Bike to Work Day is a promotional event to encourage the use of a bicycle instead of a car. NOTE: For the most up-to-date information, click through to the 2016 Bike To Work Day Page About Bike To Work Day Bike Commuter of the Year (BCOY) Team Bike Challenge & Company Bike Challenge Need Help Planning Your Route? Contra Costa County Energizer Stations Want to Host an Energizer Station? Our 2016 Local Hosts Add Bike To Work Day to your calendar: iCalendar  •  Google Calendar  •  Outlook   About Bike To Work Day On Thursday, May 12, there will be over 400 Energizer Stations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area where cyclists can stop by for refreshments and promotional items.... Read the rest
On Thursday, May 14, over 100,000 people across the Bay Area commuted by bike in celebration of Bike to Work Day! The Bay’s 400-plus energizer stations saw more than 51,000 riders stop in or ride by on their way to work. In Contra Costa, morning energizer station hosts counted over 3,585 cyclists! Even with the threat of rain, thousands of people still grabbed their bikes for the commute to work – some for the very first time!... Read the rest
After a successful pilot in San Francisco, Bay Area Bike Share is going east. In less than a year, these baby blue bikes have zipped around San Francisco and the peninsula on over 200,000 trips, and soon, even in the East Bay. This spring, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), which supplied much of the original funding to launch the Bay Area Bike Share, committed $8.7 million to expand the system to the East Bay.... Read the rest
Bay Area Bike Share launch in San Jose CA Will the streets of the Bay Area soon be full with a sea of bike-share commuters cycling that last mile from BART to the workplace? Only time will tell. Photo credit: Richard Masoner The Bay Area is not new to transportation innovations. Last year, we celebrated four successful decades of the visionary commuter rail known as BART, which stills sees climbing ridership  and continues be seen as a model of sustainable transportation for the rest of the nation.... Read the rest
IMG_0431 Bike commuting– much safer and pleasant when there’s company. Photo credit: Walk Eagle Rock Los Angeles has been making headlines in recent years because of the region’s willingness to invest in alternatives to the automobile, particularly in bringing back an efficient and convenient train system. However, it now appears that another form of commuter train has been built… bike trains! What are bike trains? The founders of LA Bike Trains, the organization spearheading the concept, put together this concise explanation: We provide a rolling party along select routes run by Conductors – experienced urban cyclists – to harness the safety of riding in a group while kicking it up a notch by making the ride a fun social experience. ... Read the rest
Melbourne Bike Share - first day A bike-share dock in Melbourne, Australia. Photo credit: Gavin Anderson This past month you may have heard about New York City’s historic bike-share launch. New York’s bike-share program continues to incite enthusiasm and excitement, not just for the locals using the system, but for other cities interested in similar bike-share schemes. Here in California one can’t help but to wonder– when will the bike-friendly Bay Area get to enjoy bike-sharing?... Read the rest
Bike to Work Day at the Mid Market Energizer Station Bike to Work Day 2010 in San Francisco. Photo credit: Bay Area Fair Trade Coalition In an earlier post here at 511 Contra Costa we noted that commuter benefits for vanpooling and public transportation had been restored through the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (HR 8) to be on par with the qualified parking benefit For the 2013 calendar year: up to $245 per employee withholding per month for vanpool and all public transportation up to $245 per employee withholding per month for qualified parking, or up to $490 per employee withholding per month for both public transportation and qualified parking This is great news but how does one go about setting aside pre-tax income for a commute benefit?... Read the rest
Flaky Cycling in the snow. Photo credit: Amsterdamize When a quarter of all trips within the entire country are done by bicycle it’s difficult to imagine much could be done to make cycling more attractive in the Netherlands. Then the municipality of Eindhoven unveiled it’s spectacular aerial roundabout for bikes that lets cyclists fly over motorized traffic. More recently the city of Groningen – where almost 60% of all trips are by bicycle – yet another innovation has come about to make cycling even more attractive and convenient.... Read the rest
Have you ever been unsure whether you should bike or take public transit to work? You’re not alone! Richard Pope of London recently blogged about his most recent invention, the bicycle barometer, which tells him if he’s better off cycling, or taking the Tube to work. Richard Pope describes it like this: “The bicycle barometer takes data about the weather, the status of the tube lines I use to get to work, and whether my local station is open or shut.... Read the rest