5 Tips for escaping the city by e-bike
Follow in the wheel tracks of other riders
If you are looking for the most peaceful and enjoyable route through the city turn to apps such as Strava and Komoot as both use information generated by their community of users to show you where other cyclists are choosing to ride.
If you take a look at Strava’s heat map you will clearly see the dominant route that cyclists are using to escape the city. As it is the preferred route of frequent cyclists it is likely to be the one that feels safest.
Komoot also shares the wisdom of its community of bike riders with user generated routes, sites of interest or even cafes to include in your own route planning. Both Strava and Komoot allow you to plan routes that include cycle paths, shared use paths and national cycle networks so you can pick the most cycling friendly route to your green destination.
Canals and rivers
When you look at a map of your city you might notice that as well as arterial roads leading out of the centre there are rivers or canals bisecting the cityscape. Historically waterways were fast efficient trade and transport routes, before motorised transport took over. Now in many cities they provide green corridors for nature and leisure routes for people, keeping them away from busy roads. If you are lucky enough to live in a city that has curated its cycle infrastructure to take in riverside cycle-paths these are one of the most peaceful and direct routes to leave the city by bike.
Take the slower lane
Riding out from the city to the countryside is a pleasurable experience. As you pick your way through the suburbs you’ll notice the changes; roads become less congested, the buildings more spaced out. Instead of captive pockets of trees in parks and tiny front gardens you will start to see fields and forest, nature unlimited and unconstrained. As you get further from your familiar city streets the ride starts to feel more like an adventure.
Leaving the city by train the division between town and country is over in a flash. In a car you are trapped within your bubble, unable to notice when the city smells of traffic fumes and take-aways are replaced by fresh air and farmyards. One of the joys of travelling by bike is that you are moving at the right speed to observe these changes and notice what is happening around you.