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