Looking for a fun way to celebrate Earth Day? If you’ve got a bike and live in Martinez, ride over to the John Muir National Historic Site on Saturday for the Birthday-Earth Day Celebration! Why ride your bike? Not only would John Muir – “The Father of our National Parks” – applaud you for keeping our air clean by using pollution-free transportation, but the Bay Area BikeMobile will also be at the event doing free bicycle repairs & giving maintenance tips from 10am until 2pm!... Read the rest
Earth Day is Saturday, April 22! We’ve pulled together a list of Earth Day celebrations in Contra Costa, happening now through Sunday the 23rd. If you see a  next to an event listing, it means 511 Contra Costa staff will have a table at the event. Say hello, pick up some 511CC swag & get info on bonuses for trying an alternative (and environmentally friendly) commute. Click any link below for additional information Earth Day Events Thursday, April 20 Pleasant Hill  : Diablo Valley College Earth Day – Blend your own smoothie on 511CC’s blender bikes, learn about recycling, sample free vegetarian fare & enjoy live music!... Read the rest
Do you use the North Concord/Martinez or Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station? Live or work in East County? BART wants your input! With plans to expand East Contra Costa service in 2018, BART is conducting a study to identify projects to improve access to stations for pedestrians, bikes, vehicles and transit. They’ve drafted a preliminary document identifying barriers and proposing improvements, and now they want to hear from you! For more information or to submit feedback, visit the North Concord to Antioch BART Study webpage.... Read the rest
Is carpooling for you? Here’s a quick test: Do you dislike sitting in traffic, enjoy saving money and wouldn’t mind a little company on the drive to work? If you answered “yes”, keep reading. Myths Debunked “It’s hard to find people to carpool with.” Finding people to carpool with is actually easier than it’s ever been. Beyond networking with friends, neighbors & co-workers to create a traditional carpool, apps like Lyft Line, UberPOOL, Scoop and Carzac help you connect with a carpool one ride at a time with no long-term commitment.... Read the rest
Bike to Work Day is May 11! If you’re not a regular bike commuter, here are some tips to help you get ready to ride: 1. Make sure your bike fits you properly. Bike size, saddle height and forward/backward position and handlebar height all play key parts in making you comfortable on your bike. If you know someone who can help you with all those measurements, great. If not, your local bike shop can easily help you get a great fit.... Read the rest
Walnut Creek to Danville During 2016’s Bike To Work Day, tens of thousands of people biked to work across the Bay Area. Among them were thousands of first-time bike commuters! We caught up with three first-timers during their commute home and asked them about their experiences. One cyclist was commuting by bike from Walnut Creek to Danville. Not only did she consider the ride to work easy and peaceful, she’s now confident she can cycle to work on days she doesn’t have to pick up her children.... Read the rest
Caltrans has set a target to triple bicycling by 2020, but in order to make that happen, they need your help! The Caltrans District 4 Bicycle Plan, which is currently being created, will guide California’s decision makers in developing bicycle projects and programs. With over 2200 miles of road under their management, Caltrans is relying on local feedback to let them know what residents feel is and isn’t working and what improvements they’d like to see.... Read the rest
On Presidents Day (Monday, February 20), some transit agencies will run on regular weekday schedules while others will offer modified service. We’ve collected all Monday’s schedules for easy reference. Click any link below for additional information: BART: Saturday schedule AC Transit: Sunday schedule WestCAT: Saturday schedule County Connection: Regular weekday schedule Tri Delta Transit: Routes 392, 393, 394 and 395 on Sunday schedule; no other service Wheels (LAVTA): Weekend Plus – All normal weekend service plus routes 53 & 54 Capitol Corridor: Regular weekday schedule Photo courtesy catwommn... Read the rest
On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 16), some transit agencies will run on regular weekday schedules while others will run on holiday schedules. We’ve collected the transit schedules for easy reference. Click any link below for additional schedule information. BART: Saturday schedule AC Transit: Sunday schedule WestCAT: Saturday service; Limited Lynx service County Connection: Regular weekday schedule Tri Delta Transit: Routes 392, 393, 394 and 395 on Sunday schedule; No other service Wheels (LAVTA): Weekend Plus: All normal weekend service plus 53, 54 Capitol Corridor: Regular weekday schedule... Read the rest
With 2017 just around the corner, we rounded up new laws impacting vehicle & traffic safety we thought you should know about. All of these laws take effect on January 1, 2017. Cell Phone (Electronic Wireless Device) Usage: It will be illegal to hold a cell phone (or other wireless electronic device) while operating a motor vehicle. Phones and devices will need to be mounted on the dashboard or windshield, and may only be operated by hand when activating or deactivating a feature or function can be done with “a single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger” (View full text of AB 1785) School Bus Safety: All school buses, school pupil activity buses, youth buses & child care motor vehicles used to transport school-age children will be required to have a “child safety alert system”.... Read the rest