New to bike commuting? Here's a series of articles on the BTA's blog on specific bike skills that will make you more road-savvy and commute-ready:
- Looking Behind You
- Road Positioning
- Making a Left Turn
- Preparing for Rain
- Bike Lights and Biking at Night
- Carrying Things by Bike
- Bikes on transit (transit list below)
- Locking you Bike
- Biking Through Wet Leaves
You can also brush up your bike riding and maintenance skills at our commute workshops (see below) or in classes at your local bike shops and organizations (including The Bike Gallery in the Portland area, River City Bicycles in Portland, GEARS in Eugene, and the Community Cycling Center in Portland, Women on Bikes in Portland).
Commuting and legal workshops
The BTA regularly leads public bike commuting workshops around the Metro-region (and sometimes the state), and hosts bike legal clinics at our Portland office.
Accessing transit with your bike
All of the transit services listed below accommodate bikes. Visit these agencies' websites or contact them to find out how you can make your commute by bike and transit. A bike and transit trip counts as a bike commute in the Bike Commute Challenge (though the mileage you record should be the distance you biked.)
Portland metro area: TriMet
Clark County: C-TRAN (see How to Ride)
Sandy area: SAM
Albany:Albany Transit System
Corvallis: Corvallis Transit System
Eugene/Springfield: Lane Transit District
Rogue Valley: RVTD
Is this section missing something? Let us know.
Bike maps and gear
To find a bike map for your area, visit the BTA's bike map index page.
For other gear, visit your local bike shop (and use your bike shop discount - details below).
BTA tshirts, ankle straps, Metro bike maps, a bicycle legal guide and other literature are for sale on the BTA website.
Bike shop discount
Bike shops around the state support the Challenge by giving discounts to participants. After you've logged seven bike trips, print out your calendar to prove it and redeem your 10% discount at participating bike shops.