Gear Up: Bike Commute Week is May 16-20 Celebrate Bike to Work Day on Thursday, May 19th



    OAKLAND, Calif., May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ... Today marks the
 beginning of California's Bike Commute Week, which culminates on Thursday, May
 19 with the San Francisco Bay Area's 11th annual Bike to Work Day.  On Bike to
 Work Day, organizers expect 50,000 to 100,000 participants around the
 nine-county region.
     More than 180 Energizer Stations will be located along local bike commute
 routes in all nine Bay Area counties on May 19 to provide free beverages,
 snacks and encouragement to bicyclists.  Dozens of additional local events are
 taking place to get people excited about bicycling and the benefits it
 provides for public health, traffic reduction and our environment. (See a list
 of events organized by county at www.511.org.)
     "Bike to Work Day is a time to celebrate bicycling as a viable form of
 transportation," says Jon Rubin, chair of the Metropolitan Transportation
 Commission (MTC).  "We're encouraging people to try bicycling. It's a healthy
 and clean way to get around and to help ease traffic congestion."  MTC
 recently provided awards for a "Bike Commuter of the Year" in each of the nine
 Bay Area counties, plus two regional awards for "Most Improved Bicycle
 Community" and "Best Workplace that Fosters Bicycle Transportation" (winners
 are posted at www.511.org).
     Thousands have already registered for Bike to Work Day at www.511.org, and
 there is still time for you to register to participate.  When you pledge to
 bike at least once during the California Bike Commute Week (May 16-20) you
 will be eligible to win prizes including a new bicycle and plane tickets for
 two anywhere in the United States. If you recruit a co-worker to bike, you
 double your chances to win.  Additional information about Bike to Work Day,
 including finding bike routes, taking bikes on transit, and locating a bike
 buddy can be found at www.511.org.
     May is "National Bike Month." The Bay Area's Bike to Work Day 2005
 promotions are being organized by MTC, the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, county
 congestion management agencies, and hundreds of local volunteers.  For more
 information, visit www.511.org or call 511 and say "bicycling" at the first
 prompt.  Take the healthy commute and shift gears!
 
     MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for
 the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
 
 

SOURCE Metropolitan Transportation Commission

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