Friday, May 9, 2014
Bike to Work / Bike to School Day
Yesterday was Bike to Work Day and Bike to School Day. Nearly 20,000 people around Alameda and Contra Costa counties took advantage of 126 energizer stations and organized "pedal pools" to bike to work or school. Many of those people regularly bike to work or school, but the event aims to get more people to try it and consider biking as an alternative to driving.
In past years, I've volunteered at various energizer stations around Oakland, handing out goody bags, serving refreshments, counting bikes, and telling people about Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and Bike East Bay. This year I led a pedal pool from Fruitvale BART to Frank Ogawa Plaza. Other pedal pools started earlier in districts 6 and 7, and met up with us by the bike station at Fruitvale BART in district 5 for the ride downtown. The bike station provides free bike parking and is fairly busy most commute mornings, but with an energizer station set up, and people gathering for the pedal pool, it was hopping. (Special shoutout to the teachers who stopped, who were both biking to work and biking to school.)
At Frank Ogawa Plaza, various groups had tables set up with information about biking. The Oakland Public Library even brought their book bicycle trailer to help publicize biking events the library has coming up as part of Bike. The After brief speeches from mayor Jean Quan and some of the city council members who had ridden to work, it was time for pancakes!
Read more about Bike to Work Day at Bike East Bay.
More pictures from Bike to Work Day:
Working mostly from home means it was "bike away from work" day for me, at least to start. After fun in Frank Ogawa Plaza, it was then time to actually ride to work, i.e., a brief IT call in Laurel, then home to my home office.