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Palo Alto 'Bike to Work Day' rolls out Thursday

Energizer stations and free treats to await cyclists at annual celebration

Members of Palo Alto's cycling community are expected to put on their bike helmets and put away their car keys on Thursday morning for the city's annual "Bike to Work Day."

City leaders, residents, workers and bike advocates will be pedaling all over the city from 6:30-9 a.m., making occasional stops at energizer stations for free treats and rewards. These stations will be set up at Alma Bike Bridge (Alma Street at Palo Alto Avenue); City Hall, on Ellen Fletcher Bike Boulevard (Bryant Street at Hamilton Avenue); California Avenue Caltrain (California Avenue at Park Boulevard); and Wilkie Way Bike Bridge (between Wilkie Way and Miller Avenue).

Now entering its 21st year, Bike to Work Day is designed to encourage commuters to give biking a try as a viable transit alternative in the South Bay. The event, organized by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, includes dozens of "energizer" stations, where cyclists can grab snacks, water and other items.

As part of the event, many companies across Santa Clara County are competing through the month of May to see how many bike miles their employees can log. For the last three years, Apple Inc. took the top prize among the large companies, and this year looks no different. In the first two weeks of the month, Apple employees logged over 12,000 miles.

For maps showing all energizer station locations and information, visit youcanbike.org or bikesiliconvalley.org.

The city has set up a hashtag (#bikepaloalto) on Twitter where people can share photos and videos.

— Palo Alto Weekly and Mountain View Voice staff

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2 people like this
Posted by parent
a resident of Downtown North
on May 13, 2015 at 10:14 am

The Mercury-News has some important safety tips for driving around bicyclists: Web Link


4 people like this
Posted by Bwahahahaha
a resident of Evergreen Park
on May 13, 2015 at 5:53 pm

Fat chance-- I ride the train to SF, and SF's streets are far too dangerous for anyone with a family to raise!


2 people like this
Posted by Mark
a resident of another community
on May 14, 2015 at 7:52 am

Save the bike riding for the weekends. We should be pushing more riding of mass transit. I take the train from the South Bay to Redwood City for work. I'm able to either sleep, start work with my laptop, enjoy breakfast or all of the above! On the way home, it's nice to relax. Also, it's just too dangerous to ride to work on the weekdays.


2 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 14, 2015 at 8:32 am

In Palo Alto, we already have high numbers of bikes on our roads in commute time.

I would just like to see more effort on their part of staying on the bike boulevards and safer roads. Some of our busy roads are not suitable for hordes of bikes.

Saying that, we have some wonderful bike routes and it is good to see so many children using their bikes to get to school.


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