bike to work day | 511 Contra Costa- Part 3

Happy Bike to Work Day!

From everyone at 511CC, we wish you a happy and safe day as you bike your way to and from work or school.
But there’s more! The Bike to Work Day celebration doesn’t quite stop after the end of the day today:

  • From 4-6:30 pm, 511CC is hosting an Evening on the Trails. Check our Bike to Work Day page for more information.
  • Submit your photos and/or videos of Bike to Work Day to enter for a chance to win $25 Peet’s Coffee & Tea! Submissions must be sent by May 14, 2010 at 5pm PST to be eligible for the prize drawing. Enter by tagging your tweets with #btwd511cc or email them to: bike@511contracosta.org.
  • Earn Bike Buck$ with 511CC by riding your bike to work through the month of May.
  • On our Bike to Work Day page, leave a comment about your experience with the event.

Spend an evening exploring the Iron Horse and Contra Costa Canal trails with 511CC on May 13, 2010

To celebrate Bike to Work Day, 511 Contra Costa will host an Evening on the Trails from 4-6:30 PM on May 13th, 2010.

Families and area residents are encouraged to climb aboard their bikes to explore the Iron Horse and Contra Costa Canal trails, visiting energizer stations for complimentary refreshments, giveaways, bicycling safety tips and a raffle for a new bike. The stops include Civic, Heather Farm, Larkey and Walden parks.

For more information:

2010 Bicycle Commuter Assistance Program Begins

511 Contra Costa is proud to announce the start of its 2010 Bicycle Commuter Assistance Program class for 2010. For the past two Saturdays, 15 Contra Costa residents have been taking the League of American Bicyclists‘ “Traffic Skills 101” class. Each Saturday, students learned basic bicycle mechanics, riding skills and the experience needed to ride their bicycle safely in traffic. Emphasis was placed on students becoming good ambassadors for the cycling community.
Graduates of the bicycle program have committed to trying to ride their bicycles to work about two days a week for three months. The Bicycle Commuter Assistance Program is the only program of its kind in the nation, sponsored by 511CC. Through this program, 511 Contra Costa not only provides League of American Bicyclist’s training, but also incentivizes participants to ride their bicycle to work with free transit tickets.
Interested in participating? Unfortunately, the deadline has passed for the 2010 511CC BCAP registration, but we have other events and resources for both novice and experienced bikers:

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Commuting to Work is Recreation for Clayton Cyclist

A Clayton commuter once believed that cycling was for recreation and weekends, but now his commute to work IS recreation.
Meet Steve Biggs of Clayton. He began cycling to work on Bike to Work Day (May 14th, 2009) and has continued bicycle commuting  ever since.  Although Steve is a trained road cyclist he didn’t commute by bike because he was a bit unsure of the route, how to clean up after the ride, and with a new job he didn’t want to risk being late.    Steve threw caution to the wind and cycled to work on Bike to Work Day.   Read Steve’s updates  below to see how things are going.
June 2, 2009-  “There was a little bit of a learning curve on the logistics.  Now I have enough clothes at work to last a week or so and the local health club gave me a” shower” membership.  The first week I almost threw my back out by carrying too much stuff with me and managed to cover a pair of slacks in grease. ”
July 2,  2009 – “Cycling to work is going great.  I rode all four days this week.  I have been getting a little more comfortable doing errands or stopping for other meetings on the way home, so that has helped increase the number of  days I ride.  I also found out that there are showers in our building after meeting another cyclist that works in the complex.  Monday had been a driving day because I was always tired, but now when I cycle to work Monday I feel more energetic all day.  With all the road miles that I’ve logged I decided to sign up for the 100-mile Livestrong Challenge and raise some money for cancer.”
November 11, 2009 —  Steve Biggs has been cycling to work since Bike To Work Day six months ago.  He’s cycling to work three to four days a week and says it feels strange to drive into work.   “I wasn’t sure if I would ride as frequently once the days started getting shorter and it meant riding in the dark.  The route I was originally taking had some sections with heavy traffic so I adjusted the route to make the trip a little safer.  I use a mountain biking headlight that provides more than enough light for the road, and I bought a bright blinking tail light and lights for the wheels. I actually find that cars have no trouble seeing me, and are a little more careful in the dark when passing. The nice part is that I only get home 15 minutes later than I would if I had driven.”
Biggs says his weekday riding makes a huge difference on weekend rides with friends.  He  found that he is a much stronger rider (than last year) with all the mid-week mileage he is doing, which makes his recreational riding more fun.

BTWD 2009 Energizer Stations in Contra Costa

There are currently over 35 Energizer Stations in Contra Costa  to help support your ride to work on May 14, 2009.  Get your bicycle ready for a safe  and fun commute and be sure to map out which Energizer Stations are located on your route.  Stop by for some free shwag and refreshments.  
The Energizer Stations in Contra Costa are made possible by the following volunteers: the Cities of San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Antioch, Pittsburg, Richmond, El Cerrito; Town of Danville; Bishop Ranch Transportation Centre,  Lafayette Bike/Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Walnut Creek Bicycle Advisory Committee, Lafayette Chamber /Green Committee, Whole Foods Market, Fresenius Medical Care, Bank of America, Diablo Valley College, Los Medanos College, The Delta Pedalers, The County Connection, REI Concord and Brentwood, Parkmead School,  Central Contra Costa Sanitary District, Renaissance Club Sport, Kaiser Permanente Antioch, The Pedaler Bike Shop, CARS (Complete Auto Repair Service),  Sports Basement, and SunPower Corporation. 

Bike to Work Day 2009 Community Outreach Interns Wanted – Spanish and Chinese Speaking

img_0071BABC is hiring Spanish and Chinese Speaking Outreach Interns for Bike to Work Day 2009
The Bay Area Bicycle Coalition is looking for two bilingual interns one fluent in Spanish and the other fluent in Chinese to help promote this year’s Bike to Work Day within the Bay Area’s vibrant Latino and Chinese communities. Interns will work 2-3 hours/week from March 16- May 14, 2009. $500 stipend provided at conclusion of internship and travel is reimbursed.
We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about bicycling and wishes to gain exposure to various players in the implementation process of the Bay Area wide Bike to Work Day event. Interns must have strong organizational and communication skills, both written and verbal and in both English and Spanish/Chinese; excellent time management and multi-tasking skills are also necessary. Self-starter, with positive attitude, ability to work in a team environment and able to communicate difficulties to supervisor and overcome challenges presented. Basic computer skills also required.
Potential internship duties may include but are not limited to:
• Working closely with Bike to Work Day (BTWD) coordinators to develop and implement an outreach plan to promote the event in the Chinese/Latino communities.
• Serve as a liaison between the Regional event coordinators and the local communities
• Serve as spokesperson to Latino/Chinese media (Media Training provided)
• Translation of BTWD media from English to Spanish/Chinese
Qualifications and experience:
• Must be bilingual and fluent in Spanish or Chinese
• Familiarity with the Bay Area and its diverse communities
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Enthusiasm for bicycling
• Organizing/outreach experience a plus
This internship is an excellent opportunity for students or individuals who are interested in event planning, community organizing, and/or media outreach.
Please send resume and cover letter to the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition’s Executive Director, Andrew Casteel at andrew(at)bayareabikes.org. Deadline for applicants is March 2. Interviews take place on March 5.