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The Bay Area’s Bike to Work Day is Thursday, May 18th

Energizer Stations Will Be Set-Up in all Nine Counties

Oakland, Calif., May 15, 2006… Thursday, May 18 marks the San Francisco Bay Area’s 12th annual Bike to Work Day, a celebration that promotes bicycling as a healthy, fun, and viable form of transportation. On the morning of Bike to Work Day, Energizer Stations will be located along local bike commute routes in all nine Bay Area counties to provide free beverages, snacks, and encouragement to bicyclists. Participants who register online at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s 511.org Web site will be eligible for a range of prizes. Complete information about Bike to Work Day — including online registration, maps of bike routes around the region, tips for taking bikes on transit and the “Bike Buddy” matching system — can be found at 511.org.

As a new incentive in 2006, Bike to Work Day organizers have launched the “Team Bike Challenge.” Participants in the Team Bike Challenge have formed more than 75 teams. Each team consists of five individuals, including regular bike commuters, novice riders and “big wheels” (elected officials, CEOs, etc). Participants in the Team Bike Challenge are using the 511.org Web site to track the trips they make by bike as they compete against other teams. More information about the Team Bike Challenge, as well as Bike Commuter of the Year award winners for each of the nine Bay Area counties can be found on 511.org

May is National Bike Month, and throughout the Bay Area, dozens of local events are taking place to get people excited about bicycling and the benefits it provides for public health, traffic reduction, and our environment.

According to Census data, approximately 36,000 Bay Area residents use a bicycle as their primary means of getting to work each day. Organizers expect 50,000 to 100,000 participants on Bike to Work Day. Cole Portocarrero, the event coordinator for Bike to Work Day says, “Bicycling can be done by anyone, for many types of trips, and at any time. We hope that people will be inspired by Bike to Work Day to ride their bikes to work, to shop, to transit, for errands, or even just for fun. Bicycling is good for you, and for the environment.”

The San Francisco Bay Area’s Bike to Work Day 2006 is presented by Mike’s Bikes and 511.org. Promotions are being organized by the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, county congestion management agencies, and hundreds of local volunteers. For more information, visit 511.org or call 511 and say, “bicycling”. Hop on your bike and go!

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Note to Editors: Participants in the Team Bike Challenge are available for interviews. The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition can provide contact names and phone numbers.

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