How to plan a bike route for your commute to work: Seven tips and tools you need to know about

The route you’d take if you were driving is probably not the best route for a cycle commute

Cyclist riding in a bike lane
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As a driver you're likely to know the fastest commute. However, if you've decided to ditch the car and cycle to work this route may not be so well-suited to two-wheels. 

While experience will tell you areas where you can perhaps steal a jump on the stalled traffic,  you can almost certainly make your commute easier and less stressful by finding some alternative routes that bypass them altogether. You’ll probably find they're faster, that you can keep riding steadily rather than stopping and starting for lights and junctions and that you’ll not be riding through traffic fumes either.

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