Thursday was Bike to Work Day in many parts of California, including the San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas. That meant: lots of bikes on the road—maybe more than usual, maybe not—but also lots of smiles, bike-bell-ringing, and high fives all around for everyone who chooses to use this most environmentally friendly way to get to work and everywhere else. And not just one day a year.
However, on this day we get to make a big noise about how great it is to be able to bike to work and how much better it could be. Here are more photos of the event from around the Bay Area.
We’ll start with the East Bay, where no fewer than THREE ribbon cuttings on new bike facilities got the day started off right. That’s on top of the Telegraph Avenue protected bike lane ribbon cutting that took place two days ago—is this a record? Probably.
Streetsblog California has been looking around the state to see how local communities are celebrating Bike Month. Damien Newton did a podcast about Fresno’s activities, and so far we previewed Sacramento’s May Is Bike Month celebration as well as Alameda and Contra Costa counties, on the east side of the San Francisco Bay. Today we look […]
Bicycle coalitions around the Bay Area will be rolling out the red carpet for bike commuters for the 17th annual Bike to Work Day (BTWD) this Thursday with energizer stations, commuter convoys, after parties, and other fun events. As cycling continues to grow throughout the Bay Area, bicycle advocates and city officials are expecting it to be the biggest […]
It’s generally acknowledged that Bike to Work Day was started by the League of American Bicyclists—then called the League of American Wheelmen—in 1956. Rumor has it (can anyone confirm this?) that in California the first Bike to Work Day event took place in San Diego circa 1993. What’s indisputable is that Bike East Bay, then […]
Bike to Work Day (BTWD) organizers counted over 20,000 people biking to work today in East Bay cities, an increase of thirty percent over the last five years. Streetsblog SF has some coverage of events in San Francisco, and we also took in some of the fun in Berkeley and Oakland, as seen in the […]
Enough said. Photo: Richard Masoner. The weather for Bike to Work Day couldn’t have been more agreeable and huge numbers of cyclists took to the streets throughout the Bay Area, early indicators show. In San Francisco, cyclists set a new record for Bike to Work Day, accounting for 75 percent of the morning roadway traffic […]
A new study adds to a growing repository of research that supports the idea that events such as Bike to Work Day and the expansion of biking generally aren't just good for our health and the environment--they're good for business, especially "local-serving" business.