May is Bike to Work Month!
By Cherie Barnett
Sonoma County, CA -- May is National Bike to Work Month, created by the League of American Cyclists in 1956 as a way to promote the benefits of bicycling and encourage more folks to give it a try. Cycling to work reduces carbon emissions and traffic congestion, improves physical and mental health, and saves money...plus, it’s fun!
Throughout the month of May, the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition (SCBC) is offering activities to support those willing to give commuting on two wheels a try.
Do you need a little encouragement to get started? Drop by their office at 750 Mendocino Avenue between 10 am and 1 pm on Saturday, April 20 for a FREE bike clinic. Their certified instructors will provide free bike safety inspections and minor adjustments and help fit your helmet correctly. You can test bikes from the Coalition’s Bike Lending Library, practice safety drills and get advice on route planning and gear. Coffee, snacks, and free bicycle maps will be available.
Do you enjoy a little friendly competition? Does having teammates spur you to action? Join the Bay Area Bike Challenge! Create or join a team to compete for the most miles ridden throughout the month. A handy smartphone app will automatically track your rides. Sign up at www.lovetoride.net/bayarea.
Or simply sign the online Pledge to Ride on Bike to Work Day – you’ll receive helpful tips by email weekly AND be entered in a drawing to win cool prizes!
On Bike to Work Day, May 9, Energizer Stations are set up during the morning commute (6-9 am) along cycling routes throughout the county, offering riders snacks, swag, and encouragement. It’s a party on two wheels! Check out the interactive map on bikesonoma.org for the station nearest your home or workplace. Then, celebrate your achievement after work at one of our after-parties! There will be festivities at Trail House in Santa Rosa and at Crooked Goat in Sebastopol.
Major funding and support for Bike to Work Month activities comes from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Measure M, City of Sebastopol, Marin Bikes, Santa Rosa Cycling Club, Sonoma Clean Power, Yuba Bicycles, Bike Partners.net and a staggering number of local cities, companies, and nonprofit organizations!
For more information, including the Pledge form and an interactive map of Energizer Stations, visitbikesonoma.org/btwd or
CONTACT: Cherie Barnett Outreach & Events Coordinator Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition