Bike to Work Day is Thursday
Alameda’s celebrating Bike to Work Day this coming Thursday, May 13 – eight days earlier than the national Bike to Work Day on May 21, but the early bird catches the half-price mojito, eh? (I’ll explain.)
“Bike to Work Day is a grand celebration that promotes bicycling as a healthy, fun, economical and viable form of transportation,” say the folks at BikeAlameda. And they’re putting their money where their mouth is by setting up “energizer stations” from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, corner of Park and Central; on the wooden walkway on the Harbor Bay Isle side of the Bay Farm Bridge; and at Hawthorn Suites hotel, which is on Webster Street at Pacific.
Bikers can also look forward to free morning rides on three morning runs apiece of the Alameda/Oakland and Harbor Bay ferries (with goodie bags from BikeAlameda); dedicated, morning and evening commute-hour bike lanes on the Miller-Sweeney Bridge (which apparently really took some doing); and those aforementioned half-price mojitos to celebrate a ride well done at Havana Restaurant’s bike home party, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
But wait, there’s more: the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex will host a “Bike to the Movies” event on Sunday, May 16 where you’ll get discount admission, a snack deal and free, valet bike parking (natch) for 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. showings. And on Saturday, May 22, Alameda Natural Grocery is offering a “Bike to the Market” event where shoppers will get a 10 percent discount on all purchases.
Additional information on off-Island bike to work activities can be found on the East Bay Bicycle Coalition’s website.
Bike to Work Day was started by the League of American Bicyclists in 1956 and it’s part of National Bike Month.