Get ready to ride! Thursday is Bike to Work Day

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bike to work dayLong Beach is well on its way to becoming the most bicycle friendly city in the country, and the community is encouraged to participate in 2010 California Bike Commute Week from May 17 through May 21.

In celebration of this week and to encourage more people help clean our air by riding their bike to work, the City of Long Beach, Long Beach Cyclists, and California State University, Long Beach are hosting three “Pit Stops/Energizing Stations” to encourage, assist and thank people who ride their bike to work on Thursday, May 20, which is Bike to Work Day.

Each Pit Stop/Energizing Station will have free hot coffee, breakfast to-go items, maps, opportunities to win giveaways, and bike tune-ups. This year, a record number of participants are expected to enjoy a relaxing, healthy, green bicycle ride to work.

Pit Stops/Energizing Stations will be hosted at the following locations:

  • Jones Bicycle Shop, 6:30-11:30 am, 5332 E. 2nd St., sponsored by Long Beach Cyclists, www.longbeachcyclists.com
  • Long Beach City Hall, 7-9 am, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., sponsored by City of Long Beach, www.bikelongbeach.org
  • California State University, Long Beach, 6-9 am, 6200 Atherton St., in front of the Big Blue Pyramid at the bike lane on Atherton, sponsored by CSULB Rideshare, CSULB Cyclists, and Jax Bicycles, www.csulb.edu/rideshare, www.csulb.edu/org/special/csulbcyclists/ Bike tune ups will be offered after 7am.

Bicycling is a great way to get to work and stay fit at the same time. Not only is bicycling healthy for you, it’s healthy for the planet. You may think you don’t have time to bicycle to work, but for distances of 5 miles or less, bicycling may actually take less time than driving. In addition, bicycling is an efficient use of your valuable time. Commuting by bike allows you to skip a trip to the gym and exercise as you travel to work.

For more information regarding Bike Commute Week, please visit www.bikelongbeach.org.  The Web site also has information regarding local events planned for May, National Bike Month.

Other National Bike Month activities include:

May 17-21, Bike to Work Week,
Long Beach will have three morning energizing stations (“pit stops”) for cyclists biking to work on Thursday, May 20 (Bike to Work Day). Pit stop locations will include CSULB (Walter Pyramid), Civic Center Plaza downtown, and Jones Bicycle Shop in Belmont Shore. Pit stops will offer cyclists grab & go breakfast items, free bike tune-ups, and opportunity drawings.

May 18, Downtown Long Beach & Biking Discussion,
Learn about and discuss the bike-friendly efforts being made in the Downtown with Long Beach Mobility Coordinator, Charles Gandy, and others in the community at bike-friendly coffeehouse, Sipology, at 7 pm.

May 19 & 22, Bike Traffic Skills 101 Course, www.csulb.edu/rideshare
California State University, Long Beach offers a free, two-part bike traffic skills course to help people brush up on their cycling skills.

May 25, Future of Biking in Long Beach Discussion,
Partake in a caffeine-fueled discussion at Portfolio Coffeehouse on the future of biking in Long Beach with Long Beach Mobility Coordinator, Charles Gandy, and others in the community, at 7 p.m.

A full calendar of activities is available for download online at www.bikelongbeach.org. Calendars are also available at local bicycle shops.

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