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It’s back-to-school time! If you live within walking distance of your child’s school, you might consider forming a walking school bus. A walking school bus can be as simple as two families taking turns walking their children to school. You can definitely go bigger, by including more parents and children, but it’s easiest to start […]

Bike to Work Day is a promotional event to encourage the use of a bicycle instead of a car. 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 […]

On Bike to Work Day, reward yourself for commuting by bicycle with an after-work street party in Concord! The Bike to Work Day Celebration will be on Salvio Street between Grant and Mount Diablo Streets from 5:30 to 8:30pm. There will be live music, games and face painting for kids, as well as educational booths […]

Bike to Work Day is a promotional event to encourage the use of a bicycle instead of a car. Contra Costa County Energizer Stations Bike Commuter of the Year (BCOY) Team Bike Challenge & Company Bike Challenge Need help planning your route? Host an Energizer Station Next Year Our 2015 Local Hosts Bike to Work […]

National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 6. As a lead-up to the big day, Street Smarts Diablo is teaming up with select middle schools in Contra Costa for a series of individual Bike & Roll to School events. Middle school students will be accepting the challenge to get to school on wheels by riding their […]

RIchmond Bridge Bike and Pedestrian Path

Plans are underway to build a separated bike/pedestrian path on the upper deck of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. As part of a four-year Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTC) pilot project, the shoulders on the upper and lower decks of the bridge will be converted to a bike/pedestrian path and a traffic lane, respectively. The bike/pedestrian path […]

After a successful pilot in San Francisco, Bay Area Bike Share is going east.

Bay Area Bike Share is coming to the East Bay in 2015. Here’s everything you need to know.

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The morning commute brought 4,175 bicycle commuters which is more than the combined a.m. and p.m. count for cyclists recorded last year.  So far we have seen our Best Dressed; a Walnut Creek Councilwoman pedaled a bike blender to make a smoothie; and bicycle commuters in San Ramon were treated to burritos. What’s in store […]

Catching the Bus to Horseshoe Bay

A bicyclist peacefully overtakes a bus loading and unloading passengers. Photo credit: Canadian Veggie If you commute by bike or bus, the conflict is familiar: a bus will overtake a person bicycling then arrive at a stop to pick up passengers, and while the bus is momentarily stopped the person bicycling will catch up and […]

Eureka bike ramp

American transportation planners are fixated on getting more people on bikes, and it’s easy to see why. Bicycles offer a number of benefits, so much so that we have a “bike benefits” tag on this blog. With the immense popularity of blogs such as Bicycle Dutch and A View From The Cycle Path, which demonstrate what everyday bicycling is […]

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, […]

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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 […]

Cycling scene on York Blvd

Good for business? A former parking space for a single car now easily accommodates 10 times as many bicycles. Photo credit: Walk Eagle Rock Here at 511 Contra Costa we tag posts that directly or indirectly feature the benefits of bicycling with our “bike benefits” tag. Of the many benefits we’ve covered, one is increasingly […]

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Bike aboard Amtrak. Photo credit: ubrayj02 Looking to take a nice train and bike trip along the coast this summer? The Source published this news release from Caltrans, which funds some passenger rail service in California, regarding the new bike reservation policy (with our emphasis added) : Caltrans, Amtrak Announce New Bike Reservation Policy to Improve Customer Service […]

Image credit: Lorraine Blanco The last BART strike occurred in 1997 and lasted 6 days. Here is a list of transportation resources during a continued BART strike. Getting Around KQED put together a great post of transportation alternatives listed by agency. Options ranging from carpooling, biking, taking the bus, ferries and trains are all covered. […]

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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 […]

In Fall 2012, 511 Contra Costa deployed Street Smarts Diablo Region, a traffic safety program, with federal Safe Routes to School funding. Street Smarts Diablo Region intends to educate pedestrians, cyclists and drivers through programs delivered at all public elementary, middle and high schools. In the City of Pittsburg, Martin Luther King Jr Junior High […]

We compiled some great photos of Bike to Work day 2013 in Contra Costa County. Also – 511CC is now on Pinterest. Follow our Bike to Work day board or check out all of our Pinterest boards. [flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157633555485006″]

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 – […]

Got 5 minutes? Get pumped for Bike to Work Day with these videos! Which one do you like best?

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 […]

Cycling scene on York Blvd

(Five bicycles locked to bike racks, one bike rack locked to a sign post. Photo credit: Walk Eagle Rock) Whether you’re going to your favorite restaurant for lunch or to the local grocery store to pick up a few items, bicycling is a great way to get there– especially as the days are getting longer […]

The 19th Annual Bike to Work Day – May 9, 2013 Come help celebrate National Bike Month and California Bike Commute Week in May with Bike to Work Day. Bike to Work Day is a promotional event to encourage non-bike riders to try commuting by bicycle. Bike to Work Day in the San Francisco Bay […]

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Image credit: David Yu 511CC’s 2012 Year in Review From the Caldecott Tunnel breakthrough to Bay Area transit agencies celebrating milestones for service, 2012 was a great year for biking, transit and transportation. Here are some of this year’s top stories. Top Tweets Some of our most popular tweets (number of link clicks) in 2012 […]