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Bike to Work Day Photo Shoot Cast & Crew (Photo by Som Sharma)
Diana Rohini LaVigne —

Anyone Can Participate in Bike to Work Day on May 12, 2011

San Francisco Bay Area’s 17th Annual Bike to Work Day, which will be held on May 12, 2011, aims to motivate non-bike riders and those already cycling to get involved. With bike riding’s many advantages like healthier living, reducing one’s footprint, and an affordable transportation alternative, Bike to Work Day is headed for a significant increase in participation in 2011. Biking to work is a great way to fulfill the requirement of 30+ minutes of physical activity per day needed to stay healthy.

Bike to Work events, presented by 511.org and Kaiser Permanente, will take place throughout the month including a Team Bike Challenge and Bike Commuter of the Year Awards. Additionally, local employers are urged to help encourage bike riding as more physically active employees are more alert, healthy and more productive.

“Bike riding benefits not only Bay Area residents’ health but the environment as well,” says Diana Rohini LaVigne, regional producer for Bike to Work Day. “Unfortunately, bike riding comes with misperceptions from what you must wear to being fit before even starting. But biking is for everyone. You don’t need special clothing, you don’t need special equipment, and you don’t need to already be in shape to take up biking. All you need to do is find your motivation and jump on.”

This year’s message is to find your inner motivation and reason to ride a bike and to go for it. It could be anything from reducing stress, losing weight, helping diminish global warming, or having bragging rights at the water cooler on the most distance traveled on a bike. Bike riders come in all different shapes and sizes, and no one should feel limited by their size, attire, equipment or speed. Bike riding is an equalizer and all are accepted. There are activities in all nine counties; Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma.

No Resources in "Resources"?

Hey WebMaster and others:

just wondering what was suppose to be under the link called "resources"?

With the fatal bike accident last week here in Oakland on my mind, I suggest some links to websites that educate on safe riding (and I am NOT suggesting that the victim of this terrible accident did anything wrong).

The one I think is pretty good is (bluntly) called: "How To Not Get Hit By Cars".
The link is: http://bicyclesafe.com/

winners

i was just looking at the main page and the stuff about winners.

it's the last week, so folks are setting their eyes on the prize, nothing like some healthy competition. my question: are the winners judged by size of company within a county or will there be JUST one winner for all sized companies within the county?

it doesn't make sense to me that a company with say, 30 teams, would be judged the same as a small company with just 4 or 5 teams... there is no way a small or medium company could realistically beat a company with 30 teams. accordingly, the winners per county will be large companies only? maybe i misread the website, or misunderstood it...

please clarify if you know the answer. thanks. two wheels...

Problem getting 5 days a week medal

Hi-
I biked to work every day last week, and posted all those rides. But for some reason, my 5 days medal isn't showing up. Can someone help?
Joel Gerwein

Andrew Casteel —

If you're driving on Stanley Boulevard today, keep an eye out for cyclist Jim Ott. The Pleasanton resident and school board trustee is pedaling the seven miles to and from his workplace in Livermore to support the efforts of his Be the Change Cyclists team.

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