City celebrates cycling next week

Mayor will lead Bike Tour Monday, mark Bike to Work Day Thursday

The City of Palo Alto is trying to entice commuters and residents to give up four wheels in exchange for two next week, with a tour of the city's planned Park Boulevard Bicycle Boulevard on Monday (May 9) and Bike to Work Day Thursday (May 12) morning.

Mayor Sid Espinosa, City Manager Jim Keene and City Council members will lead the Monday tour of the future Park Boulevard Bicycle Boulevard. The ride will begin at City Hall at 4 p.m. and will travel along the planned route -- Castilleja Street, Park Boulevard and Wilkie Way -- with a return trip along the Bryant Street. The 1.5-hour ride will include stops to discuss potential improvements on and along the route.

More information about Monday's bike tour can be found here.

As part of the Bay Area-wide annual Bike to Work Day, the city is sponsoring "energizer stations" offering free goodies and cycling information from 6:30 – 9 a.m. Thursday at four locations:

• Alma Bike Bridge (near Alma Street and Palo Alto Avenue)

• City Hall @ Bryant Street Bike Boulevard (on Bryant Street Bike Boulevard near Hamilton Avenue)

• California Avenue Underpass (adjacent to California Avenue Caltrain station)

• Wilkie Way Bike Bridge (south of Wilkie Way and Whitclem)

Last year, more than 550 cyclists passed the California Avenue stop on Bike to Work Day, up from the 2006 total of 445, according to the city.

More information, including a full list of Energizer Stations in Palo Alto and nearby communities, is available at: and

Those interested in volunteering at an energizer station can contact

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Posted by commuter
a resident of Midtown
on May 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Better bicycle routes = more people commuting by bicycle = less traffic around town.
This is a real cheap way to improve everyone's quality of life.

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Posted by Anne
a resident of College Terrace
on May 6, 2011 at 7:05 pm

It's great to see so much interest in cycling!

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Posted by Outside Observer
a resident of another community
on May 6, 2011 at 8:28 pm


"This is a real cheap way to improve everyone's quality of life."

An even cheaper way would be to make the driving test a "driving test" Germany or Japan could serve as example. Make a real driving test for drivers license in California, and 50-75% of the garbage on the road would not pass.

VTA and CalTrain might actually break even with that forced increase in ridership, and would no longer require taxpayer subsidies.

And also, make a real drivers test for cyclists too. That would cut 50-75% from their ranks.

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Posted by Donald
a resident of South of Midtown
on May 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

Once a year or so somebody requests a "drivers license" for bicyclists, often under the guise of making them pay more. While that sounds good on the surface, it is a nightmare once you look into the details of how this could be done and what the consequences would be. Right now a third of high school students, half of middle school students and many elementary school students bike to school in Palo Alto. These numbers are outstanding and should be celebrated and encouraged, but requiring a test or license for bicyclists would kill this progress and bring on gridlock around our schools, not to mention costing a fortune to administer. Palo Alto has the most extensive in-school bike safety education system in the state and that seems to be working much better than any regulatory program could do. Let's celebrate our successes next week and look into how to continue them, not how to stifle them and create a large money-losing bureaucracy at the same time.

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Posted by Occasional Cyclist
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 7, 2011 at 8:52 am

This sounds super fun. I hope it will also be a time where good riding habits will be practiced, with stops at all stop signs, etc.

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Posted by commuter
a resident of Midtown
on May 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

Also no drunk driving and obey all speed limits!

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Posted by commuter
a resident of Midtown
on May 7, 2011 at 9:22 am

No cell phones, either!

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