BIKE TO WORK DAY 2016 – CONTRA COSTA – 511 Contra Costa

BIKE TO WORK DAY 2016 – CONTRA COSTA

BTWD2016_web_horizontalBike to Work Day is a promotional event to encourage the use of a bicycle instead of a car.

About Bike To Work Day

On Thursday, May 12, there were over 400 Energizer Stations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area where cyclists stopped by for refreshments and promotional items.
511 Contra Costa has supported cyclists and Energizer Station hosts throughout Contra Costa County since 2001 using Bay Area Air Quality Management District funds and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority’s half-cent sales tax for transportation funds.
Bike to Work Day 2016 was presented by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, 511 and Kaiser Permanente.  Regional sponsors include the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), Clear Channel Outdoor, The Canary Foundation and Challenge, Clif Bar and KPIX TV.

Recap of This Year’s Bike To Work Day

Bike To Work Day 2016 saw over 100,000 people across the Bay Area commuting by bike, with more than 5,600 participants in Contra Costa alone! Morning counts across the Bay Area showed an increase in participation of more than 9 percent over last year. Read more about this year’s Bike To Work Day on the 511CC Blog.

Video Highlights from Bike To Work Day 2016

Bike Commuter of the Year 2016

Bike Commuter of the Year (BCOY) award recipients are recognized for their dedication to riding their bike for everyday transportation. They are a testament to the many benefits of bicycle commuting: from improving their health to bringing families together.
Contra Costa’s 2016 Bike Commuter of the Year is Karineh Samkian! She started biking to work a few years ago and makes her daily commute from El Cerrito using the Ohlone Greenway and I-80 Bikeway. She’s encouraged co-workers to commute by bike and is even getting her kids excited about cycling. For more of her story, click here.

Don’t Wait Until Next Year to Bike to Work

1st time biking to work PHill to San RamonBike To Work Day is a great time to try commuting by bike, but it doesn’t have to be the only day you give it a shot! Just remember: Biking to work is all about what works for you. Maybe the weather, or having a bike buddy, or the copious amounts of stuff you have to haul on a bike factors into your decision to cycle to work, and that’s okay!
Biking to work should be enjoyable, so pick days when riding seems fun and reasonable, then go for it. Do that and you might find yourself planning more rides to work. That’s what happened for some of this year’s first-time Bike To Work Day Participants. Read what they had to say about their plans to try biking to work more often.

Photo Gallery: Bike To Work Day 2016

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Morning Energizer Stations

Antioch: Mokelumne Trail at Prewett Park (hosted by the City of Antioch)

Brentwood: City Park (hosted by Delta Pedalers Bicycle Club)

El Cerrito: Ohlone Greenway (hosted by the City of El Cerrito)

Martinez: Central Contra Costa Sanitary (hosted by Central Contra Costa Sanitary District)

Pleasant Hill: Contra Costa Canal Trail & Gregory Ln (hosted by Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District)

San Pablo: City Hall (hosted by the City of San Pablo)

Walnut Creek: Contra Costa Canal Trail & Geary Rd

Walnut Creek: Contra Costa Canal Trail & N. Wiget Ln (hosted by Renaissance ClubSport)

Walnut Creek: Iron Horse Trail & Broadway/Newell Ave (hosted by Beeline Bikes & Whole Foods Market)

Walnut Creek: Iron Horse Trail & Contra Costa Canal Trail (hosted by CCTA, 511CC & EBRPD)

Walnut Creek: S. Main St & Newell Ave (hosted by Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center)

Walnut Creek: Olympic Blvd & Newell Ave (hosted by Bike Walnut Creek)

Walnut Creek: Ygnacio Canal Trail & Contra Costa Trail (hosted by Encina Bicycle Center)

Afternoon Energizer Stations

Walnut Creek: Iron Horse Trail & Contra Costa Canal Trail (hosted by CCTA, 511CC & EBRPD)

Employers: Tips on Encouraging Bike Commuting

If you’re an employer and want to inspire more of your employees to commute by bike, we can help! You’ll find some great strategies on promoting bike commuting year-round at the YouCanBikeThere.com site. For tips on how to get more people in your organization pushing the pedals on Bike To Work Day, download the Bike To Work Day Employer Toolkit!

Download the 2016 Bike To Work Day Poster