • Track your walking scores in our trip planner for recognition and incentives.

Did You Know?

  • In Stanislaus County, only 1.2% of people walk to work. (But you can change that!)
  • Fumes emitted by cars are the second leading factor contributing the rise in greenhouse gases.


Bicycle safety is paramount for cyclists of all levels, but it’s especially critical for beginners who may be less experienced in navigating roads, understanding traffic rules, and handling their bicycles.

Here’s a collection of bicycle safety tips that beginner cyclists should be aware of.

Helmet Use

Helmet Use

Always wear a properly fitted helmet when cycling. Helmets reduce the risk of head injuries in case of accidents. Ensure the helmet sits level on your head and covers your forehead, with the chin strap securely fastened.

Bicycle inspection

Bicycle Inspection

Before every ride, inspect your bicycle for any issues. Check tire pressure, brakes, chain, and gears. Ensure that all parts are functioning properly and make necessary adjustments or repairs before hitting the road. See the Bicycling “ABC Check” below.



Enhance your visibility to motorists and other cyclists. Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially in low-light conditions. Use lights and reflectors on your bicycle, both in the front and rear, to make yourself more visible to others.

Obey Traffic Laws

Obey Traffic Laws

Bicycles are considered vehicles, and cyclists must follow the same traffic laws as motorists. This includes stopping at stop signs and traffic lights, yielding to pedestrians, using hand signals for turning, and riding in the same direction as traffic.

Ride Defensively

Ride Defensively

Always assume that drivers may not see you and be prepared for unexpected maneuvers. Maintain a safe distance from parked cars to avoid getting hit by opening car doors, and be cautious at intersections, especially when making left turns.

Stay Alert

Stay Alert

Keep your eyes and ears open while riding. Avoid distractions such as using headphones or talking on the phone. Be aware of your surroundings, including other vehicles, pedestrians, road conditions, and potential hazards.

Use Bike Lanes and Paths

Use Bike Lanes and Paths

Whenever possible, ride in designated bike lanes or paths. These areas provide a safer environment for cyclists away from vehicle traffic. However, always be cautious and watch for pedestrians and other cyclists. A list of trails in our area is available for Modesto and for Waterford.

Be predictible

Be predictible

Signal your intentions to other road users. Use hand signals when turning or changing lanes. Make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you before proceeding.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Carry essential items such as a spare tube, tire levers, a pump, and basic tools for minor repairs. Additionally, have a plan in case of emergencies, including knowing how to handle flats, falls, or injuries and carry identification and have emergency contact information easily accessible. Staniscruise offers a free Emergency Ride Home service for cyclists in case you do get stuck.

Plan Your Route

Plan Your Route

Choose well-lit routes with smoother surfaces to reduce the risk of accidents. Familiarize yourself with the area beforehand to avoid getting lost. Not sure where to start? Use the Staniscruise trip planner.

Buddy System

Buddy System

Consider riding with a friend or a group, as there’s safety in numbers. Stick together and communicate any concerns or obstacles during the ride. Staniscruise can help find you a buddy to ride using our trip planner and selecting bike buddy.

Continuous learning

Continuous Learning

Keep improving your cycling skills and knowledge. Take cycling safety courses, read about bicycle safety tips, and practice defensive riding techniques. The League of American Cyclists offers a variety of educational resources and classes for cyclists.

By following these bicycle safety guidelines, beginner cyclists can enjoy their rides while minimizing the risks associated with cycling on roads and paths. Remember that safety is a shared responsibility among all road users, so always prioritize caution and respect for others while cycling.

The ABC’s

of Cycling

Content from League of American Bicyclists

The ABC's of Cycling

Before every bike ride, make sure you do the ABC Check.

A is for air

Check your front and rear tire air pressure. Every tire should have the recommended tire pressure, or PSI, on the side of the tire.

B is for brakes

Check to see that the breaks will stop the front and rear wheels from spinning. The brake pads should be clean, straight and should make contact the rims properly.

C is for Chain

Turn the pedals and cranks to see if the chain drives the rear wheel. The chain should not exhibit excessive rust or dirt. If the bike has gears check to make sure the gear levers and derailleurs (gear-changing mechanism) work to shift the chain between gears.


Check that the seat post is secure and at the proper height. If the seat post or wheels have a quick release mechanism make sure those are secure. Make sure the handlebars are tight.

Your Bike

By following these best practices, you can greatly reduce the risk of your bicycle being stolen while it’s locked up.

Use a Quality Lock

Invest in a good quality U-lock, chain lock, or cable lock. Look for locks made of hardened steel which are more resistant to cutting and tampering.

Lock Frame and Wheels

Secure both the frame and at least one wheel to a fixed object like a bike rack. If possible, lock both wheels and the frame together. Remove any quick-release components like the front wheel and take them with you or lock them up as well.

Choose a Secure Location

Select a well-lit, highly visible area with heavy foot traffic to lock up your bike. Thieves are less likely to target a bike in a busy area with lots of people passing by.

Lock to a Fixed Object

Use a sturdy bike rack or a fixed object like a metal pole or railing that can’t be easily removed or broken.

Lock Properly

Pass the lock through the bike frame and wheels and then around the fixed object. Make sure the lock is tight with minimal space inside to prevent thieves from inserting tools.

Avoid Easily Cuttable Objects

Avoid locking your bike to objects that can be easily cut or broken, such as wooden posts or thin trees.

Secure Components

If you have removable components like lights or saddlebags, take them with you or secure them separately.

Register Your Bike

Register your bike with local authorities or online databases. This can help recover your bike if it’s stolen.

Be Vigilant

Even with the best precautions, theft can still occur. Periodically check on your bike if possible and report any suspicious activity to authorities.


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