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    Published Thursday, May 22, 2008, by the Mountain View Voice Bike to Work Day a hit, organizers say Downtown Mountain View alone saw more than 600 cyclists in
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      Published Thursday, May 22, 2008, by the Mountain View Voice

      Bike to Work Day a hit, organizers say

      Downtown Mountain View alone saw more than 600 cyclists in 14th
      annual event

      By Nicole Baldocchi
      Mountain View Voice Staff

      Thousands of Bay Area residents biked to work last week during the
      14th Annual Bike to Work Day -- so many, organizers say, that the
      day was an unqualified success.

      This year's event was held last Thursday and resulted in an "amazing
      turnout," with approximately 30,000 participants throughout Santa
      Clara County, according to Corinne Winter, executive director of the
      Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, which sponsors Bike to Work Day.

      Winter said that's about twice as many people participating as last
      year -- all of them diverse in age and background. There were even
      some children with their parents biking to work, she said. They all
      take part to get healthy, help the environment and feel energized
      for the work day, organizers said.

      "We have a lot of people telling us their first time biking to work
      was on Bike to Work Day," Winter added.

      The coalition holds Bike to Work Day on the third Thursday of May
      each year, enlisting the help of other local groups and agencies,
      such as the Mountain View Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee and
      the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

      Jerri-Ann Meyer, who helped staff the Downtown Mountain View station
      on Thursday morning, said she has been biking to and from work -- a
      10-mile commute from Mountain View to Menlo Park -- every work day
      for the past five years. Meyer is also a member of the Mountain View
      Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

      Organizers counted more than 600 cyclists at the Caltrain station
      downtown. There were a total of seven "energizer stations," as they
      are called, across Mountain View that day set up to make things
      pleasanter for the cyclists. At each station, staff handed out coffee
      cake from Hobee's, Starbucks coffee, water, fruit, granola bars,
      cycling information and goodie bags containing gift certificates. The
      coalition had stations as far north as Pacifica and as far south as
      Morgan Hill.

      Local companies helped to sponsor the event with donations like the
      food and coffee, and by staffing the stations with volunteers. The
      companies included Google, HP, Apple and Sun Microsystems.

      For more information on the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, visit
      http://svbcbikes.org or call (408) 287-7259.

      The Mountain View Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee meets on the
      last Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Conference
      Room, located on the second floor of Mountain View City Hall.
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