After a successful first year, the Summer Bike Challenge is back! This time around it’s open to both adults & children, so everyone can enjoy free stuff while exploring their town by bike. Pleasant Hill, Martinez and Brentwood each have their own Challenge cards, featuring local destinations to visit by bike. Throughout the summer, there will also be giveaways at local parks and businesses for people who arrive by bike, including free swimming, treats, and Carrot Cash at local farmers markets.... Read the rest
Earth Day is Friday, April 22! We’ve pulled together a list of Earth Day celebrations in Contra Costa, happening now through Sunday the 24th. 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. Earth Day Events Wednesday, April 20  Pleasant Hill: Diablo Valley College Earth Day – 321 Golf Club Rd, 10:30am-12:30pm Saturday, April 23 Martinez:  John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration – John Muir National Historic Site, 10am-4pm Antioch: Keep Antioch Beautiful Day: Citywide cleanup, 8:30am-11am Danville: Danville Earth Day Celebration, Danville Library, 11am-2pm Richmond: Earth Day on the Richmond Greenway – Richmond Greenway Revitalization, 9am-1:30pm Sunday, April 24 Lafayette: Lafayette Earth Day Festival, Lafayette Library, 11am-3pm... Read the rest
Valet park your bike at the Pleasant Hill Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 3, and you’ll be entered to win $20 in Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association “Carrot Cash”! Roll in, leave your bike with the 511CC bike valet staff and they’ll give you a claim check for your bicycle and keep it safe while you shop. The new bike valet service is a joint effort between 511CC and Pacific Coast Farmers’ Market Association to encourage patrons to choose cycling as their way to get to and from the Market.... Read the rest
This year, 511 Contra Costa held it’s first-ever Pleasant Hill Summer Youth Bike Challenge (SYBC). From June 1 to August 29, kids were encouraged to explore Pleasant Hill by bicycle, checking off destinations on their Challenge card as they went. Not only were participants able to get free stuff through out the summer, like Jamba Juice, kettle corn, froyo, and swim time at Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park, everyone who submitted a completed Challenge card was in the running to win an iPad Mini.... Read the rest
Bike to Work Day is almost here! Whether you’re already committed to riding or need a tiny bit more motivation, we’ve got the lowdown on Energizer Stations that should not be missed! Antioch • Deer Valley Rd & Wellness Way (Kaiser Permanente Antioch Medical Center) – 6:30-9:30 am: Giving away free bike bells! Pleasant Hill • Contra Costa Canal Trail at Gregory Lane – 7:30-8:45 am & 4-6 pm: Raffle to win a $25 gift certificate towards a fitness or dance class with Pleasant Hill Parks & Recreation.... Read the rest
511 Contra Costa is rolling out a new youth biking program in Pleasant Hill. The Summer Youth Bike Challenge provides fun, healthy, no cost summer recreation that challenges participants to explore their hometown via bicycle. Challenge destinations include public parks and athletic fields, the library, Farmers Market, and Downtown Pleasant Hill.  The Summer Youth Bike Challenge is open to all students in grades K-12. Participants are asked to take the challenge and bike to local places by August 29.... Read the rest
Earth Day is April 22. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is a worldwide event which helps people learn about and take action to protect their environment. Looking for an Earth Day event, festival or cleanup day in Contra Costa County? Here are some events happening in our area: Saturday, April 18 John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration, John Muir National Historic Site (Martinez) El Cerrito Earth Day Celebration: Earth Day work party Keep Antioch Beautiful Day: Citywide cleanup Sunday, April 19 Wagner Ranch Nature Area: Earth Day/Wildlife Festival (Orinda) Tuesday, April 21 Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center Earth Day Celebration – 1425 S.... Read the rest
As we get older, physical changes occur which can impact our safety behind the wheel. The good news is there are steps we can take to remain safer drivers even as we age. Thanks to the Pleasant Hill Commission on Aging, here are some helpful suggestions for senior drivers. If you’re not a senior driver but have a parent or friend who is, consider sharing these suggestions with them: 1.... Read the rest
Older drivers are often the safest drivers, since they are more likely to wear their seatbelts and less likely to speed or drink and drive. However, older drivers are more likely to be killed or seriously hurt when a crash does occur due to their greater susceptibility to injury. CarFit is an educational program offering older adults the opportunity to check how well their personal vehicles “fit” them. A trained team, including occupational therapy practitioners, will assist older drivers in assuring they leave with:  • A clear line of sight over the steering wheel   • Adequate space between the front airbag/steering wheel and the driver’s breastbone  • Properly adjusted head restraints and proper positioning on the gas & brake pedals   • Proper seat belt fit and instruction on proper use  • Safe positioning of mirrors to minimize blind spots   The Pleasant Hill Commission on Aging will host a CarFit event for Pleasant Hill Seniors on Saturday, May 2, from 10am-1:00pm, consisting of a series of personal appointments. ... Read the rest
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is offering opportunities for Bay Area high school students to get hands-on experience in the transportation field through paid summer internships. They are currently accepting applications for positions in 9 Bay Area counties, including Contra Costa. This year 511 Contra Costa is proud to offer two internship opportunities as part of the program, in our El Cerrito and Pleasant Hill offices. Interested students are encouraged to apply for positions in their home county.... Read the rest