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Bike commuter of the year makes light of heavy load

Andrew Casteel —

From the hills of Concord to the flats of Oakland, Alameda County's 2010 Bike Commuter of the Year totes electric grinders, saws, braces, scissors and the occasional prosthetic limb to work via her purple Rockhopper mountain bike, rain or shine. After 10 years of driving from her Oakland home to work sites as far-flung as Lafayette, Antioch and Oakley, sometimes all in one day, T.D. Fisher was fed up. "I felt like I lived in my car. I would make panicky calls to friends saying, 'I am desperate for a hike, can I see you after work?' " said the orthotist, who designs prosthetic devices for children.

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Bike to Work Day is Thursday

Andrew Casteel —

Alameda’s celebrating Bike to Work Day this coming Thursday, May 13 – eight days earlier than the national Bike to Work Day on May 21, but the early bird catches the half-price mojito, eh? (I’ll explain.)

“Bike to Work Day is a grand celebration that promotes bicycling as a healthy, fun, economical and viable form of transportation,” say the folks at BikeAlameda. And they’re putting their money where their mouth is by setting up “energizer stations” from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, corner of Park and Central; on the wooden walkway on the Harbor Bay Isle side of the Bay Farm Bridge; and at Hawthorn Suites hotel, which is on Webster Street at Pacific.

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Bike to work

Andrew Casteel —

Thursday, May 13, is Bike to Work Day, and we encourage workers and employers to forge a bond to make it a success.

All throughout this month, employers can show support for their biking staffers and gain some positive PR by taking part in a team bike challenge. Companies and agencies that help put together a team of workers to get some great exercise, keep cars off the pavement and enjoy the beauty of Napa County in springtime can gain recognition and prizes. The challenge lasts throughout the end of May. Organizers are encouraged to visit the website of the Napa County Bike Coalition, www.napabike.org, or 511.org for more info.

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I [bike] Oakland 2010 Bikeways Map

Andrew Casteel —

May is Bike Month, and the Oakland Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Program is pleased to roll out the first-ever free map of Oakland bikeways. With an initial print run numbering over 10,000, we’ll be distributing the map at bike shops throughout Oakland and in grab bags on Bike to Work Day, this Thursday, May 13th. Come see us Thursday morning at Oakland City Hall Plaza, grab a stack of pancakes, and pick up your own copy of the map. Learn more about this year’s Bike to Work Day festivities here and download a pdf version of the map from this page.

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Green Feature - Bike to Work

Andrew Casteel —

San Francisco has been greening up its act quite a bit lately. There are many opportunities to promote a sustainable and greener you. The Green initiative nods at supporting local and organic farmers, eco-friendly choices and healthy, supportive environments. You’d probably get a double nod if you mentioned biking. For some, the idea of hopping on a bike and riding down the streets of San Francisco is fantastic.

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