(snipped from the Bike To Work Day’s website)

The San Francisco Bay Area’s 17th annual Bike To Work Day will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2011 with all nine Bay Area counties participating in the celebration. The event is part of National Bike Month. “Energizer Stations” are located along Bay Area county commute routes where bicyclists can stop for refreshments, giveaways, and bicycling information or simply to be ‘cheered on’ by fellow participants. Energizer Stations will be open during morning commute hours and some will even re-open during the evening commute.

More than one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplace, an ideal distance for bicycling. The work commute only represents 23% of all trips, so consider how you also may be able to bike to shop, to school, for errands, and for social events. In a world concerned with climate change, pollution, congestion and wasted time, the question should really be: Why not bike to work? 

According to the 2007 American Community Survey 43,000 Bay Area residents use a bicycle as their primary means of getting to work every day. On Bike to Work Day, we expect hundreds of thousands of people to bike to work in the Bay Area, with many being first time bike commuters. 

BIKE TO WORK DAY IS MAY 12TH – CELEBRATE ALL DAY LONG!

(snipped from the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition website:)

Each year on Bike to Work Day, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition works with hundreds of wonderful people from dozens of local organizations, agencies and companies to bring you Countywide Energizer Stations from 6-9 a.m. These pit stops feature coffee and other morning beverages, snacks, our popular canvas Bike to Work Day bags, other great offers, and friendly people to meet and talk with! Lots of good cheer at these 30 spots! Find your nearest Energizer Station on our Google Map.

ADDITIONS AND CHANGES TO ENERGIZER STATION LOCATIONS:

  • Cloverdale: We are very pleased to announce that Cloverdale will have its first-ever Energizer Station, hosted by the Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce! Woohoo!
  • Windsor: Raley’s Market is hosting a new station this year at its store location. The annual station hosted by the Town of Windsor will be on the Town Green as usual.
  • Healdsburg: There will be ONE station in Healdsburg this year, at the south end of Downtown near Spoke Folk Cyclery.
  • Santa Rosa: The SRJC Neighborhood Station is moving from Humboldt Park to the area under the oaks alongside Mendocino Avenue on the SRJC campus. We are excited about this new partnership with the JC’s Sustainability Club. Santa Rosa Community Market and NorCal Bike Sport/The Bike Peddler will continue their roles as co-hosts of this station!
  • Santa Rosa: There is a new station at Coddingtown, hosted by Whole Foods Market.

In the Evening: This year, partners in 4 Sonoma County cities will host awesome Bike Home Celebrations! These parties are organized entirely by the businesses and organizations hosting them, and we are so impressed by their efforts (and can’t wait to see you there!). Each one will be delightfully different, reflecting the personalities of the hosts and the local community! Parties are from 5-8 p.m. and they’re FREE to attend. Get your friends together and ride to a celebration! Here we go (in alphabetical order):

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