Our favorite day of the year is just days away - Bike to Work Day! We love seeing a sea of smiling cyclists stop by our hundred plus Energizer Stations throughout the East Bay. We love seeing our Mayors and elected officials out on their bikes talking about how biking is great for our East Bay cities. We love seeing businesses small and large showering their employees with praise and bagels for biking in to work. We love seeing packs of school children in “bike busses” on their way to work. And we love getting together with all of you at the end of the day to celebrate at our Bike Happy Hour party in Old Oakland.
Many of our members remind us over and over that it was Bike to Work Day that got them started riding, or got them back on their bike after a hiatus. This Bike to Work Day thing works. People try biking on one fine spring day and before they know it they are a part of a movement based on the simple joy of riding your bike to work, school, errands and play.
Below we have a few ideas for you to make this a great Bike to Work Day. For a full list of Bike to Work Day tips go to www.ebbc.org/btwd. See you on the street this Thursday.
Plan Your Route, Stop by an Energizer Station, and Ride with Your Mayor
We’ll treat you like royalty when you stop by an energizer station on your ride this Thursday. Our Energizer Station Map has the latest updates on stations near you and the Bike to Work Day Guide in the East Bay Express this week includes all you need to know about events on Bike to Work Day. Rewards a many await you at the energizer stations, including reusable canvas musette bags stocked with goodies, including Chinook Book coupons with hundreds in savings at great local business you shop at all the time.
Up the fun by riding with your Mayor in a Pedal Pool of cycling elected officials, which EBBC has helped organize in many cities. Elected officials in Richmond, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, Hayward, Union City, Fremont, and Dublin are riding. Here is the full list of East Bay elected officials who will participating in Bike to Work Day. Pedal Pools are a once a year opportunity to ride saddle-to-saddle and share your ideas for a better city with the Mayor. Get out there and enjoy a great day!
We have a tradition of taking to the streets to celebrate the end of another great Bike to Work Day. This year’s Bike Happy Hour Party will be the biggest and most talked about Bike to Work Day after party in the Bay Area, and we want you to be a part of the festivities. The East Bay Bicycle Coalition will bring this fun and activity filled community gathering to the streets of Old Oakland for the second year in a row.
Come to EBBC’s Fabulous Bike to Work Day Happy Hour Party
The Bike Happy Hour Party will fill the streets of Old Oakland with attractions and activities that will appeal to our broad community including a music stage, performers, beer garden, parklets, pinball parlour, craft zone, fun bike games like slow roll and bike sumo, food trucks, tequila tasting and much more.
From the stage at 9th and Washington Streets DJ Olga T will be spinning the tunes from 5 to 7pm. At 7pm the East Bay Bicycle Coalition will be presenting the 2012 Bicycle-friendly Business awards and the Bicycle Commuter of the Year awards. We will cap the evening off with a dance party with local band Planet Booty.
Come raise a glass to a great Bike to Work Day and then grab a bite to eat at Old Oakland restaurants open late that night including brand new District, Cosecha, Food Coma, Caffe 817, Ratto’s, B Restaurant, Tamarindo, Liege and Pacific Coast Brewery.
Bike Happy Hour, Thursday May 10th from 5pm to 8:30pm in Old Oakland at 9th and Washington Streets. New Belgium Brewing will be pouring tasty brews with all proceeds benefiting the East Bay Bicycle Coalition.
Teams Are Rolling in the Team Bike Challenge - Still Time to Participate
You can still join a team or form a team at www.teambikechallenge.com and compete all May long in the funnest competition of Bike Month. Since you are allowed to backlog your bike trips for 7 days, please get on a team by next week and start riding.
Parent/Child teams associated with a school can compete to win a new Yuba Mundo Bike-www.ebbc.org/mundobike.
The East Bay Bicycle Coalition works for safe, convenient and enjoyable bicycling for all people in the east bay. We are supported by over 3,000 members, here in the east bay. Join us as a member atwww.ebbc.org/donate and make the bicycle movement in the East Bay a powerful force for change.
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