Last month was Bike Month, and it was as inspiring as ever! CalBike was in Los Angeles at L.A. Bike Fest, in Sacramento for the Capitol Bike Fest and our Bike Advocacy Day, and helping out in Oakland on Bike to Work Day. There were 15 Cyclofemme rides, 26 Rides of Silence, several Kidical Masses, and of course Bike to Work (and School!) Day was celebrated with hundreds of Energizer Stations throughout the state. We rounded up some great stories and photos from around California. Check them out:
Oakland celebrated not one, but two new green bike lanes this month, one on Telegraph Ave (a protected bike lane!) and the other on Grand Ave in the Grand Lake District going into Piedmont.
Commuters enjoy the new bike lane on Oakland’s Grand Ave. Photo courtesy of Bike East Bay.
Berkeley also got a new protected bike lane, after a huge push from Bike East Bay’s membership. Members rallied together, demanding a bike lane on Fulton Street after one of their own was hit and badly injured there. Great work, Bike East Bay!
Across the Bay, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition raffled off a Yuba Spicy Curry electric cargo bike for Bike Month. The winners are Cristen Miller and her 3-year-old daughter, Betty Chase. Betty is now going to be getting rides to daycare in style.
Winners of SFBC’s raffle. Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition
All nine Bay Area counties (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco
San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma) celebrated Bike to Work Day (BTWD) on May 12th with over 400 Energizer Stations. Thousands of people rode their bikes to work, many for the first time.
Beyond BTWD, all our local partners in the Bay Area had great events all month long.
The Napa County Bicycle Coalition held its 5th Annual NapaBikeFest mid-May. It was a celebration of all things bike, “featuring bike rides for all ages, safety and skills workshops, bike industry demos, activities, bike swap, and much more.” We’re loving these photos of kids riding around a course that was set up for them:
Photos courtesy of the Napa County Bicycle Coalition.
The Bike to School Day down in Silicon Valley was great, with many kids dressing up as Star Wars characters since it was also May 4th (May the Fourth be with you). Check out the SVBC’s write-up about the day.
Up in Shasta, two dozen bicyclists joined Caltrans District 2 Director Dave Moore, City of Redding Public Works Director Brian Crane and staff from Shasta Regional Transportation Agency for a ride. We love seeing officials on bicycle!
Photo courtesy of Anne Thomas at Shasta Living Streets
In Southern California, San Diego hit the ground running with Cyclo De Mayo, which is the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition’s Cinco de Mayo Bike Month ride and kickoff party.
San Diego was the host city for the first stage of the Tour of California. SDCBC hosted Bob Roll for a fundraiser as the Tour swept in and spent Sunday at the finish line at their booth in the expo. "San Diego was swept away with bicycle fever and the turnout for the cyclists was incredible. We met many new faces and friends at our booth," said Erin Stephens, SDCBC's
We followed that with a Bikes V. Cars screening at our downtown library, a press conference for Bike To Work Day, our monthly bike-in Happy Hour called Bikes On Tap, a book reading, and of course, our Christmas, Bike To Work Day!
Pits stops were ALL over San Diego County. The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition's pit stop was at none other than our famous Donut Bar! (Pictures included) We greeted over 200 cyclists at our pit stop with a free t-shirt, swag, and of course, a Bike To Work Day donut!