Inside CIRTA’s Bike Buddy Program

Inside CIRTA’s Bike Buddy Program

As summer approaches, it’s time to strap on your helmet and get back on your bike. We believe that cycling is one of the best forms of transportation you can choose with benefits including improved physical and mental health, reduced carbon emissions, and less traffic congestion. However, we also know that it can be intimidating if you have limited cycling experience, or if you don’t have working knowledge of available bike routes. This is where Commuter Connect’s “Bike Buddy” program comes in. This free program is here to provide you with the support you need to enhance your cycling skills and get the most out of your summer!

What is the Bike Buddy program?

The Bike Buddy program allows cyclists of all backgrounds and levels to work one-on-one with an assigned Bike Guide. After submitting your application, our staff will match you with an experienced cyclist who’s been trained by Bike Indianapolis. They’ll help you plan safe and efficient routes, as well as educate you on cycling rules and regulations. Your Bike Guide can help you map your route to work, show you where to park your bike, and plan how you can best transport necessary items!

Benefits of having a Bike Buddy

How does biking with a buddy improve your daily life? First off, it helps you stay safe. Beginners or those who are nervous to ride alone can greatly benefit from the support of an experienced instructor, who can share knowledge about traffic rules, safe cycling practices, and navigating challenging road conditions. Plus, an extra pair of eyes can increase your awareness of possible hazards, which goes a long way in keeping you safe and increasing your confidence! Your Bike Buddy also helps you improve your health and fitness by meeting you at your level and working with you to increase your skills and stamina. No matter your experience level, you can incorporate cycling into your daily routine and reap the benefits! Choosing cycling also goes a long way towards improving air quality in Central Indiana. So, hop on your bike and join your buddy on a ride to help create a greener and cleaner community!

How does the Bike Buddy program work?

All you have to do to get started with your very own Bike Buddy is complete this form with your location and biking goals, and it’ll be securely sent to Commuter Connect. Once we receive your application, we’ll match you with a free Bike Guide with whom you will arrange a time and place to meet. Then, it’s just about enjoying your ride! We hope that your Bike Buddy will help you with incorporating biking into your daily life in many ways!

Visit our Bike Buddy homepage to fill out your application and get matched with a Bike Buddy today! If you have any additional questions, feel free to reach out to us at Happy biking!