Santa Clara

Santa Clara County
Andrew Casteel —

For much of a sunny blue Saturday, a swath of downtown San Jose was all about the bike — and about the skateboard, the foot and other nonmotorized forms of transportation. There were families on recumbent bikes tugging kids and dogs in trailers behind them; a group of Mormon missionaries in pressed white shirts riding bikes with bright green, blue and orange rims; and daily bike commuters proudly astride their dusty workhorses.

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energizer stations / tote bag

Hi fellow riders! I heard about this awesome event on KQED earlier this week and had to participate, but I was not aware of the organization behind the event until tonight. Anyway I was running late this morning and had a 10-mile commute ahead of me so when I saw this group of bikers gathering in front of Milpitas city hall, I thought nothing of it. But now I see that was an energizer station and I missed out on a free Bike To Work Day tote bag! :( So bummed... Do you guys have any more of these lying around? I'd like to hang one in my cube at work since I was the only person there who participated and my pansy coworker who said he would ended up not. I live right by the city hall and would be willing to bike the distance to pick one up. Either way, great concept and props to the volunteers and organizers for doing it!

- Rich

San Jose Becomes Cycling Epicenter in May

Andrew Casteel —

Join Mayor Reed and Silicon Valley leaders at a press
conference to announce new information about the upcoming
Bike-To-Work Day (May 13), the returning Amgen Tour of
California Stage 4 Start (May 19) and preview the San Jose
Cycling Classic, a multi-pronged cycling event, May 15-20,
benefiting Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Fit for Learning
and Team In Training -- produced to celebrate the returning
Tour. Information will also be shared about the Mattson
Technology San Jose ViaVelo -- the first ever car-free "open
streets" event to take place in the South Bay.

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Why so late?

I ride from Los Altos to Milpitas and was very disheartened to see that almost all the of the energizer stations anywhere near my route open so late. Why is that? I think the best and safest time to ride is early in the morning before the heavy commute traffic kicks in. I expected the energizer stations to open at 5:30 or 6am, but itself it seems most open at 7am of later. Don't the organizers realize that people work and need to get to their jobs, and that even if they have the option to ride later in the day it is far less safe to ride then? Sorry to be downer on such a great day, but please consider opening the stations earlier next year. Thanks. Charles.

Bike to Work Day

Andrew Casteel —

Thursday, May 13th is the 16th annual Bike to Work Day, a day of promoting the health, environmental and economic benefits of bicycle commuting. On the morning of May 13, San Jose State University and the City of San Jose will have an Energizer Station at the corner of 4th Street and San Fernando Street, in front of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. This station, along with more than 200 other Energizer stations located throughout the Bay Area, will provide snacks, encouragement and a free reusable tote bag to bicyclists. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, which coordinates the Bike To Work Day activities in the South Bay, also has scheduled numerous events on that day:

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