OAKLAND, Calif., May 2 Bicyclists across the country aregearing up for National Bike Month in May. In the Bay Area, events include aTeam Bike Challenge and the region's 14th annual Bike to Work Day on May 15,which will celebrate bicycling as a healthy, green, fun and practical form ofeveryday transportation.
Team Bike Challenge started May 1 and continues through May. Anoverwhelming success for the past few years, this event encourages bicyclecommuters to recruit their colleagues, friends and neighbors to ride theirbicycles to work, school and other destinations throughout May, tracking theirtrips made by bicycle and competing against other teams to earn the mostcommute points and win great prizes. Winning teams will be announced onJune 2. For further information, visit http://bicycling.511.org/ and go to theTeam Bike Challenge page.
Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 15 will feature over 150 EnergizerStations located along local bike-commute routes in all nine Bay Areacounties. The stations will provide free beverages, snacks and good cheer tobicyclists. Organizers expect tens of thousands of bicyclists to participate,making this a great day for new or hesitant bike commuters to get started. Tobe eligible to win raffle prizes, including a brand-new bike and otherbike-related prizes, bicyclists can visit http://bicycling.511.org/, click on"Bike to Work Day," and pledge to ride to work on May 15, or at least one dayduring the month of May.
2008 Bike Commuters of the Year from each of the nine Bay Area countieshave been chosen and will receive an award from the MetropolitanTransportation Commission (MTC) in recognition of their exemplary commitmentto commuting by bicycle.
Note to Editors: Bike Commuters of the Year are listed by county at theend of this release.
Dozens of Bay Area events during the month of May will get people excitedabout the benefits of bicycling. In the face of global warming, skyrocketinggas prices and the daily stress caused by sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic,many Bay Area residents are turning to bicycling as an alternative form oftransportation. "The benefits of cycling are numerous. More people bicyclingmeans less road congestion, more physically active adults and children, and acleaner environment," said Cole Portocarrero, Bike to Work Day coordinator.
Visit the Bike to Work Day pages at http://bicycling.511.org/ for detailsabout local events in all nine Bay Area counties, or call 511 and say"Bicycling." Get your bike tuned up now, and get ready to hop on and go!
The San Francisco Bay Area's Bike to Work Day 2008 is sponsored by MTC inconjunction with Kaiser Permanente and support from the Bay Area BicycleCoalition, county bicycle coalitions, county congestion management agenciesand hundreds of local volunteers.
Alameda County: Dave Jones. "Three years ago and 45 pounds heavier, myhusband decided he wanted to live a fuller and healthier life," says Dave'swife, Margi. "He has since adopted the bike mentality and lives the bikelifestyle to its fullest. He is responsible for getting our four-year-old topreschool -- he takes her on his bike. When he commutes to the South Bay fromAlameda for work, it is never by car -- he bikes to BART and then rides fromFremont to Milpitas. He likes the adventure and freedom of getting to work bybicycle. He is never in a car -- he pedals to get groceries and bikes to theferry when he needs to go to San Francisco. He sets a great example for ourkids and we bike as a family all around Alameda."
Contra Costa County: Patricia Campbell. Patricia is a middle-schoolteacher at Antioch Middle School and a dedicated bicycle commuter. Rain,shine, wind or dark, biking has become her default mode of transit. Every dayshe parks her bike in her classroom, exposing her 140-plus students to thepossibilities of cycling. She continues to encourage and i