Bike To Work Day 2019

It’s May, and that means it’s bike month in America and San Francisco!

An image from Bike to Work Day 2016. 3 Bicyclists and a google street view car are shown.
A shot from Bike to Work Day 2016 in San Francisco’s SOMA. And yes, I was able to find myself on Google Street View later…see below.

The most exciting event being Bike to Work Day! In San Francisco, that day is May 9th! We have a lot to be thankful for with new bike lanes and other infrastructure breaking ground and being planned all over the city, state, and country. Pledge to ride in your county and get entered for all sorts of free stuff! In San Francisco it’s a Levi’s commuter jacket!

It may not be Amsterdam over here yet, but we’re getting closer every day. I’d say we have the potential to make street designs here in the Bay Area that the Dutch aren’t even aware of if we put our mind to it.

The most fun part about biking to work on this day in the Bay Area is the Energizer Stations. Stop there for FREE tote bags, snacks, bicycle tune ups, and chatting with all the cool bike commuters. If you like seeing all the infrastructure improvements, this is also a great time to sign up for a membership with the SF Bike Coalition! (It pays for itself with discounts around town among other great things)

Do you need a refresher for urban bicycling? Or have you never ridden a bicycle before? There are free classes for that! This is one of the many great things the SF Bike Coalition is using with the money they get from memberships.

a bike to work day tote bag from 2018
Last year’s bike to work day tote bag. You only get this if you ride your bike on Bike to Work Day!
Image of an Energizer Station from Google Maps at the same moment when I took a picture of the car. Lots of bicycles and bike commuters riding to work for bike to work day.
Here’s what a small Energizer Station looks like. Some are bigger and on the sidewalk, some are smaller. Since this picture is taken from a Google Street View car, see if you can find me!
Picture of 3 tote bags with bicycle designs on them.
A few tote bags I’ve collected from past Bike to Work Days. The small ones are given away to anyone biking in the Bay Area if they pass by an Energizer Station. The large ones are given away if you sign up for a Bike Coalition membership at the same time.
Image of a bright orange volunteer shirt with a cityscape and a bicycle.
This is the Volunteer shirt I’ll be wearing on Bike to Work Day when I’m handing out tote bags and signing up new members at an Energizer Station on Market street.

This is also the day when record breaking numbers of bicyclists commute on the streets. This really shows the city planners the increasing viability of this transportation mode and motivates more (much needed) spending on bicycle infrastructure.

So bike to work tomorrow, sign up for your local bike coalition membership to support infrastructure improvements, and most of all enjoy the ride. 🚲🚲🚲 Maybe you’ll decide this is something to do on a normal day as well.

If you’re new to this website, make sure you check out how to secure your bike and 3 ways to make a left turn to stay safe and secure out there!

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