I came across this sign across the main street in our town yesterday morning. There are a lot of Bike to Work days around, lots of towns have them, and I was excited to learn that our town does as well. If your town doesn’t currently have a Bike to Work day or month, it would be worth looking into what governing body or council in your town that has the power to put one into place. Petition it!
My bike commute is not that arduous. It involves a 4 minute trek on a beach cruiser. If everyday isn’t a bike to work day then shame on me.
From the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition:
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.
Who knows, if it works for the Bay Area and people turn out in droves to ride their bikes to work then it could be the biggest Group Ride we’ve ever seen.
Maybe you could adopt the Bay Area’s Bike to Work Day on May 12 for yourself!
Just curious – do you commute by bike? Leave a comment and let us know.