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Palo Alto to celebrate 'Bike to Work Day' Thursday

Original post made on May 8, 2013

Members of Palo Alto's enthusiastic bicycle community are expected to put on their helmets, put away their car keys and come out en masse Thursday morning for the city's the annual "Bike to Work Day."

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Posted by yard sale, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on May 8, 2013 at 3:34 pm

If you plan on biking on Bayshore Blvd, please stick to the bike paths off to the side of traffic. With the construction crowding the roadside bike paths, there is no room for you.

Posted by Occasional Cyclist, a resident of Palo Verde
on May 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Worth mentioning that the tunnel under 101 is at last open!

Posted by Ernest, a resident of Midtown
on May 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Bay Area bike commuters, this is your day! I know many of you bike regularly anyway, but this is the day we celebrate you. Ride where it is convenient and safe for you, and ignore advice like that above to ride on the sidewalk. There is pleny of room in the road for bikes, although there may not be enough room for cars.

Posted by yard sale, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 8, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Ernest, it's not the sidewalk. There is a dedicated bike lane on the side of the road. The bike lane on the road itself is blocked by fences, so riding on the already crowded 2-lane Bayshore Blvd. is not only dangerous for yourself, but for other drivers.

Also, drivers: the speed limit is 35 mph. If you wanna drive faster than that, use the freeway.

Posted by Greg, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 8, 2013 at 4:59 pm

I wonder if the folks near the California Ave tunnel might encourage their fellow bikers that the big "Walk Bikes" signs in the tunnel apply people riding on bicycles.

I go through there with my bike a few times a week and the bikers who actually walk through the tunnel are a definite minority. I think that's inconsiderate to the pedestrians who try to dodge us as they walk through.

Either that or I am just jealous because I can't ride through the barriers, especially uphill. But seriously, the signs aren't just there to keep bad bikers from hurting themselves, but to keep all bikers from endangering the pedestrians who share the tunnel.

Posted by Donald, a resident of South of Midtown
on May 8, 2013 at 5:30 pm

My bike shoes have plastic cleats on them and they are too slippery to walk safely up and down the steep ramps. I always go slowly and I am courteous and yield to pedestrians, so I don't see a problem.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 8, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Sheesh, tomorrow's gonna be a nightmare.

Posted by I disagree, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 8, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Tomorrows going to be a lot of fun.

Posted by wizard, a resident of South of Midtown
on May 9, 2013 at 9:17 am

Yeah, this morning was a nightmare. I'm all for biking, but if you go in a group, please ride SINGLE FILE, not an entire car length across.

Posted by Business-As-Usual, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 9, 2013 at 9:53 am

Yawn .. get a life!

What's next? Skate to work?

Any adults in this crowd?

Posted by Former Biker, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

Thanx to MS, I can no longer ride, or walk far. Funny, after all the years of biking, I cannot do it on Bike to Work Day, I have to be driven.

Posted by good job, a resident of Downtown North
on May 10, 2013 at 5:52 pm

Good work every one. More bikes means less pollution and less traffic congestion for everyone. Hope you can keep it up year round.