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(April 16, 2013) In less than a month, tens of thousands of Bay Area commuters will take to the road and trails as part of San Francisco Bay Area’s 19th Annual Bike to Work Day. On Thursday, May 9th, the largest event in California that encourages bike commuting as a fun, affordable form of transportation that supports better health every day takes place throughout the nine counties. Over the last 19 years, Bike to Work Day has put more people on the road to bike commuting than any other event in the Bay Area.

Presented by 511.org, MTC and Kaiser Permanente, Bike to Work Day is the largest of many events during National Bike Month in May. Events include Team Bike Challenge where teams clock miles biked during May for a chance to win prizes and bragging rights. A Bike Commuter of the Year award is presented in each county for dedicated commuters, these individuals are inspiring bicycling in their community by example. (Nominations close April 22nd.)

Biking to work is a great way to get physical activity in before a workday. In addition to the heart health benefits, a Japanese study in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health showed that men engaged in leisure-time exercise and cycling during commuting to work may be associated with better mental health.

Employers also benefit by encouraging employees to bike to work. Biking to work builds morale, reduces the number of sick days and the demand for car parking. Bike to Work Day will see hundreds of volunteers staff energizer stations throughout the SF Bay Area, offering complimentary refreshments, official reusable canvas bags, bicycle information and encouragement to push on.

Throughout May and on May 9th community events will be held by local bicycle coalitions and traffic congestion agencies throughout San Francisco, Sonoma, Solano, Napa, East Bay, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Silicon Valley and Alameda counties. For a complete list of stations and to register for a chance to win a Public Bikes bike, a Joshu Vela bag with MonkeyLectric lights or a ModCloth gift certificate visit the Bike to Work Day website.

2013 Posters and Flyers

Regional Posters

 

Regional Documents

Alameda County

Alameda Bike to Work Day Posters

Bay Area Bicycle Coalition

BABC Bike to Work Day Posters

Contra Costa County

Contra Costa Bike to Work Day Posters

Marin County

Marin Bike to Work Day Posters

Napa County

Napa Bike to Work Day Posters

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San Francisco County

San Francisco Bike to Work Day Posters

San Mateo County

San Mateo Bike to Work Day Posters

Santa Clara County

Santa Clara Bike to Work Day Posters

Solano County

Solano Bike to Work Day Posters

Sonoma County

Sonoma Bike to Work Day Posters

 

2012 Materials

 

Regional Posters

 

Regional Documents

Alameda County

Alameda Bike to Work Day Posters

Bay Area Bicycle Coalition

BABC Bike to Work Day Posters

Contra Costa County

Contra Costa Bike to Work Day Posters

Marin County

Marin Bike to Work Day Posters

Napa County

Napa Bike to Work Day Posters

Tabloid 11 x 17

San Francisco County

San Francisco Bike to Work Day Posters

San Mateo County

San Mateo Bike to Work Day Posters

Santa Clara County

Santa Clara Bike to Work Day Posters

Solano County

Solano Bike to Work Day Posters

Sonoma County

Sonoma Bike to Work Day Posters

 

Start a Bicycle Commuting Program

Have bike, will commute.
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So your company has decided to implement and promote bicycle commuting as part of its transportation policy. How do you get started?

First go to youcanbikethere.com or sfbike.org to download or request an employer toolkit.

Consider asking an employee that is already bicycle commuting to be your company’s Bicycle Coordinator. This point person can be tasked with answering questions about your company’s bicycle commuting policy and benefits, as well as updating an intra-company bicycle commuting-related list.

Next assess your company's capacity to provide secure bike parking. This can be as easy as adding bike racks to your parking garage, bike lockers, a dedicated bike room, or access to a nearby location where
bikes can be kept securely. An outdoor bike rack will also let visitors and passersby know that your company supports bicycle commuting.

Provide a shower room or establish a relationship with a nearby health club for bicycle commuters. If shower facilities are absent, a well-stocked restroom will be sufficient. Most bicycle commutes are
less than five miles in each direction and take place in the morning hours, when the air is cooler, so a face wash and change of clothes are often all that is needed.

Make closets, lockers, and/or hooks available for employees. These things make it easier to store and change clothes once employees arrive at work. Professional attire may also require shoes unsuitable
for a bike commute, so the ability to leave and hang up work appropriate attire will broadcast support of bicycle commuting.

Provide a bicycle commuting welcome kit for every new employee that makes a commitment to bicycle commuting at least twice a week. Include in the welcome kit:
• Local bike map
• Patch kit to repair tires or bike lights
• Information about the $20 monthly bicycle commuter benefit and how they can enroll
• Automatic sign-up to intra-company bicycle listerv managed by Bicycle Coordinator
• Information about resources for classes on urban skills, bike safety, or
bike maintenance

Other benefits to consider in your support of bicycle commuting:
• Provide a monthly onsite class for urban skills, bike safety, or bike maintenance
• Emergency taxi/ transportation reimbursement for bike and public transit commuters that live 5+ miles away
• Monthly bicycle commuters breakfast
• Bicycling mentorship programs (pairing new commuters with fellow bike commuting employees) to get more employees on bikes
• Bicycle loaner program• Bicycle purchase subsidy or incentive program
• Consider supporting Bike to Work Day to show the community-at-large your company's support of bicycle commuting

Referenced resources:
511.org
bicycle organizations
sfbike.org
ebbc.org
bikesiliconvalley.org

See you in the bike lane.

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