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Commuting on Two Wheels

Andrew Casteel —

What a nice day for a bike ride. Why not make it official? Hundreds of thousands of people in the Bay Area are expected to do just that today -- ditch the car keys and take to two wheels today as part of Bike to Work Day. Events are scheduled throughout the region to celebrate the benefits of commuting by bicycle.

About 3 percent of Bay Area commuters already bike to work, and that number usually spikes on Bike to Work Days. Rather than dropping back down to normal levels the next day, the number of bike commuters tends to stay high for days and weeks afterward, Andrew Casteel, executive director of the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition said.

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Andrew Casteel —

You can plaster San Francisco with all kinds of (fitting) labels: It's a Culinary Town. It's a Gay Town. It's a Literary Town. And it's definitely a Bike Town. So Bike to Work Day is always a big deal, but this year is special. Cyclists finally saw long-awaited improvements to their commutes: Much-needed new bike lanes have been laid down. A whole swath of Market Street is devoted to cycle traffic on weekday mornings. And the city approved plans to improve the traffic flow around the cheap gas station on Fell Street that has motorists clogging up the heavily used bike lane.

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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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Andrew Casteel —

The earliest participants in the Bay Area's Bike to Work Day have already begun to pedal to their classrooms and workplaces here in Pleasanton and the Tri-Valley and throughout the Bay Area.

Energizing stations have been set up with refreshments, gift bags and a little encouragement for their efforts.

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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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