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Commuting to workout

Andrew Casteel —

Commuters by the hundreds took two wheels to work and school on Thursday as part of the 16th annual Bike to Work Day in Sonoma County.

"We have 335, a little bit up from last year," said Santa Rosa transportation planner Mike Ivory, who was counting bicyclists at Santa Rosa City Hall, where booths were set up for food, drink and information. "The people who did come in were totally stoked. At 7:30 we had a crowd of 200 people here, a real party atmosphere."

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Marin buzzes with bikes rolling to work

Andrew Casteel —

Thousands of people pedaled up and down and around Marin Thursday as part of the 16th annual Bike to Work Day.

To help bicyclists, "energizer" stations were set up from in the morning from Novato to Sausalito to provide free snacks for riders who were using human energy to get to work.

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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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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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Tomorrow, May 13 – National Bike to Work Day

Andrew Casteel —

Being a Northern California Native who now lives in Los Angeles, I have to say I almost feel like a dual citizen. Both parts of the state are starkly different and offer so much. Food and weather? SoCal 2, NorCal 0. Transportation? I miss real transit, CalTrain, and the bicycle culture in the Bay Area. I guess that makes it NorCal 20, SoCal 2 . . . and if you live in Northern California, you have a great opportunity to capitalize on the annual Bike To Work Day, May 13th.

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