Last week we celebrated San Francisco Bay Area’s official Bike to Work Day by setting up a booth on the Monterey bike path and serving up free breakfast for anyone making their way to work on two wheels.
Lots of fun and great to see so many people out!
Happy Friday! It’s time to bring you some of our favorite links from the week.
- What cities should you put on your travel list if you love cycling? Momentum has a great roundup of the 10 most bikeable cities in North America.
- Did you know that having one less car can increase a household’s mortgage capacity by $100,000?
- New York City wants you to not be a jerk.
- Good things come from teaching bike safety.
- Cycling in Malaysia sure looks nice.
- How can employers encourage happy, healthy bike commuters? Easy.
May is National Bike Month and we want to make sure we’re promoting cycling in all its forms!
Why do you love to ride?
Maybe it’s to get out in the fresh air, maybe it’s because it keeps you healthy, maybe it’s because you hate sitting in traffic. Whatever it is, we want to know. Enter to win a brand spanking new VIS 180 by completing the sentence “I choose two wheels because…”
You can answer here in the comments or on our Facebook page. At the end of the month we’ll choose a winner at random!
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During National Bike Month we’re supporting a handful of bike advocacy groups around the country. We’ll be highlighting their great work here on the blog.
Enjoy cycling in Marin County? You might want to thank the Marin County Bicycle Coalition. Working to improve roads and paths for cyclists and pedestrians since 1998, the MCBC is an active part of our community. Some of their impacts?
- Permanent bike racks
- Bike lane striping
- Green-and-white bike route signs
- $107 million in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvements constructed or planned
That’s only a small part of everything the MCBC does. They’ve also committed to get 20% of all trips in Marin to be made by walking or bicycling by 2020. That would have a huge local effect; if each driver in Marin replaced a nine-mile car trip with a bicycle trip just once a month, it would cut carbon dioxide emissions by over 4,730 tons per year.
Learn more about the MCBC and how you can take part by visiting their website.
An excellent PSA from the Cascade Bicycle Club. Imagine what would happen if we all got three friends to ride three times a week.
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As part of Bike Month, this year’s official Bike to Work Day is Friday May 20th. But can one day really make a difference? Signs point to “yes.”
According to the presented survey of D.C.-area Bike to Work Day commuters in 2010, 17 percent of participants said they had never commuted to work before, 22 percent started biking to work more often after participating, and 10 percent made it a regular commute mode.
Which means, put Bike to Work Day on your calendars and encourage your friends and family to get out and ride!
Congrats to our winner for last month’s 30 Nights of Biking contest, Dennis Latta. He reminded us that sometimes the darkest rides aren’t even night rides:
My favorite night ride is my commute to work, and while I don’t daydream about it I do enjoy the views. I took this photo of the sunrise from the Golden Gate Bridge this morning.
By Rebecca Rusch
May is Bike to Work Month, but I bike FOR work, so it’s a little different for me. I don’t commute to an office, the bike IS my office.
May is the month in Ketchum Idaho where the snow FINALLY begins to melt and Sun Valley starts to earn its name. It’s an easy time of year to want to ride any sort of bike and let the chill from the long winter melt away.
I own a ton of bikes: really expensive carbon bikes. My oldest, heaviest and favorite one is my Globe, complete with coffee holder and plenty of basket space for groceries. This bike comes out daily for trips to town for dinner, shopping, post office, whatever. I live just a few blocks from town, so it doesn’t make much sense to start up the car, especially when the weather is nice and the Globe is calling my name.
Locally, we have a great bike path that runs over 30 miles through the Wood River Valley. It’s a regular commuter thoroughfare and sees all sorts of two wheeled traffic. I even use it for my “commute” on the road bike when I’m heading out for my job.
Have a great month and enjoy your wheels.
Rebecca Rusch is a professional cyclist and holds the title of 3-time 24hr. Women’s Solo World Champion. www.rebeccarusch.com
We sure do have fun with our lights. Here’s one of the shots we took at our photo shoot last year in Sun Valley.
Check out our upcoming Urban series of commuter bike lights for 2011.
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