OAKLAND, Calif.--()--The San Francisco Bay Area’s 18th Annual Bike to Work Day held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 is kicking off its campaign to lure in regular cyclists and non-bike riders alike. With biking being an affordable form of transportation, fun, and easy way to achieve better health; Bike to Work Day has become a premier event in the 9 Bay Area counties.
Held during National Bike Month, Bike to Work Day incorporates activities all month. Events include a Team Bike Challenge, presented by Chipotle, where teams clock miles biking all month, for a chance at prizes and bragging rights. There’s also a Bike Commuter of the Year award for dedicated bicyclists who epitomize the health, social, and economic benefits of bicycling in their county.
Biking is a great way to get the 30-60 minutes of daily activity recommended for health. The July 13, 2009 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine reported that men who prefer active commuting, such as biking or walking, cut their risk of obesity in half while significantly reducing triglyceride levels and insulin levels compared to those driving. Employers benefit by encouraging employees to bike; it builds morale, reduces cost and demand for parking spaces, saving $750 per space per year.
On May 10th, hundreds of volunteers staff energizer stations to offer complimentary snacks, official Bike to Work Day canvas bags, bicycle information, and encouragement.
Bike to Work Day is presented by 511.org and Kaiser Permanente, with support from Bay Area Air Quality Management District, Beyond Pix Studios, Clif Bar, Chipotle, Adobe, Typekit, REI and Bike MS. This event is made possible through the cooperation of volunteers, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, traffic congestion agencies, local bicycling coalitions and the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition.
Events are held throughout San Francisco, Sonoma, Solano, Napa, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Marin and Alameda counties. For a complete list of energizer stations and to register for a chance to win a new Public Bike, tour from Grimes Getaways Bike Tours, or ModCloth gift certificate visit 511.org or www.youcanbikethere.com.
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