May is bicycle month throughout California, and here in Alameda Bike to Work Day is the main celebration. Today is Bike to Work Day with hundreds of commuters turning to two-wheeled transportation. For those riding on their first Bike to Work Day, here are some tips to help prepare.
Plan in advance: Practice riding shorter distances to get comfortable riding a bike. Pre-rides are also a great way to assess if a bike or equipment needs a tune-up.
Some 190 members of the Alameda Backyard Chickens Facebook group recently got together for a hard-boiled egg taste-testing competitions at the invitation of Jeff Bridge of Ploughshares Nursery. The potluck lunch and taste testing brought chicken lovers from Alameda.
Everyone loves the Alameda Theater, an Art Deco movie palace with beautifully restored exterior, lobby, and auditorium.
No one loves trying to find a parking space in a crowded lot. So, to guarantee your happiness, be sure to bike there or anywhere you go in our business districts. The theatre is an essential anchor to our pedestrian-oriented Park Street Business District, drawing hundreds of people who enjoy the movies and then enjoy the variety of places nearby to eat, shop, and stroll. There are plenty of bike racks across from the theatre for your convenience.
Extending the Bay Trail around Alameda Point has long been one of Bike Walk Alameda’s long-term visions. When the Alameda Naval Air Station closed in 1997, proponents of the Bay Trail project recognized the opportunity to complete a major section of the San Francisco Bay perimeter trail. But with great opportunities came great challenges.
A little over a year ago, Bike Alameda and Pedestrian Friendly Alameda joined forces to become Bike Walk Alameda (BWA). The transition was amazingly smooth, primarily because the mission statements from each organization combined so easily. The new mission of Bike Walk Alameda is:
“To make our city a safe and enjoyable place to walk and bike.”
Bike to Work Day (BTWD) has been a tradition in Alameda for more than 15 years. In the early years, the City of Alameda organized BTWD and put the lone Energizer Station at the corner of Central Avenue and Oak Street in front of the science wing of Alameda High School. Later, it was moved in front of City Hall. Today, thanks to the efforts of Bike Walk Alameda, the City of Alameda, and the hundreds of volunteers who have worked over the years, Bike To Work Day is a major event in the city.