Bike to Work Day Set for 20th Year

Alamedans join region in annual cycle commute

Thursday, May 9, the Island City celebrated Bike to Work Day hosted by BikeWalk Alameda and the City of Alameda. Starting at 6:15 a.m. at the Main Street and Harbor Bay Ferry terminals, 6:30 a.m. elsewhere, cyclists commuting to work can stop at one of five energizer stations for treats, a tote bag and a thumb’s up for their effort from a friendly volunteer.

The event continued Thursday evening with a short ride, starting at 5 p.m. from City Hall. The ride was just one mile long to the free, all-ages after-party, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. aboard ServiceShip Laguna Verde at Alameda Marina. There will be some food and drink. Schiller Bikes also presented their floating water bikes. The ship will not leave the dock, so cyclists may come and go anytime. 

This year, bicyclists were invited to participate in the first-ever Bike to Work Day Bicycle Bingo. By following the bingo card and riding to complete various tasks around town, bicyclists can win prizes at the after-party.

Bike to Work Day highlights National Bike Month, created by The League of American Bicyclists in 1956 to advance its efforts to create a bicycle-friendly America. Here on the Island, the event offers Alamedans the chance to learn how healthy, safe and easy it can be to commute by bike.

The City of Alameda has partnered with BikeWalk Alameda on an annual Bike to Work Day event since 1999, when the city and the nonprofit helmed a single table serving fewer than 200 cyclists. Since then, participation in the event has grown to more than 1,000 cyclists annually, many of them first-time bike commuters.

Bike to Work Day gives the city and its partners an opportunity to showcase new biking amenities and safety improvements such as the Cross Alameda Trail in Sweeney Park. Participation in Bike to Work Day is free. Learn more at www.bikewalkalameda.org.