Bike to Work Day was a hit -- 30,000 participants in SCCo.
- 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
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
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.