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To try or not to try a bike commute. Bike To Work Day set for May 12 in Bay Area

By dcuff
Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 12:52 pm in Bicycling.

The Bay Area’s annual day to ride your bicycle to work is 12 days from now on May 12, so there’s plenty of time to get ready for trying out a pedaling trip to your job even if you have never done it before. Yes, it requires a functioning bike, some advance planning and for many of us a place to shower and change before beginning the work day. Read on for some Web sites with information about the event, directions on registering to become eligible for drawings, and tips on bike commuting The Metropolitan Transportation Commission,  the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition and many other organizations sponsor the 17th annual event aimed at promoting bike commuting as a way to promote good health and reduce air pollution and congestion.

Click here for an MTC story on the event and a link to register for participating as an individual or forming a team with co-workers. Click here for a story by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition about the event. Organizers will set up more than 110 energizer stations in the East Bay to provide snacks and drinks for cyclists.

Share your thoughts below on ways to make bicycle commuting easier. (Hint. Employers providing a place to shower and securely stash your bike are important.) Or maybe you think bike commuting is too impractical. Share those  thoughts, too.

On a personal note, I bike commute sometimes from Danville to Walnut Creek. Not that often lately. But with the weather warming up and drying out, a commute by bike seems more inviting in the morning. Bike commuters are clearly are a minority – especially in the suburbs – but riding to work can give you a different perspective that there can be options to the auto for some trips.

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