By Marc Martorell
Cycling is more than getting from one place to another and even more than a sport. Committing to this way of life is a deliberate choice, so no wonder people want to take their bikes everywhere they go. Even in the most industrialised regions of the world, there is someone who prefers using the power of their muscles to move around. Although it may seem otherwise, the famed city of Las Vegas has a lot to offer its residents in that department.
On the other hand, this should not come as such a big shock. After all, Nevada is a big state, known for large deserts and vast open spaces. Those are the ideal conditions for the likes of cyclists, hikers and long-distance runners. And while, yes, it’s true that the Vegas Strip is full of luxurious casinos, nightclubs, hotels and resorts, but other than that, there are many exciting places to visit while riding a bike.
City engineers understand cycling is the most environmental method of travelling and a critical part of the transportation system within the city limits. By following simple eco-friendly rules, bikers tend to be more conscious of our planet during their travels in general. It is also a significant opportunity to sightsee from a different perspective. Naturally, a centre of entertainment like Vegas has a lot to offer, so you won’t be bored on your stopovers. And though some of the attractions can get a little pricey, the Internet provides a few frugal ideas for those looking to have fun in this famous place on a budget.
In 2016, both Las Vegas and the city of Henderson were awarded bronze-level status of bicycle-friendly cities by the League of American Bicyclists. Although there didn’t seem to be as many bikers, they couldn’t complain about the infrastructure. Since that time, Vegas has been consistently improving in the matter of new bike lanes, shared roadways and paved paths. Among the most attractive places for cycling in the area, recommended by the riders themselves, are, for example, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Springs Preserve, Pittman Wash Trail and Cornerstone Park.