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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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Bike to Work Day 2010 Rolls Through Oakland

Andrew Casteel —

May 13 dawned cool and overcast. But the sun shone from the smiles of the enthusiastic greeters at energizer stations set up for the Bay Area’s 16th annual Bike to Work Day. Cyclists received cheers, goodie bags and snacks to encourage them on their ride. Oakland rode: to school or to work, carrying children in child-seats or dogs in front baskets, bike bags loaded up for the day ahead. The streets were filled with the happy sounds of whirring chains and tinkling bells.

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Join the Revolution And Bike to Work

Andrew Casteel —

Now that we’re deep into spring and the weather has changed, hopping on your bicycle probably is looking more and more tempting — just in time for national Bike Month.

Bike Month is, as the name implies, recognized throughout May. But it kicks into gear today with the start of Bike to Work Week and hits its zenith Friday with Bike to Work Day. Megan Cahill, spokeswoman for the League of American Bicyclists, says “Every month is Bike Month,” but you’d expect her to say that.

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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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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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