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Renee Rivera has bicyclists' wheels turning

Andrew Casteel —

The executive director of the San Francisco Bike Coalition helped coordinate several local events in honor of San Francisco Bike to Work Day today.

How many riders are you expecting to participate this year? We expect to see hundreds of thousands of people biking to work [today]. We regularly see about 120,000 people biking on a regular basis, maybe a couple days a week to work or biking to do errands.

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Some bicycle advocates have called 2010 the year of the bike. Across the country, cities are seeing growing numbers of people biking, and in the Bay Area tomorrow, that pedal power will be on vivid display for Bike to Work Day.

Last year in San Francisco, the SFMTA counted a record 200,000 cyclists for Bike to Work Day and considering the exciting changes that have been happening on the city's main thoroughfare, Market Street, in the last few weeks, those numbers are likely to dramatically shoot up Wednesday. The SFBC is planning 27 energizer stations across the city. Mayor Gavin Newsom and nearly every member of the Board of Supervisors plans to take part in VIP rides.

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It’s Bike To Work Day 2010 in San Francisco, a city where people take their biking seriously. As famous as San Francisco is for its bicycle-friendly attitude, transportation planning for the city remains a highly contested issue. Bicyclists always want more bike lanes, while the opposition will go to court to prevent painting new “sharrows” on the streets. For city policymakers, proving things like the demand for new bike routes is not as simple as it sounds, which is where mobile location-based technology comes in handy.

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Rock out on your bike – literally. Come to the Cal Academy of Sciences Thursday, May 13, 2010, and learn about the science of cycling. Take a turn pedaling the power into Nightlife’s bike-powered blenders: Fender Blender Bike Blenders. Rev-up the DJ station at the Academy’s bike-powered DJ stage: the Biker Bar. Watch musical guest, Fossil Fool, rock a mic while he rides his bike! He is the inventor and producer of the Soul Cycle, an on-board audio system for bikes. Finish off the night with a spectacle of bike-powered art. Finally, you can take a breather -- this part of the evening doesn’t require any spinning of pedals to function! 6 – 10 PM Thursday May 13, 2010, The California Academy of Sciences, East Pavilion, 55 Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park

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