Contra Costa County residents invited to participate in Bike to Work Day

On May 9, residents will bike to work to promote health and sustainability

With summer on the horizon, many office workers have undoubtedly began to long for the sunshine and fresh air of the great outdoors.

To help give those employees the excuse to enjoy said sunshine and fresh air, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors is promoting the Bay Area’s 25th Bike to Work Day on Thursday, to encourage those who do not usually bike to work to give it a go.

“Contra Costa is proud to promote Bike to Work Day. Biking to work is healthy for our air and our bodies. Once people try it out, they realize that it could work for them, and they do it more regularly. Plus, it’s fun,” Board of Supervisors Chair John Gioia said.

County officials say the event is a part of California Bike Commute Week and National Bike Month, and to promote the event government officials throughout the Bay Area have established 200 “energizer stations” throughout the region, more than 50 of which are located in Contra Costa County.

Energizer stations will be located along local bike commute routes throughout the Bay Area and will provide free beverages, snacks and opportunities for prizes through a raffle.

Two energizer stations can be found in the San Ramon Valley, one on Horse Trail behind Lunardi's Market, 345 Railroad Ave., in downtown Danville, and another is located where the Iron Horse Trail intersects with Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon.

To help bikers plan out the best available routes around town, the county has provided an innovative bicycle mapping system designed to identify the flattest, most direct and fastest routes through the 511 Contra Costa’s Bike Mapper.

Employers looking to encourage more of their staff to commute by bike the county has provided a link to the official Bike to Work Day Employer Toolkit.

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