Planning your ride to work route
I often see cyclists riding on alarmingly busy roads when I know there are quieter and safer back streets only yards away. The beauty of riding a bike is the flexibility and choices that it provides. You can peel off the main road routes and use the alternative cycling path network: designated cycle paths, designated tow paths and bridleways (but not footpaths), but please check that they are actually designated for cycling.
Riding away from the main routes will take you away from the stress and fumes onto a quieter network that often will run parallel to the main route, and sometimes will provide a shortcut not available to drivers.
Why not get out a map and plan your alternative route to work?
Cycle Streets Journey Planner www.cyclestreets.net
BC Avoiding hazards when Cycling www.cyclescheme.co.uk
Sheffield Cycle map Download (PDF)
BC How to filter in traffic www.youtube.com/britishcycling