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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.

Bikes, bay views, history rule on Angel Island

Bikes, bay views, history rule on Angel Island
Andrew Casteel —

Now is a good time to get on a bike. A few strokes of the pedals and turns of the wheels, and the memories come back. Suddenly, you're 10 years old again. The best place to experience this phenomenon in the Bay Area is Angel Island, where you get a mix of adventure, spectacular views, history and a 5.5-mile ride with plenty of stopping points.

Andrew Casteel —

Here's another difference between running for governor and running for the state's No. 2 spot: biking on Bike to Work Day.

And not just any Bike to Work Day, the most successful one in the event's 16-year history, with more than 1,000 bikes accounting for a record-breaking 75 percent of morning traffic Thursday on Market Street, organizers and city officials said.

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Andrew Casteel —

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s famous hair was tucked away under a baseball cap and City Attorney Dennis Herrera sported shorts as city officials joined bike advocates Thursday morning to celebrate Bike to Work Day. At a news conference outside City Hall, the mayor said commuting by bicycle breeds a sense of community that is lost on those in cars. “The one thing that biking does more than anything else is it connects you to other people,” Newsom said. “You don’t get connected when you’re in two SUVs.” Newsom was dressed casually, trading in his sleek business suit and even sleeker hairdo for a plain blue long-sleeve shirt and a Giants baseball cap.

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You can plaster San Francisco with all kinds of (fitting) labels: It's a Culinary Town. It's a Gay Town. It's a Literary Town. And it's definitely a Bike Town. So Bike to Work Day is always a big deal, but this year is special. Cyclists finally saw long-awaited improvements to their commutes: Much-needed new bike lanes have been laid down. A whole swath of Market Street is devoted to cycle traffic on weekday mornings. And the city approved plans to improve the traffic flow around the cheap gas station on Fell Street that has motorists clogging up the heavily used bike lane.

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