Bike to Work Day 2016
On Thursday May 12, 2016 tens of thousands of regular and first-time Bay Area residents will bike to work for the 22nd Annual Bike to Work Day, part of National Bike Month.
More than 80 Energizer Stations in Santa Clara County and 40 in San Mateo County will give people on bikes a chance to stop and get a snack, a tote bag, goodies, and a few words of encouragement.
More than one million Bay Area residents live within five miles of their workplace, an ideal distance for bicycling.
According to the 2013 American Community Survey, over 62,000 Bay Area residents use a bicycle as their primary means of getting to work every day.
Bike to Work Day is a vision of what the morning commute should look like: parents and children, teachers, restaurant workers, politicians, CEOs, all doing the unimaginable – enjoying their trips to work and school.
Interested in taking part? Visit the links on the right to learn how to get your bike tuned up and ready to go, maps of Energizer Stations, how to get involved as a volunteer, and a full list of bike-friendly events happening in May in Santa Clara and San Mateo County.
You can do it
It sounds simple because it is. Almost 40 percent of Bay Area commuters live within just five miles of their workplace, a bike-able distance for even inexperienced cyclists. If every person living this close to their workplace ditched their cars on Bike to Work Day alone, more than 60,000 vehicles would be off the road, reducing tailpipe emissions by more than 150,000 pounds. What’s more, the large turnout each year makes such a visible presence of bicyclists that motorists actually take notice, slow down, and make room. Everyone’s commute is improved when people take to the streets on bikes.
SVBC can help
In order to encourage as much participation as possible, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition spends months planning the event and spreading the word through the community and to the media. SVBC also organizes and oversees a huge network of Energizer Stations throughout Santa Clara County – stops along popular routes where cyclists can get a snack, a tote bag, some other goodies, and a few words of encouragement. Energizer Stations in San Mateo County are coordinated by Commute.org in partnership with SVBC. These efforts are worth it – each year, many participants find bicycle commuting so fun and easy that they make a habit out of it and continue to bike to work throughout the year.
Do it for fun
There are so many great reasons to give bike commuting a first try, but the reason people stick with it is simple – it’s fun. So save the date for a morning of fun: Thursday, May 12 is Bike to Work Day 2016. Leave the car at home, dust off the bike, and enjoy your commute for once.
On your way home from work, be sure to stop by our Bike Away From Work Bash where food, friends, and fascinating tales of the morning’s adventures await!
Don’t limit yourself to just bicycle commuting to work. Try riding your bike whenever possible during the month of May. Bicycling provides a great opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise while you go to school, visit a local farmers market, meet a friend for lunch at a restaurant around the corner, or any another destinations you may have planned.
Become a Sponsor
Bike to Work Day brings together thousands of cyclists! If your company would like to be a part of this great community event and receive some great exposure to Silicon Valley professionals, take a look at our Sponsorship and Benefits page.
Bike to Work Day is funded by 511.org, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Kaiser Permanente, as well as several local sponsors.